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The Roots brought out the Lox. 50 Cent reunited G-Unit. Nas brought out Meek Mill and French Montana. MetLife Stadium didn't empty during Trey Songz set. Summer Jam is always packed full of surprises, and 2014's was no exception. And the biggest by far was just how dominant Nicki Minaj was. She put ... More >>
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
Brooklyn celebrates the art of puppetry
[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Queens repping Meyhem Lauren is dropping his new Silk Pyramids project this week. Produced from top-to-bottom by the D.I.T.C. icon Buckwild, you can check th ... More >>
Arguably the hardest working woman in New York hip-hop, Dama Nilz's struggle is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. Nilz has been a fixture of the underground rap scene despite life throwing her curveballs in-between her home-runs. Last winter she performed on "Jimmy Fallon," that spring she hit ha ... More >>
If you want to speak to Tommy, you have to somehow get ahold of his agent, who says the legendary drummer has retired. Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny are no longer alive. Marky emails you, "Ugh! That Bash is still going on? I want to steer clear of it. Don't think it has anything to do with the band!" In ... More >>
This Saturday, May 17th, the Hammerstein Ballroom will play host to an exciting historic night in professional wrestling. New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second biggest wrestling company on the planet, will be facing off against respected American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor for a rare cross-prom ... More >>
There are hip-hop interview archives, and then there's TheBeeShine. Launched by Jersey native Bryan Scheiner in summer 2010, it's since blossomed into one of the largest collection of hip-hop video interviews on the planet. Boasting over 1,600 interviews, Scheiner's disarming style has allowed for o ... More >>
Carly Wilford on EVR via When we paid a visit to the East Village Radio office two months ago for our profile on the station, there was no sign of financial trouble. In fact, station manager Peter Ferraro was planning for expansion, speaking to advertisers about sponsoring new shows and continuing ... More >>
Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>
Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>
This week, XXL Magazine released their annual Freshman List to much fanfare and the usual fighting. The magazine's biggest issue of the year, since 2008 the Freshman List has become an easy-to-follow guide to which new artists are making noise in the rap game, as well as an increasingly more accurat ... More >>
The line-up for XXL magazine's 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the "dirty dozen" of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City's sole inclusion. As with years gone by, comments s ... More >>
Intolerance screens Tuesday, May 13 at Film Forum
See Dave Markey’s classic music doc
Go art hopping between this week's expos
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in May.
If Elvis Presley taught us anything, apart from a love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it is that white men can dance. His successors such as Iggy pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Axl Rose are just as iconic for their showmanship as they are their music. All of these frontmen shake, sway, ... More >>
To go with our recent poetry issue, the Voice hosted an intimate poetry reading last night, Tuesday, April 29, at the Red Room (the new space on the third floor of the KGB bar, 85 East 4th Street). If you couldn't make it, listen to the poems below.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Opening for Kool AD this Thursday night at Webster Hall is hip-hop-infused punk outfit Rebelmatic, a group fronted by MC and DIY-innovator Creature, a face familiar to anyone who's ever even walked near a hip-hop event in New York City in the past two decades. From his '90s output with his group Tri ... More >>
Better Than: Soul food with an emphasis on screaming, shaking, censor-free soul. You knew the evening would be special as soon as the mac n' cheese came around. Before Kelis took the tiny stage at the McKittrick Hotel--made all the tinier by her 12-piece, brass-ridden band--concert-goers were more ... More >>
Don't call her a dish
Hear the poets from our recent poetry issue
Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>
Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, rapper Christ Bearer apparently severed his penis and jumped off of his Studio City apartment balcony, in what appears to be a suicide attempt. But despite his affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan, most people -- Wu fans included -- know very little about him. Here's his story: ... More >>
Back in the late-'90s, the Brooklyn-based Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna formed something of an impromptu duo: Tracks like the Rawkus-released "5 Star Generals" showcased Shabaam's studied flow allied to Spinna's signature space-funk production. It's a winning chemistry that's back in effect with "Do ... More >>
Passover is in full effect. So what better way to celebrate the occasion than by lining up a broadly-rap-themed playlist devoted to the occasion? Enter Kosha Dillz, the top notch rapper and Gangsta Boo's favorite dining partner who not only took to the task with glee but decided to curate a cheery m ... More >>
We Are Scientists experiment at Bowery Ballroom
The Village Voice poetry issue.
This is a statement that your brain will reflexively disagree with but also one that it will eventually accept as truth: Ludacris is one of rap's greatest and most unstoppable guest-verse performers of all time, and, despite his millions of album sales and shelf full of awards, he remains somehow un ... More >>
It's 6:30 pm on a Tuesday and it's hectic on West 14th Street outside Babycastles Gallery, where the three members of the up and coming hip-hop group Ratking are trying to figure out how to get all of their friends into their album release show. Upstairs, the two floors of the gallery are already fi ... More >>
As we mentioned in this week's cover story, we've set up a dial-a-poem service so you can hear many of the poems first published in this week's poetry issue, as read by the poets themselves. It's not an original idea by any stretch, but we're happy to continue the tradition. If you hate listening to ... More >>
Stand up for Ai Weiwei at PEN American center’s protest
Have you ever freestyle rapped? Please, right now, take the time to try it. Go to YouTube, find an instrumental, and just try to rhyme in rhythm off the top of your head about whatever you want. Seriously, try it. I'll wait here. See also: I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle
Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously drew a line: "prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best words in their best order." Granted, Coleridge was a poet, not to mention a stoner of the first order, and therefore probably had a tendency to be defensive about things. He was right, though. Had ... More >>
Of late, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has been acting with a single-minded purpose: making a new Wu-Tang album happen, against all odds. He's already titled it A Better Tomorrow and dropped a couple singles to promote the album; even as projected release dates have come and gone, he's admitted he's strug ... More >>
Last month marks five years since electronics and media giant Circuit City closed its doors forever. As a music fan, I miss Circuit City quite a bit. Not only were their prices on CDs usually exceedingly low, presumably in efforts to get customers to enter the store and buy televisions or whatever, ... More >>
Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish L ... More >>