[Editor's Note: In his column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] On Monday night I watched the movie about TLC, the most important all-girl rap group of all-time. It came on VH1. I was excited. TLC was all over radio when I was growing up. They helped, in part, ... More >>
Rocko is much more than the astronomical, controversial smash, "U.O.E.N.O." He's been around for years, having signed to Def Jam in 2006, but U.O.E.N.O. it. He's more than just a rapper, having signed Future years ago when his name was Meathead the Future, but you don't even know that either. In fac ... More >>
Rick Ross is a smart man. He's smarter than me, and probably smarter than you. He went from one of the most laughable men in rap music to one of the most powerful and respected, and he did it simply by betting on himselfor by betting on an imagined version of himself. More specifically, Rick ... More >>
Remember last fall's hullabaloo surrounding R. Kelly's memoir Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me? First announced back in December 2009, Kelly's book was originally slated for last November 15, but then mysteriously disappeared from online retailers a few days earlier, only to be pushed back to spring 20 ... More >>
In this week's Voice, I chatted with a few of the biggest young names in L.A. hip-hop for a piece on the style of minimalist, post-jerk, post-hyphy party rap that they're calling ratchet music. Below are some outtakes from my conversation with one of leaders of that scene, the rapper best known for ... More >>
In Seattle on Wednesday, The X Factor was doing its damndest not to be American Idol. Producers had overseen the first round of auditions, and now, in front of an audience of 4,000, the few acts who had passed muster would perform for judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Sc ... More >>
After endless clashes and delays, the OutKast rapper's triumphant solo album emerges at last
Get the MP3 here or here. "I'm shittin' on niggas/And pissin' on the seat," avers Big Boi on the massive, glitzy, delightfully garish (i.e. Scott Storch-produced) new single off the (finally!) imminent Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, hip-hop's most appalling endless-delay hosta ... More >>
--The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he'll be reviewing video games. Ahem: "Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wa ... More >>
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