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The New York Times

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Recent articles by Jon:

Lil Baby Takes a Stand, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by John Prine, Raphael Saadiq, Ambrose Akinmusire and others. → Read More

Robert Ford Jr., an Early Force in Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 70

He chronicled the scene when it was new, then went on to mentor some of its most important early figures, including Kurtis Blow and Russell Simmons. → Read More

Dolly Parton Promises Hope, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Rosalía and Travis Scott, Nicole Atkins, Bright Eyes and others. → Read More

Breland Is Country. Breland Is Hip-Hop. Can Breland Go Pop?

The 24-year-old’s single “My Truck” is the most viable fusion of rural and urban since “Old Town Road,” and his new EP pushes the sound even further. → Read More

Ty, British Rapper Who Bridged Generations and Genres, Dies at 47

His sound didn’t fit neatly into any hip-hop archetypes, and he pushed to make room for unconventional voices. → Read More

Aventura’s Stripped-Down Livestream, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Future, Rico Nasty, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and others. → Read More

Jodeci’s Unplugged ‘Lately’ Was Its Pinnacle. Andre Harrell Made It Happen.

In 1993, the R&B group performed on an “MTV Unplugged” devoted to Harrell’s Uptown Records. “Lately” was a master class. → Read More

Andre Harrell, Executive Who Bridged Hip-Hop and R&B, Dies at 59

He founded the influential label Uptown Records and gave a first break to Sean Combs, who would go on to become one of hip-hop’s signature moguls. → Read More

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s Slow Dance, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Bob Dylan, Rhiannon Giddens, Jamie xx and others. → Read More

How Hip-Hop Royalty Found a New Home on Instagram Live

The pandemic halted in-person gatherings, but a new type of party was born on social media, with rap stars leading the charge. → Read More

'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' Review: Drake Was Isolated Way Before Quarantine

“Dark Lane Demo Tapes” is a collection of rough drafts about the struggles of success and hints at what his next album might sound like. → Read More

Beyoncé Amps Up ‘Savage,’ and 12 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Oasis, Haim, Kenny Chesney and others. → Read More

The Latest Indulgence in Hip-Hop Videos? Coronavirus Protection

The pandemic has engendered new ways to flex. → Read More

The Rolling Stones Still Miss You, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Juice WRLD, Evanescence, Jónsi and others. → Read More

Fred the Godson, Nimble New York Rapper, Dies at 41

The Bronx musician was a forceful presence on mixtapes, filling his rhymes with clever punch lines. → Read More

The ‘2 Lizards’ of Instagram Are Coronavirus Art Stars

Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki are building a world of animated anxiety and resistance aimed at phones. → Read More

The ‘2 Lizards’ of Instagram Are Coronavirus Art Stars

Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki are building a world of animated anxiety and resistance aimed at phones. → Read More

Fiona Apple Is Back and Unbound: Let’s Discuss

“Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” the singer and songwriter’s first album since 2012, is a bold, cathartic, challenging masterpiece. Our critics have a lot to say about it. → Read More

Bon Iver’s Plea, and 8 More New Songs

Hear tracks by the Streets, Norah Jones, American Football and others. → Read More

How Does a New Yawker Tawk?

The #BestNYAccent challenge on Instagram brought out the sound of an unflappable city. → Read More