You enter the room and they're already there. Some of the names you recognize: Randa the Rhyma (45 wins), Gig@ntic (48 wins), and Novice Raps (53 wins). You've checked the boards obsessively, but you've only ever been here before anonymously, as a guest. This is your first appearance in competition. ... More >>
These days I enjoy making a living writing and teaching music, but at one point not too long ago my primary source of income was battle rapping. Yes, entering tournaments and spontaneously rhyming insulting someone over a beat was how I earned a living for a number of years. Tonight, September 16th, ... More >>
It began during Grammy Week. The members of Gov't Mule had convened in L.A. to see one of their own, frontman Warren Haynes, accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for his other band, the Allman Brothers. And while everyone was in town, they decided to jam out some new helpings of their signature brand ... More >>
When the election night broadcast cut to Bill de Blasio's victory party late Tuesday, some watching from home had the chance to see what could very well be the next first family of New York City in action for the first time. Daily Show host Jon Stewart, for one, was smitten.
The thin veil between life and death was ripped apart earlier this week with the release of Eminem's music video for "Berzerk." The highly anticipated visual debut for the first single from Marshall Mathers LP 2 (to be released November 5th) features old-school graphics, Detroit, and a pixilated "So ... More >>
In spite of the massive contributions he has made to video art, children's entertainment, and inventing the modern remix, "R. Kelly" is still a soiled name. Ever since his erratic behavior and outsized personality pushed his raw talent to the side, he has been regarded by many as more of a caricatur ... More >>
Better Than: Everything. It started like a movie. The lights dim and rise up again. Excited cheers stifled by a few excited gasps. Half a second goes by and... "I'VE GOT NO REGRET RIGHT NOW." The nasal boom comes from deep within guitarist Tom DeLonge's throat, and with a ferocity that's unmatch ... More >>
Deer Tick does Nirvana
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This Saturday, September 7th at the Westchester County Center, comedy legend Bill Cosby will be performing his time-tested classic brand of stand-up. From the stage to the television to on record, The Cos has touched several generations with his many comedic gifts. His impact is clear even on the hi ... More >>
Some time ago Voice writer David Thorpe learned Jim Beam was putting on a contest which would give fans of Kid Rock the opportunity to be Rock's personal bartender during his slow moving STD delivery system across the states Rebel Soul tour. Thorpe, a GIANT Kid Rock fan if there ever was one, entere ... More >>
YC The Cynic released his excellent GNK album last week, and now we're proud to premiere the video to the storming "The Heaviest Cross." It's a track the Bronx-based rapper calls "one of the more introspective records on the album," and he describes visuals as "kinda like different rooms in this wei ... More >>
Madden 25 comes out today, and you'd think it would have everything a dork who likes playing pretend football could want. The game's received positive reviews. There are new bells and whistles to try out. (Okay, basically, it has updated rosters.) And there's the opportunity to play online and lose ... More >>
This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, ... More >>
It's only Monday, but shit has already hit the fan at Afropunk HQ. A second wave of performers was supposed to be announced on the festival's website on Wednesday, but this morning one miscommunication led to another, and now they've accidentally been posted two days early. Twin Shadow is one of the ... More >>
Macklemore has good intentions in his hit song "Same Love." They are intentions I won't bother rehashing or defending because you've heard the song blasted in every store, car, bus, boutique, and street-corner you've stood on for the past couple months--but they are also intentions that do not trans ... More >>
By Darryl Smyers Formed in Austin nearly a decade ago, The Sword is one of the heaviest bands to emerge from that scene. Full of monstrous guitar riffs and typically bombastic sci-fi themes, the four Sword albums are intense, thought-provoking and filled with good humor. The band's most recent effo ... More >>
Better Than: Watching rappers perform at ground level. Hip-hop doesn't usually do small, intimate "living room performances," but maybe that's because rappers haven't found the right living room. Last night, Travi$ Scott and A$AP Ferg took over producer Mike Dean's SoHo penthouse loft for the late ... More >>
Uncommon NASA is an MC, Label President, producer, engineer, and has worn pretty much every hat there is to wear in underground hip-hop over the past 15 years. In that time he's also been a pretty important part of some of the genre's classics including mixing Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and El-P's ... More >>
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Cameron Giles is not the only rapper who used to get it in Ohio. Stalley, the Blue Collar Gang founder and Maybach Music Group member still puts on for the Double O despite having lived in New York for years now. Well, that's not entirely true. A more accurate way of putting it would be that he sti ... More >>
Better Than: Only screaming along to tracks from Bleed American in the comfort of your parents' car. Andrew McMahon once sang "it's to Jimmy Eat World and those nights in my car" in the eight minute epic titled "Konstantine" that would become his band Something Corporate's most important and defin ... More >>
What happens to the youth-obsessed genre when its greats reach retirement?
In the sports entertainment universe, wrestler Rob Van Dam is "the whole damn show." In the fictional sphere of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, ascending to international tennis is "making the show"; in the real world, that's what aspiring baseballers think of as earning a spot on a MLB team. ... More >>
Solaris gets a marathon reading
One of the most famous scenes in the landmark television show The Wire takes place in the early part of the first season. Three characters--who at this point the first-time viewer is likely to think of as nothing more than drug dealers--sit around a chessboard as one teaches the others how the game ... More >>
Who doesn't love a good Weiner joke? They're simple, yet effective, and since Tuesday--the day New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner publicly confessed that "some" of the explicit photos and chat logs unearthed by TheDirty.com were legitimate--comedians (and people who just think they are c ... More >>
Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and the ... More >>
Even though it's patently ridiculous, a clean version of A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems" exists. It's funny. And, like watching Die Hard on TBS ("Yippee ki-yay, mother trucker!"), listening to rap on the radio can be an interesting lesson on how to creatively scrub the dirty words. Over the years, m ... More >>
"I'll be there for you … and others in our census bracket"
Our music feature this week focuses on the environmental impact of music festivals, which tend to be--surprise, surprise--ecologically problematic. For the piece we talked with Tucker Gumber. Known on his blog as The Festival Guy, he goes to just about every festival imaginable. In fact, he's been ... More >>
Be swept away by the coolest poets today
U-God is not angry. And he wants everyone to know that. Since voicing his displeasure about the way things were to Meth back in the day in Russell's Simmons rock doc The Show we've all been under the impression he's disgruntled. A fairly recent lawsuit Mr. Lamont Jody Hawkins brought against Mr. Ro ... More >>
Today and Saturday, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake take the stage at Yankee Stadium for their Legends of Summer tour. While they're both certainly living legends in their own right, it's interesting to look back on how truly different both Hov and Timberlake's summers have been over the years, and yet ... More >>
In a recent interview with Fuse, Alice Cooper said calling Mumford & Sons a rock band is an "offense to rock 'n' roll." Boy oh boy! Now, we love us some Alice. He's a legend (and former boss). In fact, we're going to see him tonight at The Beacon Theater (review up tomorrow morning). But he and the ... More >>
Egos have been around for a long time. Odysseus had an ego, Louis XIV had an ego, Wu Zeitan had an ego. For as long as we've recorded history, there have been people feeling themselves, sometime for good reason. So, naturally, many of the people on this list are responsible for some truly amazing mu ... More >>