Yeah, you read that title right. If you’re not familiar with the pseudonym “K.Dot,” that’s just another stage name of today’s greatest rapping talent, Kendrick Lamar. And yes, yesterday he was announced as having won the Pulitzer Prize for music this past year for his album, DAMN. This makes him not only the first ever rap artist to be awarded the prize, but also the only musician to not belong to classical or jazz genres since Pulitzer began awarding prizes for music in 1943. Quite a feat, and a much deserved win.
Because of the monumental win for Kendrick, I have ended this week’s Jukebox with one of my favorite tracks on DAMN. Elsewhere on the playlist, Jake and I have highlighted stunning new singles by Nicki Minaj, Empress Of, and Kali Uchis. Outside of those three, there’s another 16 impressive songs we’ve added to round out this week’s playlist.
— Michael Lane, Blog
Woo! It’s Tuesday! You know what that means! And if you don’t, well, where have you been?
Of course we have another edition of Jet Fuel Jukebox, our weekly 20-song playlist curated by Jake Johnson and I.
The annual Chicago Pitchfork music festival had its lineup revealed the other day, and since I’ve already purchased my tickets, I based my picks on some of the artists I cannot wait to see. And though there’s no Carly Rae Jepsen or Neon Indian in the playlist, it’s because I think you are all probably a little sick of me adding those artists to this playlist so much. You know that I am ecstatic to see both of those artists at the fest.
Also, tomorrow, Jake will have a review of Kanye West’s new Tidal-exclusive (for now, at least) album, The Life of Pablo. I think the album is pretty impressive and I’ve listened to it dozens of times in the past week, but how will Jake feel about it? Come back tomorrow and find out!
Artists on this week’s playlist include Empress Of, Ryn Weaver, and Porches.
— Michael Lane, Blog Editor