Unafraid to tackle the big subjects, artists like Curtis Mayfield and Kendrick Lamar are as brave in their music as they are in their politics.
Even before the advent of streaming, musicians rewrote the rules and delighted fans with surprise albums. Here are some that shook the industry.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
With career album sales of ten million to his name, Cullum's new studio record represents a striking new direction.
A history of Blaxploitation film soundtracks that helped define the genre, and the musicians who asserted their street cred by writing their scores.
Aretha Franklin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for her “indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades”.
At the cutting-edge of modern jazz, Miles Mosley looks at the jazz tradition – his icons and influences, and where jazz may go tomorrow.
From awards-laden lyricists to those whose creativity has reached new heights of expression, these musicians could – and should – be considered poets.
A dazzling album that defined black America both musically and lyrically, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is a visionary album that will resonate for decades to come.
Compton rapper YG’s 2014 explosive debut for Def Jam, My Krazy Life is heading to wax on 15 March
Anyone wondering how to navigate hip-hop’s five decades needs some signposts to help point the way. uDiscover presents the history of hip-hop in 20 Songs.
Steeped in tradition while pushing music into new frontiers, modern R&B has infiltrated the mainstream and become the go-to sound for pop music.
Eminem makes a guest appearance on the collaborative track ‘Rainy Days’ featuring his latest protégé Boogie.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
From emerging artists making their big debut to legendary icons gracing the stage, here are some best Grammy performances of all time.