5. Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk’s late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young members—17-year-old drummer Paris Wright and student bassist from Berklee College of …

6. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay-Z: Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (remix)

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

When Kris Kross “jumped” onto the scene in ’92, they inspired young people everywhere to get Totally Krossed Out with their Jermaine Dupri-produced debut album. They also ignited a major fashion moment when it was suddenly acceptable to wear an entire ensemble backwards—jeans, baseball jersey, belt and all. Their ephemeral reign as the daddy macs of teen rap left an indelible mark on music, and …

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RJD2's private holiday jam, Rollo Grady's CMJ mix, Shit Robot and more in our look at music this week

Poliça: Shulamith NPR Music gave readers a first listen to Poliça’s upcoming sophomore album, Shulamith, which the erudite outlet has dubbed “nearly perfect.” Channy Leaneagh’s silvery vocals have the magical ability to both soothe and probe, while the lyrics take listeners on a philosophical journey “about rejection and questioning cultural ideals.” Complexly arranged and simply beautiful on the ears, Poliça’s latest work shows this blossoming …