A Great Year for Underground RapTired of watching the throne? Give a listen to Lil B., Danny Brown, and Spaceghostpurrp.
Hearing VoicesJames Blake's dazzling debut album is somewhere between avant-garde dance music and blue-eyed soul.
The Culture Gabfest, "All Hail Hailee" EditionListen to Slate's podcast about the 2011 Oscar nominations, IFC's new sketch comedy show Portlandia, and Brock Enright's pay-per-thrill "reality adventures."
The Culture Gabfest, "It's Not Me, It's Me" EditionListen to Slate's show about the week in culture.
He's a MonsterKanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the best album of the year and the best of his career.
The Self-Hating PlayaOn his debut album, Drake raps about how alienated he feels when he drives luxury cars and sleeps with models.
The Love MovementAt the heart of the A Tribe Called Quest documentary is a touching story of a fraught friendship.
The Storyteller's StorytellerNo journalist working today spins a yarn quite like TheNew Yorker's David Grann.
Kanye West Has a GobletAn all-access, totally non-exclusive interview with the would-be king of hip-hop.
The Myths of Katrina Ten years after the storm, falsehood about warnings, violence, and recovery persist. Here’s the truth.
What Happened at Slate This Week? International affairs writer Joshua Keating on what to read to understand the apparently permanent slowdown of the Chinese economy.
“Dressing a Refined Story With a Touch of Vulgarity”: An Interview With Elena Ferrante’s Art Director