The world of battle rap hit a new milestone Saturday night as Total Slaughter, the first traditional terrestrial pay-per-view in battle rap history, was held at Hammerstein Ballroom. Promoted by Eminem's Shady Records, the event was the biggest platform rap battling has had to date, headlined by ... More >>
Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyr ... More >>
As you know, this week's column is a wacky and poignant joyride through a Parsippany autograph convention where I hobnobbed with all sorts of bright lights, gamely pushing and shoving my way through the throngs to show my icons some sensitivity and love.
A few weeks ago, my colleague Chris Molanphy broke down how "Super Bass," the late-breaking crossover smash from Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, presented a rare example of a hit album taking months to yield a top 10 single after moving major units out of the gate. But at the time, I was patiently ... More >>
Is grinding allowed during "Darling Nikki" at Prospect Park?
So the above is nominally 50 Cent's revenge on Rick Ross for a crime whose origins are already murky at best--Ross made fun of him for burning his baby mother's house down in "Mafia Music," back in January, and things just got more upsetting from there. 50 struck back with "Officer Ricky," a barely ... More >>
In her new book, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, Debbie Nelson says the portrayal of Em's mama in the movie 8 Mile was as fictional as Slim Shady. Writes Debs, "The Basinger character comes on to her own son and his friends. That is just sick. She's addicted to alcohol and bingo, her trailer is an ... More >>
Get your avant-garde fix with plenty of experimental cinema this season
Hustle and dough: 50 Cent fine in debut, but G persona precludes emotional honesty
Trick daddy: Pimp-hop flick's troubled sensibility sabotages an exquisite lead performance
Mr. Smith violates an immutable celebrity-universe law
Finally a chance to catch up on all those new bands. Well, maybe not bands exactly . . .
Can Marshall come out and play? On his new album, Em just wants to be unremarkable.
The Critics Speak
Upstanding Suburban Citizen Eminem Sets the Fatherhood Standard
As Battles Turn Complicated, Murder Remains Bigger Than Hip-Hop
Why We Voted for Slim Shady
Hip-hop Movies Mythologize the Age of Innocence
Class Trumps Race in Eminem's '8 Mile'
'8 Mile' Lines and On-the-Job Bondage in Toronto