In today's Daily News, Michael Daly notices that Shabia Johnakin, a "20-year-old Brooklyn high school dropout," got mere probation for gun possession, though he was trying to use his weapon (it jammed) in the company of men who were shooting at police. The clemency was in part due to Johnaki ... More >>
The Dwayne Carter documentary has arrived, to his dismay, or at least his lawyers'
An ascendant Southern rapper tries out a few impressions
Some people were wondering if rapper Lil Wayne would attempt to block DNA evidence in his weapons possession trial. The point is moot now as Lil Wayne has pleaded out and is expected to be sent to prison for a year. He copped to the remaining charge, second-degree attempted weapon possession, ... More >>
No idea how we're supposed to take the above, although you can be sure it pertains to Nah Right's CMJ Showcase tomorrow night, featuring more rap in one shot (OJ!) than the festival has otherwise seen in years. Don't bet on the actual reunited Atlanta rap legends Goodie Mob--they're in Texas tonig ... More >>
Well, now I guess we know why Jay-Z didn't let Drake rap on "Off That." Big event rap records--this one, self-defeatingly, is destined for the soundtrack of the LeBron James doc More Than a Game--haven't really lived up to their billing in hip-hop's email era. It's too easy for rappers to literall ... More >>
We don't know why Big Boi from Outkast talking to penguins is charming, but it is. This appears to be a promotional spot for Sea World in Orlando, but maybe it's part of another confusing project like Idlewild.
25th Anniversary of the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime featuring Richard Hell, Mike Watt, Bass Player from Handjob, and More Bowery Poetry Club Saturday, July 25 "What is punk?!" squeals the mysterious Bass Player from Hand Job, as if reposing some remarkably stupid question. Anyone witho ... More >>
To the list of goofy, outsized obsessions in the Grand Hustle camp, let us now officially add Polo--meaning the sport, the clothing you wear while you play the sport, and the heretofore unknown acronym that doubles as the title for Young Dro's forthcoming record, P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once). ... More >>
R. Kelly's latest mixtape is The "Demo" Tape, a free, very unlicensed suite of riffs on tracks by T-Pain, Jeremih, Lil Wayne, and more. It's a funny, ouroboric project: Kelly remakes songs by a generation of rappers-turned-singers who in turn make music directly inspired by R. Kelly. At the center ... More >>
New jams for low-riders and supper clubs, respectively
We may well be the only people out there riding unconditionally for Young Dro and Yung LA's Black Boy White Boy, but we have our reasons. Call it Gosford Park trap music, or point out, as we once did, that "Woah" was basically what "Swagger Like Us" would've sounded like if those four dudes weren' ... More >>
Praising outstanding new hip-hop records sadly subsumed by Weezymania