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Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it (especially if the word "douchiest" was in the title). But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!!
It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour. There is still no new information regarding the nature of the crash or the people involved, and the investig ... More >>
The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>
Odd Future and Mos Def in New York, circa two days ago. Photo by Brook Bobbins.By now you've heard about Odd Future, the polarizing Los Angeles rap collective that got a lot of New York-based critics and labels pretty excited the other night in the basement of Webster Hall. And if you've list ... More >>
Just how awkward will the awkwardly staged moment between Kanye West and Taylor Swift be? Will Eminem deign to smile? Which uncomfortable pop star will B.o.B choose to bring up on stage with him? And how will your hosts, Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal and eMusic's Sean Fennessey, make it to midnight withou ... More >>
Jay-Z and Eminem began their triumphant two-city, four-show run last night at Detroit's Comerica Park, and if that show's any indication, when they show up at Yankee Stadium September 13 and 14, they'll be bringing along every famous rapper they (or you) can think of.
Being a dead rap artist isn't much fun. Whether The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, or J Dilla, death has never seemed to do much to alleviate the constant pressure on artists to muster up new recordings to satisfy the bulging posthumous rap retail market. (In the hip-hop world, possessing a heart t ... More >>
Yeah, so their sales got cut in half and they only retained the #2 spot by the grace of one of the slowest release weeks in the entire year--but Arcade Fire are still mostly on top! (On top of the Disney Channel's Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam, but whatever.) The indie band sold 52,000 copies their s ... More >>
The-Dream's Love King--by our own Rob Harvilla's estimation, the r&b auteur's "third-straight deliriously triumphant solo album"--debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts this week, selling 58,000 copies of a record that's about a third as good as last year's Love Vs. Money (which, whaddya know, ... More >>
So the "secret" Eminem/Jay-Z show on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater, initially thought to be a casualty of the dreaded Drake Riot Aftermath, actually happened last night, a mini-performance to air on Late Show with David Letterman Friday to promote both the duo's upcoming concerts and Em's ne ... More >>
Yes, the verbally gay bashing rapper has now surpassed his old duetting partner, Elton John by coming out in favor of gays marrying! Elton, you'll remember, was not only Rush Limbaugh's paid minstrel at the conservative's traditional marriage ceremony, but he said in an interview that he fee ... More >>
A worthy successor to "How to Rob," if not "Second Round Knock Out," even if you hate laughing. Over five minutes formerly Brooklynite and world-beating comedian Aziz Ansari goes in on everyone from Dre to Eminem to Clipse to Kid Cudi, with the same loving attention to detail and hilarity he ... 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 >>
In the week "I ain't shoot nobody in like...since the early 90's" irretrievably entered the American lexicon, we learned with some dismay that David Carradine very likely left this earth the hard way. And more grim news: Koko Taylor, 1928-2009. Live: Doves cry at Terminal Hall, Art Brut's second-ni ... More >>
It's oddly timed (is this piece really pegged to Eminem's release date?), but The Atlantic is currently hosting a roundtable discussion on hip-hop in the age of Obama, a topic we once wrote a few thousand words about (more than once, actually), and remain sort of obsessed with. The panelists: Hua Hs ... More >>
Sahoko Yui In the week Rush Limbaugh called us "some magazine," we invited our friend Status Ain't Hood back for a day. Oh, and right: Congrats Tom! Interviews: Wavves' Nathan Williams on drugs and the beach, Albert Maysles on HBO's new Grey Gardens, Ian Svenonius on Kanye West and his new band, C ... More >>
We challenge any and all sentient human beings to get through this song three or more times, as we just almost did. So many questions: from where is this abysmal accent, which I'll venture is vaguely Arabic (open to corrections here), coming? What could possibly be interesting to one of the biggest ... More >>
Remember Eminem? He was that brilliant white rapper--and, amazingly, Oscar winner--with an unfortunate taste for hating on the gays and his mother. Well, for years a gussied-up group called Dalipstyxx fought back with a spoof song called "I Wish I Was Eminem" ("He dresses in drag/No one calls HIM ... More >>
Who did what to whom? When? How? Where? (Don't ask why.)
The Uberbeat (and a war or two) goes on
White lines: A new book examines hip-hop's crossover appeal
Here's Your Guide to the Lawsuits, Criminal Charges, and Beefs
Rap statement infatuated with a hatred of love for the pain
'My Parents Would Stick a Pen in My Hand and Say, Go Meet Colonel Sanders'
The Critics Speak
Gay Men Who Make Homophobic Rappers Look Good
The Politics of Napping
Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop All the Way Home
Why Hate is Hot
Nervous Rhythms, Chopped-Up Language, Thumping Slapstick Pop
Moby and Merritt Vs. Hitters and Cheerleaders in a Bad Year for Nerds