Jon Lewis

Isaiah Rashad uses the word "surreal" a lot. It's hard to blame him.

Consider the trajectory of his life and career over the last decade: In 2013, Rashad was still a relatively unknown up-and-comer from Chattanooga, Tenn., before he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, this century's most celebrated rap label. Twice he released critically acclaimed projects — 2014's Cilvia Demo and 2016's The Sun's Tirade — and twice he disappeared from public view, folding inward as he struggled with substance abuse and his mental health.

Amidst widespread protests against the very systems that Killer Mike and El-P rap about tearing down, Run the Jewels released its fourth album, RTJ4, by surprise at 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 3. The album is available on streaming services and as a free download on the group's website.

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Kimmel and Colbert, Bee and Fallon et al., pay attention: Elmo did not come to play.

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Lady Gaga released "Rain On Me," the second single ahead of her upcoming album Chromatica midnight Friday morning, followed by a music video Friday afternoon.

If there was ever a time when the world as a whole could use the rush of pure joy that accompanies a new Carly Rae Jepsen album, it's now. Thankfully, the reigning Canadian queen of pop delivered, releasing Dedicated Side B, a counterpart to 2019's Dedicated, this morning via Spotify and Apple Music.

Future, one of hip-hop's most prolific stars, released his first full-length album of the year, High Off Life, on Friday. The album was executive produced by longtime Future collaborator DJ Esco and features guest verses from Drake, Travis Scott, Young Thug and DaBaby.

The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest closed for entries on April 27. We've seen entries from every state in the country; from big bands and solo artists; and from a huge range of styles and genres — and now, our judges will start to comb through our entries to find a winner. In the meantime, we've been sharing some of favorite entries to this year's Contest.


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Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have released a new song, "Stuck With U," and an accompanying music video early Friday morning.

The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest closed for entries on April 27. We've seen entries from every state in the country; from big bands and solo artists; and from a huge range of styles and genres — and now, our judges will start to comb through our entries to find a winner. In the meantime, we've been sharing some of favorite entries to this year's Contest.


With so many of the world's social rhythms disrupted, it can be reassuring when at least something is predictable, and nothing has more consistently accompanied the coming of summer in recent pop music history than new music from Drake. Right on cue, the Toronto singer, rapper and meme generator released a 14-song mixtape, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, at midnight this morning, alongside an Instagram post promising his sixth studio album later this summer. Listen below.

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