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Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    XXL: In Loving Memory

    Newsstands nationwide got a little less cool on Monday when news emerged that magazine XXL will be no more. The New York Post broke the story that Harris Publications, who've carried the hip-hop magazine for the entirety of its 17-year existence, sold all of XXL to Townsquare Media, the Greenwich, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Source 360 at BAM: A Guide

    This year, rap publication The Source celebrates its 25th birthday. Considered by many to be "the hip-hop Bible," the publication has been a cornerstone of the hip-hop culture, impacting everything from breaking new artists, to making "5 Mics," the coveted highest honors the magazine awards an album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    New York Jazz Greats Ask City Council to Help Them Win Fair Pay [Video]

    Many of New York's great jazz musicians are aging into poverty, strained by a lifetime of working in clubs that deny them any benefits, healthcare, or pensions. That was the testimony before a City Council joint committee yesterday from the members of Justice for Jazz Artists , a campaign created to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Doom and Bishop Nehru Team Up for the Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Album

    Five years ago, I boarded a plane from JFK to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on the instruction that at some point between takeoff and landing the hip-hop artist MF Doom would text me from a secret cell-phone number and give me directions about how to meet him for an interview. The texts arriv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Mr. Brainwash Hopes His Massive 9/11 Mural Causes a 'Festival of 9/11'

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'xla3M5cDo7xkuWktew6TSZEScwkD4T-I'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video "I hope next year there will be [art] everywhere, [and on] every corner, some people doing something. It becomes very ... it becomes like a festival ... like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Loudon Wainwright III: "I Figured I'd be Dead Before I Was 30"

    With the exception of his satirical West Coast soulmate, Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III, is one of the only singer-songwriters from the '70s still turning out tunes that are consistently well-crafted, profound and funny. We recently spoke to Wainwright about his newest album, Haven't Got The Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Songwriting Advice From Successful Songwriters

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Dance

    September 3, 2014

    Fall Picks: Dance

    The Fall 2014 Issue

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time

    Wednesday, September 3rd, Aerosmith play the Prudential Center. While much has been written about their extensive catalog and presence in the media, their influence on early hip-hop has been somewhat understated. The drum breaks from tracks like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" were some of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Westboro Baptist Church Will Also Picket Gawker, Buzzfeed, Foursquare, Basically Everybody Else

    Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music blasted out of New York, Los Angeles, and London in the mid to late '70s. In film and on TV, portrayals of punk are often misguided or straight laughable (Hello Quincy! Hi C.H.I.P.S!) But sometimes they get it kinda sorta right. Here now, ou ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2014
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    August 27, 2014

    THRILLER NIGHT

    It's not just MJ's music that’s immortal

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Covergirl, Trojan, and Kia Win Big at MTV Video Music Awards!

    Last night was the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, brought to you by State Farm, Covergirl, Trojan, Kia, Verizon and more. In our preview last week, we mentioned the increasing emphasis on interactivity at the awards, but my goodness was last night an absolute social media assault sponsored by s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Your Guide to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

    This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Finding the Poetry in Hip-Hop

    By the time I began studying English and creative writing at NYU, I had already started to identify myself as a poet. I lived and breathed poetry; it was the only way I could compute and make sense of my surroundings. Simultaneously, I was also an EDM head, before electronic music had become so wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Were The 1999 MTV Video Music Award the Greatest of All Time?

    With the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, the music world and Taco Bell both seem to be abuzz with VMA fever. But as excited as we are about this year's telecast, VMA season has us nostalgic for some of our favorite Video Music Awards memories. One particular telecast we keep coming b ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Drake Vs. Lil Wayne - Forest Hills Stadium - 8/19/14

    Better than: Watching a bro-comedy film. Is Step-Brothers now to hip-hop what Scarface or kung-fu movies used to be? With Kanye quoting the film in interviews and Eminem doing the same in concerts, it's difficult to not compare the loving push-and-shove between Drake and his mentor Lil Wayne to tha ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014

    ARCADE GAMES

    Indie and getting Indie-r.

