A Tupac Musical Gets a Second Chance

An Atlanta theater still believes in “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” which makes use of the rapper’s songbook but stumbled on Broadway in 2014.

Critic’s Notebook: Pop Star Egos Are Pushed Aside at Wacky, Socially Aware MTV V.M.A.s

The show, hosted by Katy Perry, started off with lighthearted tweaks of pop perfectionism, then turned to more serious issues.

Playlist: The Playlist: Fifth Harmony Delivers a Sugary Pleasure and 11 More New Songs

Hear the songs that made our critics stop and listen this week by Beck, Maya Jane Coles, Action Bronson and more.

Critic’s Notebook: How Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ Took Over the Summer

The Instagram star turned budding rapper’s song has raced up the Billboard chart without a boost from a meme or viral video.

Tay-K Was a 17-Year-Old ‘Violent Fugitive.’ Then His Song Went Viral.

The knotty back story of “The Race,” one of the summer’s fastest-growing songs, is unlike that of any other viral hit.

Critic’s Notebook: YoungBoy Never Broke Again Brings Back Rap Realism

The 17-year-old Baton Rouge rapper is embracing a out-of-vogue approach, making him different from the melodic sensualists and rowdy eccentrics dominating hip-hop today.