Over the decades, South Central Los Angeles has acted as an incubator for hip-hop, where rappers and groups like Ice-T, N.W.A., and Cypress Hill pushed the city to become the genre's focal point. After so many years, L.A. has risen again with emcees like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, who have aide ... More >>
This weekend, take your pick from a handful of parties, be they Twin Peaks-themed, synthesizer-backed, or on the streets of Greenwich Village. Get a taste of Cider Week or drink some botanical cocktails inspired by the oldest living things in the world -- we're talking 80,000 year-old living things. ... More >>
The term "flop," in a musical context, usually refers to an unsuccessful album. Though singles constantly perform above or below expectations, a song will rarely get a reputation as a flop unless there's a lot riding on it, such as a pre-release single from a big-name album. In 2011, Beyonce's "Run ... More >>
Barack Obama's in town! This means that a) traffic is going to be a disaster and b) we can write some fan fiction. One of his stops is an expensive dinner hosted by Anna Wintour and Harvey Weinstein -- could you think of a pair more opposite in physicality but more alike in power? -- at Weins ... More >>
The young rapper had a killer sound. Then the street rubbed him out.
Jay-Z and Madison Square Garden have a little history between them. In 2003, on the occasion of his retirement, Jay-Z recorded his MSG farewell concert on 35MM film. That footage became Fade To Black, the single best concert film of the decade. In 2009, on the occasion of the eight year anniversar ... More >>
Which doesn't make The Blueprint 3 a classic. But we'll take it. For now.
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. Last week's season premiere followed the adventures of Bikini Girl and Blind Guy, and the eternal flaming hotness of Kara DioGuardi, the newest judge. More auditions this week. Dean Anthony Bradford, who suffers from Spasming Facial Hors ... More >>
Jay-Z's aura finally outshines his artwhat a drag it is getting old
The new battle over queer kids' ruckus in Greenwich Village