Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>
Former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, with Bloomberg's union-busting blessing, is pushing her Success Academy edu-franchise into Brooklyn. The natives aren't buying.
The newest chapter of an ever more biblical 50 Cent Vs. Rick Ross battle, assiduously chronicled in great depth last week by Erik Parker? Acting out your enemy's funeral, complete with sobering exterior shots of "Jay's Funeral Home," a fake pastor, whole elegant wreaths of flowers, a sepia-toned por ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on Superdrag's snarling, ferocious comeback, spiritual awakening notwithstanding. Erik Parker on rap battles, circa 2009, starring 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Plus Ben Detrick comes through with a particularly formidable catalog of spectacular rap ... More >>
50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>
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