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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
So goes the headline on a smart Slate piece by Jonah Weiner about rap and Obama. Smart because it neatly grasps the theoretical implications an Obama win has for hip-hop. Weiner's crucial graf: Obama's rise might weaken the position of those less explicitly political MCs, for instance, who rap ab ... More >>
Last week's prediction: "Auld Lang Syne" Anyone eagerly awaiting Fabolous's Loso's Way (guilty) should probably listen to "Good Lovin'," the second single off former Puff Daddy apprentice/112 vet Slim's Love's Crazy. The first, "So Fly," had Jadakiss in the Fabolous role, and Kiss, who's had some ... More >>
Praising outstanding new hip-hop records sadly subsumed by Weezymania