Yesterday, two days before New York's Democratic primary, Brooklyn's Prospect Park was filled with families, recent college grads, kids from the surrounding neighborhoods and old hippies who looked as if they'd crossed the country many times over.
Jidenna, the Brooklyn singer whose first LP on Janelle Monae's Wondaland Records arrives in 2016, was at his label's studio when he learned "Classic Man," his electro-R&B ode to vintage dress and suave masculinity, had received a Grammy nomination for best rap/sung collaboration.
In October 2014, Leon Bridges, 26, couldn’t stop checking the Internet. The soul singer had been a fixture at open mics in Fort Worth, Texas, but few outside the state knew his name until MP3 blog 'Gorilla vs. Bear' streamed his debut single, “Coming Home.”
One of the biggest comebacks in Puerto Rico's rich musical history began in an unlikely place: more than 1,000 miles away, in Colombia. That's where rapper-singer Nicky Jam, a star in reggaeton's explosion in the 1990s and early 2000s, exiled himself after torpedoing his career through drugs, alcohol and an ill-advised beef with his own mentor, Daddy Yankee.