Workers of the Hardwood, Unite!The labor revolution that upended the balance of power in basketball and brought Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James to the NBA.
The Life of Pablo Is an Attack on the Very Idea of the AlbumHas Kanye West turned against his once-favorite art form?
The San Antonio Spurs Are Not the Greatest Team EverI am very, deeply sorry I ever doubted you, Warriors.
Hands to the FaceThe woeful Concussion fails to hold the NFL—or anyone—accountable for the CTE crisis.
Warrior KingsGolden State is currently playing better than any basketball team in history. You might want to watch them.
Jessica Jones Is Our First Real Super-AntiheroAnd Netflix’s new series about her is excellent.
The Timberwolves Are So Much Fun That You Should Pay to Watch ThemMinnesota is the most exciting bad team in the NBA.
The Knick Reinvented the Period DramaIt’s easy to treat the past as a cozy prequel to the present. But in Steven Soderbergh’s hands, history is at once horrifying and so beautiful you can’t look away.
Goodell’s Long FallWhy the NFL commissioner’s latest disaster might actually be his undoing.
Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates’s new book is a monumental work about being black in America that every American urgently needs to read.
B.B. King’s Greatest PerformanceThe three-song medley at the heart of his masterpiece may be the best 12 minutes of live musical performance ever recorded.
Why It Hurts So Much to Lose Phife Dawg, the Irascible, Hilarious Soul of A Tribe Called Quest
The Big Short Is Adam McKay’s Second-Best FilmHis greatest achievement remains Step Brothers.
“Under Pressure” Is a Reminder That David Bowie Could Also Be Wonderfully, Powerfully Human
The Music Club
The Music Club, 2015Entry 13: Why Future’s DS2 might be the album of the year, whether or not you like Future the person.
TV Club Podcast
The Empire Podcast, Episode 8Slate’s TV Club hosts discuss the good parts of this week’s refreshing episode of Empire.
The New ATLiensDrake is the biggest rapper in our world, but his new mixtape with Future reveals just how much Atlanta has become its own galaxy.
Nothing Was the SameIn another era, Meek Mill might have had the upper hand in his beef with Drake—an era before Drake rewrote all the rules.
After AltamontAs their world was spinning apart, the Rolling Stones made one of the greatest albums in rock ’n’ roll history.
How Bill Simmons Changed SportswritingAnd why being let go by ESPN is the best thing that could have happened for his career.