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Funk Legend Steve Arrington On Being Sampled By A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A. and Jay Z

    Steve Arrington has attainted a position of righteous funk royalty. Having risen to prominence with the band Slave in the late-'70s, he then flew the roost to form the humbly-monikered Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame before storming through the '80s as a solo funkateer. Along the way, Arrington's swa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Eminem x Rihanna - MetLife Stadium - 8/17/14

    Better than: Probably seeing either of them on their own. Eminem and Rihanna are strangely perfect for one another. Both are the rebellious kids of hip-hop with Eminem still happy to play the kooky rascal and Rih finding herself more and more comfortable with being the apathetic lil sis going thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Statik Selektah Has Invented a New Drink Called The M Train

    "I tried to make an album as if N.W.A. met A Tribe Called Quest, so jazzy but still gangsta," says the producer Statik Selektah of his new #WhatGoesAround project. Featuring hometown rhymers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch, the album drops on August 19th. Ahead of th ... More >>

  • Theater

    August 13, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014
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    August 13, 2014

    MONSTER MASH-UP

    Pop’s most controversial stars align

  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    August 13, 2014

    TEACHER’S PET

    Will the student surpass in this rap battle?

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Why New York Is More Punk Than L.A.

    Anyone with a half way decent record collection and half working brain knows New York City is the birthplace of punk. And I'm not trying to start beef here; I'm just trying to lay down some truth. This week our sister paper the L.A. Weekly ran a wrongheaded article, "Why L.A. Is More Punk Than New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Fantastic Five: The Legacy Of The Wild Style Breakbeats

    When the movie Wild Style was released in 1981, it helped spread the culture of hip-hop across the world. But while Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy's flick has become a cornerstone of hip-hop history, the story of the breaks that were used in the movie has been shrouded in mystery. Instead of callin ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2014
  • Film

    August 6, 2014
  • Film

    August 6, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    August 6, 2014
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    August 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Legendary Cyphers Bring Hip-Hop Back to Union Square Park

    "Hip-hop was set out in the dark/ They used to do it out in the park" begins MC Shan's classic rap track "The Bridge." But while the almost 30-year-old track refers to rap's park days in the past tense, hip-hop in the park is more alive than ever thanks to Legendary Cyphers. Started in August, 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    1984: A Great Year for Hip-Hop

    We've just passed the half-way point of 2014 and, and if you've followed the hip-hop newswire with even a passing curiosity, you're probably already up to your medulla oblongata in "20th Anniversary" retrospectives. That's not to say 1994 wasn't an incredible year, but the high praise it's been gett ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014

    A BRONX TALE

    Manhattan and the Museo salute their neighbor to the north

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Exclusive: Comedian Gary Gulman Announces Late-Night Milestone, Fall Tour, New Special

    As of his springtime appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gary Gulman has officially appeared on every late-night network talk show currently on the air. (That'd include The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Rap and Basketball: A History

    On Sunday, Wale, Fabolous, and Big Sean performed at the Barclays Center as part of the celebrity basketball challenge. With the three performing in a venue that a rap artist help build, it's a reminder of the long and storied history rap and basketball have had together -- hip-hop and hoops have pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Heavy Metal Spin Class Is a Thing

    A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2014

    Trolling Hell

    Whatever the Satanic Temple is, it probably isn't what you think.

  • Film

    July 23, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    July 23, 2014
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    July 23, 2014
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    July 23, 2014

    OVER THE HILL

    Lauryn can still serenade us

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    The Five Best Punk Supergroups of All Time

    Punk rock is known for bands breaking up just as quickly as they form. So many seminal groups across its history have only one record to their name that critics talk a lot more about bands breaking up than forming for that reason. But every now and then we get the rare punk supergroup, and it always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    A Brief History of "Weird Al" and Rhyme

    This week sees the release of Mandatory Fun, the 14th studio album from the high priest of parody "Weird Al" Yankovic. Yankovic's uncanny ability to mimic and mock the stylings of his targets are always impressive, especially his endeavors into the world of hip-hop. While "Amish Paradise" and "White ... More >>

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