Jason King

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  • 10 years ago

    Geffen prez Jimmy Iovine has cooked up synergistic film vehicles for label stars Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and 50 Cent. But last month's news that "Undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" Mary J. Blige would star in an MTV biopic of High Priestess of Soul N...

  • 10 years ago

    Face, can we talk? How come we still haven't seen a multi-CD retrospective box set, how long we got to wait? What's the Deele-yo? Nearly three decades into a celebrated career earmarked by three consecutive production Grammys, the Indianapolis-bor...

  • 11 years ago

    You're forgiven if the cosmic ubiquity of the Black Eyed Peas made you forget they were once part of the same multiculti Los Angeles underground that spawned homespun groups like Ozomatli and the Visionaries. By now, the Peas have bestowed eccentr...

  • 11 years ago

    Crooner Luther Vandross, who passed away July 1 at 54, forged a career trademarked by showbiz glitz and emotional melodrama. So it was entirely fitting that his majestic July 8 memorial service at Riverside Church struck a balance between diva spe...

  • 11 years ago

    You'll need to turn the volume up on your CD player to hear my favorite Luther moment. At 1:13 into his 1994 interpretation of Mitch Leigh's "The Impossible Dream," Vandross reflexively exhorts a "hmmph" on the heels of the phrase "to bear with un...

  • 11 years ago

    Hip-hop's senior generation of critics will argue that 25 years of corporate greed killed the music's true spirit. Harder to find a critic who'll admit that hip-hop's quarantine of all things feminine has atrophied the music. It isn't simply women...


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