The Fall 2014 Issue
Last week, Nicki Minaj released the highly-anticipated music video for "High School" from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up . The video is completely over-the-top. It's also factually inaccurate, since Nicki Minaj went to LaGuardia High School and LaGuardia High School is not the spr ... More >>
Despite every living rapper seemingly being just a phone call away, Miami radio personality/record executive/professional shouter DJ Khaled has never once put out a good album. He's been 0-for-5 (yes, DJ Khaled has released five albums), and Kiss the Ring, his sixth record, is on the horizon. Khal ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Forbes published The Forbes Five, which estimated the net worth of hip hop's wealthiest moguls, and put Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams in fourth place with $125 million. Just two weeks later, Williams announced that his label's most successful artist, Lil Wayne, ha ... More >>
Mystikal S.O.B.'s Tuesday, May 1 Better than: Being in jail? "How many of you heard I was in jail?" Mystikal asked the audience, almost as soon as he got on it last night. "I aint going to jail yet. That's some bullshit. 81 days. I was already gone six fucking years. I missed the game, I know the ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>
Hot 97 has announced the lineup for Summer Jam '11, and it's (perhaps unsurprisingly) filled with Young Money acts: superstars Lil Wayne and Drake act as the de facto headliners, while a non-specific set by Young Money, the label, is on tap. Could that possibly mean an eventual cameo by Nic ... More >>
Drake Radio City Music Hall Wednesday, September 29 Better Than: Pitbull. (And Curren$y!) Drake isn't the best at arena-swallowing mega-hop, as evidenced by a guest appearance from Jay-Z, who casually uncorked Radio City with his verses from advice rap touchstone "Light Up" and ... More >>
Is this you, perhaps? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Last night, Drake played the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall, alighting triumphantly on a New York stage after two horrifically abortive attempts earlier this year. But last night was uniformly dubbed a triumph, a coronation for the yo ... More >>
Praising outstanding new hip-hop records sadly subsumed by Weezymania
Ringtone-rap titan unleashes a blaring but robotic debut
He's joined forces with the South, whether you like it or not
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-tracks shocker!
DJ Khaled is taking over, 200 words a minute and one guest-star at a time
Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, and Remy Ma feed into hip-hop's endless musical reserves.