This Sunday, MetLife stadium will hold the 2013 incarnation of what's become hip-hop's most reliably controversial night, the Hot 97 Summer Jam. The 20th annual Summer Jam, it's seen the genre's biggest stars perform and game-changing moments happen. One man whose seen just about every Summer Jam is ... More >>
Tonight at S.O.B.'s, one of Harlem's favorite sons, Cam'ron, takes the stage to remind us all why, for almost two decades, he's been one of hip-hop's most endearing personalities. But along with all of his quotable verses and unforgettable Cam-isms on record, he's given us some moments in front of t ... More >>
Tonight Gramercy Theater is hosting a Roc-A-Fella Records reunion concert. (Although, ummm, considering the notable absences, it seems maybe unauthorized.) It's been just over eight years since Jay-Z and Dame Dash split, ending one of the most influential and dominant labels in rap. While the long-r ... More >>
Humility is a rare traitespecially among rappers, who tend to preen and bop about like fighters convincing boxing promoters that they are in their prime. Stalley, however, subscribes to a different G code.
Perhaps it's his humble beginnings in a small town outside of Cleveland, where a blue- ... More >>
Kraftwerk fever might have ruffled many of you the prickly way, what with the Great Unobtainable Online Tickets Ruse blighting the band's series of eight chronological album-by-album shows at MoMA this week. But let's look on the bright side! Over the years the Dusseldorf dance merchants have churne ... More >>
The Throne (Watch The Throne listening session)
Monday, August 1
Better than: any listening session I've ever been to.
Album listening parties have almost always existed as excuses to drink on the record company's dwindling dime, the music itself largely ignored; backgro ... More >>
Though originally birthed in Oberlin, Skeletons are a quintessential New York amalgam, guided by a fluttery art-jazz shimmer, a minimalist aesthetic, a grab bag of post-punk grooves and those disjunctive melodies currently turning the underground into a 12-tone headfuck (cf. Dirty Projectors, Tyond ... More >>
"I was before my time, as the record labels would say."
At 17, Angela "Mecca" Scott was beckoned by producer Ski Beatz to fly from her Virginia home up to New York City to sing on a track for an up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper named Jay-Z. Over a beat based around a sample from jazz pianist Ah ... More >>
The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon sh ... More >>
Curren$y (left) and K.R.I.T., models of menace and/or nonchalance. Photos by Nick, more below.Curren$y/Big K.R.I.T./Smoke DZA/Mac Miller/Boaz/Etc.
Santos Party House
Tuesday, October 5
Better Than: Stealing your roommate's weed and watching Stella on DVD all night. Again.
The weather in New ... More >>
Is there an odder couple in rap currently than Miami fantasist Rick Ross and the neo-soul nudist Erykah Badu? Their work together so far--"Maybach Music III," off Ross's Teflon Don, and this new "Window Seat" remix--has zeroed in on perhaps the one thing these two disparate characters have in comm ... More >>
How time flies, right? Eighteen years ago, Sally Potter had her breakout as the writer-director of Orlando, which also starred then-breakout Tilda Swinton. Now, for this week's Village Voice cover story, Melissa Anderson talks with Potter and Swinton about Orlando about their continuing caree ... More >>
Rob Hatch Miller's TwitPic
Only love for these guys, but we were admittedly excited about the prospect of the "top secret" video location for Ted Leo's "Bottled in Cork" to be a dingy Bed-Stuy loft, or the Party Expo space (maybe part of that TBA?), or Damon Dash's basement (we know, it's booked), ... More >>
Under 100, still the most secret and ridiculous rock club in NYC. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneAlright. Let the record show that for once in our miserable, venue-destroying lives, we kept a secret show secret, sending house photographer Rebecca Smeyne to Friday's hush-hush Under 100-hosted prequel ... More >>
Now this is going to get embarrassing fast, riding out to the defense of a multi-millionaire every time somebody writes something terrifically ill-informed and misguided about him. That said. There are some provocations that are just too much--are surely intended to be too much--and starting ... More >>
St. James Church. Photo viaIt was Ariel Panero's Less Artists More Condos that was putting on the shows down in Damon Dash's Under 100 basement, at least until Dame shut everything down and rebranded the entire enterprise as DD172. Before that, LAMC called an actual West Village condo on West ... More >>
First, like Sean said, no matter who you are--but perhaps especially if you look like this--even in 2010, do not write the following paragraph:
But there is a deeper significance -- a racial philanthropy -- that perhaps neither man intended. Jay-Z is black black. He is old-school double-dar ... More >>