On his latest album, he again surprises every listener by making something that seems truly sincere. Lonely" is a fascinating and seemingly honest exploration of solitude. Then that beat hits like you’ve just been dropped in the middle of the most dizzyingly lit club.
"I'm the loneliest man alive, but I keep on dancing to throw them off," he raps as the chorus begs you to call him. It happens again as Rihanna comes into her verse with a confident, comfortable groove.
You don’t even need a record label to become famous.
In many ways the streaming age has become the great equalizer. Lil Peep, a largely unknown emo rapper, can amass internet fame and help direct the future of a new hybrid genre. Yet music this year was defined by outrage, by progress, by passion and escapism. Listen to our Spotify playlist here or at the bottom of the page..: "Within 14 tracks, carried out over wax / Wonderin' if I'm livin' through fear or livin' through rap." The track is nearly eight minutes long, but it doesn't feel that way, given the song's many movements—a voicemail sermon from his cousin Carl Duckworth, a section of looped vocals that sound like Lamar is speaking in tongues, a list of all the ways a young black man could die, a chorus about rising above it all.
Even if you don’t know Gideon, you It takes a powerful debut song to knock the Queen of Pop, Taylor Swift, off the top of the pop charts.
And that's what Cardi B did with the historically successful "Bodak Yellow." The swaggering hit marked the first time a female rapper scored a solo No. It makes total sense, too, as the song takes Cardi B's no-fucks-given approach to life that made her an Instagram and reality star.
If that's not the perfect encapsulation of popular culture in 2017, then I don't know what is. At two minutes and 14 seconds long, when it ends with a flickering synth, one might first say, “Fuck, that’s it? But even though it leaves you wanting more, “Country” is as long as it needs to be—a focused and concise meditation.
It’s a short and perfect journey, structurally sound and built on a gradually increasing series of growing instruments into a chorus of soaring harmonies. It’s like a short story that you keep coming back to, an experience that feels good to have one more time.
This means any newcomer—any passionate or lonely kid in a room with a song in his or her head—can have as much power as any established artist with a Sound Cloud.
Artists have the tools to create and release new music at any moment with the push of a button.
There's a true zest for life, like this is what happiness should feel like.
It's possible to get so lost in the song's many wordless emotions that you can miss the drums, which almost ceaselessly shred for the entire quarter of an hour.
That, and she avoids cliches both musically and thematically, crafting pop music that’s neither obnoxiously bubbly nor overtly somber. This is often because Lorde’s music plays in the mixolydian mode, it’s hard to really pinpoint if she’s happy or sad.