Kendrick Lamar

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Jorja Smith: her songs are personal and strong; it’s as if she has plucked each verse from a diary entry
Jorja Smith: Our New VBF

“So why are all the riches staying afloat? See all my brothers drowning even though they nicked the boat. Mothership ain’t helping anyone. See, the sh(...)

XXXTentacion: his fans included Diplo, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. Photograph:   Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images

XXXTentacion lived a life of hyperfast, nihilistic violence where nothing could ever be put on pause. In the past year alone, he had a number one Bill(...)

Floral tribute to Savita Halappanavar at the George Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The group behind some of the most recognisable street art in Dublin have released a video documentary calling on the city council to radically change (...)

Jorja Smith releases her debut long-player Lost & Found next week

New artist of the week: Jorja Smith What: Drake and Stormzy collaborator in the spotlight Where: England Why: The 21-year-old Walsall R&B singe(...)

Donald Glover: he uses his platform as Childish Gambino to amplify the voices of the marginalised
Donald Glover: Our New VBF

For those of us who have kept up to date with Donald Glover’s career – the nice Donald, as I assume his friends call him – the past few weeks have bro(...)

Chvrches are at their most interesting when they probe various personal and political turmoils underneath their sugary synth melodies

When Chvrches (pronounced “churches”) emerged in 2013, I initially thought they were yet another pretentious hipster band with a daft name. This was e(...)

 Ed Sheeran performing in the Phoenix Park last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar were the biggest winners at the 2018 Billboard music awards, with six wins each. Sheeran triumphed in some of the most (...)

Leon Bridges: ‘New Orleans is one of my favourites although I’m a little biased because all my family is from New Orleans’

Current favourite book I don’t have the discipline to read many books, but the last one I read was Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison. It’s th(...)

Kendrick Lamar: won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album DAMN. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

In late January, the Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. DAMN., Lamar’s fourth LP, w(...)

The ‘New York Times’ shared Pulitzer Prizes for its work on Harvey Weinstein and Russian links to the Trump administration. File photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The New York Times and the New Yorker have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct tha(...)

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