On Saturday afternoon, Rerun Theater at Rebar was full. It seemed only fitting that even the name of the place is a do-over, its chairs the back seats from old minivans--and not just because Rerun is a venue for post-film festival movies that don't yet have distributors. Today the theater was screen ... More >>
Alife Backyard Sessions: Maybach Music Group's Self Made 2 with Rick Ross, Stalley, Wale, O
Tuesday, June 26
Better than: Listening to Funkmaster Flex jock Ross in the pre-performance interview.
Rick Ross and Co. might seem too big for the narrow streets of the Lower East Sideand espe ... More >>
Hot 97 Summer Jam: Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Wale, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka, Trey Songz, Maino, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Mavado, Tyga, Slaughterhouse (and Nas and Lauryn Hill)
Sunday, June 3
Better than: Seeing a Nicki Minaj concert.
In an er ... More >>
"Otis" fever is in full effect, thanks to the Otis Redding-sampling song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-ballyhooed Watch The Throne project leaking Wednesday night. The track's production, based around a slick chop of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," might be the most impressive thing a ... More >>
Rihanna w/J. Cole
Thursday, July 21
Better than: Being outside in weather that makes you feel like you're perpetually trapped in the car with hot air blowing on you while you wait "just a few minutes while the engine gets going" for the AC to kick in.
A friend of mine recently ... More >>
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy doesn't come out until next week, but the reviews are already in. (Summary: it's a masterpiece.) In these pages, Sean Fennessey wrote at some length about the way West's embattled public persona crashes, again and again, into the music on his new ... More >>
"I call Drake at least once a week," Lil Wayne told Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex last night, phoning in from Rikers. "I actually call three or four times a week, but he only picks up for me once a week." He was laughing when he said it: Wayne, of all people, knows what it is to be one of the most ... 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 >>
R. Kelly hasn't tested out his commercial might much since his 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges--12 Play, the follow-up to 2007's Double Up, never came out--so the album-buying public has yet to get a chance to render a verdict on the continued viability of dude's career. But he has occ ... More >>