Charlamagne Tha God is a professional instigator. Often, on Power 105's The Breakfast Club morning show, he needles guests in a cloak of "just keeping it real," looking to provoke a reaction. He's an asshole, basically. But that's his job, and he's very good at it. A few months back he tried like ... More >>
Bobby Shmurda is having the best summer ever. After bubbling in his native Flatbush, the 20-year-old has skyrocketed from relative obscurity to viral star upon the heels of "Shmoney Dance." The track and its swaying, dance accompaniment are the stuff that Vine dreams are made of. It's no wonder the ... More >>
The Roots brought out the Lox. 50 Cent reunited G-Unit. Nas brought out Meek Mill and French Montana. MetLife Stadium didn't empty during Trey Songz set. Summer Jam is always packed full of surprises, and 2014's was no exception. And the biggest by far was just how dominant Nicki Minaj was. She put ... More >>
Hot 97 Sumer Jam is without a doubt one of the most exciting Summer concerts each year, and 2014's bill is certainly stacked enough to uphold that reputation. Nas. 50. Nicki. The Roots. Wiz. And many, many more (complete lineup on next page). The whole things kicks off on the festival stage starting ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
In a news conference yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio formally announced what he's been promising since he was a candidate: an end to New York City's ongoing legal battle to stop and frisk with impunity. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city had been appealing a decision by Federal District Judge S ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
It's the spookiest, goofiest time of the year! The one industrial town in Bangladesh that ONLY makes fake spiderwebs is running three shifts a day to celebrate Halloween (or as they call it "that time in November we're not starving"), so let's all party with them! You're lucky this is the city that ... More >>
Skip trick-or-treating for a show featuring three of rap's best
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
On the heels of a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showing Bill de Blasio with a big lead over Christine Quinn, comes more good news for the mayoral candidate: on Thursday he won the endorsement of New York's Hot 97 FM. Sure, Quinn may have gotten the New York Times, the New York Daily News and t ... More >>
Way waaaaaay back in the day, when Odd Future were on the come up and only had 15K views on their respective YouTube videos Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg was playing them on his Sunday night show. Over the years they've developed a relationship. He was there on the ground floor before their career explo ... More >>
Here are the10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
These are the best concerts in New York this week, in no particular order.
By Joseph "JP" Patterson Dutty Artz is a NYC-based independent record label that knows a thing or two about nurturing talent from a grass roots level up. Ever since Matt Shadetek and DJ Rupture started it up in 2008, the label has churned out left-field grime, house and techno to bass music lovers ... More >>
Our music critic's picks for the season's hottest concerts
Nas Tammany Hall Tuesday, July 17 Better than: Listening to Nastradamus. "I don't even know how to start this shit..." lamented a young Nas right before presenting the most complete, most timeless rap album in historyand doing so his first time out of the gate. Illmatic was a lot to live u ... More >>
Last night on Hot 97, Nicki Minaj called in to Funkmaster Flex's show to chat about the sliced brisket that led to her peacing out of Sunday's Summer Jam. A brief recap: Hot 97 morning guy Peter Rosenberg called out "chicks waiting to sing [Minaj's poppy single] 'Starships' later," then called the s ... More >>
Now that the calendar has flipped to May, and the schedules for the area's big sheds have been announced, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup is on the verge of being made public, it's time to think of other musical concerns related to the year's hottest months. Today, let's wonder about what song will ... More >>
On Thursday Kiss-FM announced that after 30 years, it would stop broadcasting on 98.7 FM and join forces with WBLS, its longtime rival in the "adult urban contemporary" radio format in New York City. The stations will merge under the motto "One Family, One Station, Our Voice," with several Kiss-FM p ... More >>
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RomanceLet's just say multiple members of the Voice critical braintrust are generating possibly dozens of hundreds of words about Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday even as you read this, and leave it at that -- we are excited, is all. Nicki herself, meanwhile, is ubiquitous. Her "If I'm Lucky I'll Fi ... More >>
June 6 at the newfangled Meadowlands. Rap Radar has the 11-minute clip of Hot 97 DJs yelling at each other/you as they make the announcements. I'm assuming they'll add Dirt Nasty later. And maybe B.o.B! A shame Die Antwoord's spoken for, eh?
He did it on Hot 97 at noon; Rap Radar's got the stream and the download. Commercial-free and gleefully relentless, it's an excellent tribute to "a great man, a great rapper, a great humanitarian for hip-hop," as Mister Cee puts it, the heartbreaking catch in his voice eventually replaced by ... More >>
Janelle Monáe juggles three nights in NYC
"This guy's on the internet," says DJ Green Lantern, by way of introducing Atlanta's Pill--a curious diminution for a rapper whose best songs ("Trap Goin' Ham," or you know, "We Outside") are very much about being nowhere near anything like a computer. Anyway, it's not like being on the internet ... More >>
"If they say anybody got us on anything, who better than Kanye?" Right around this time three years ago, the Clipse were on the verge of releasing Hell Hath No Fury, their terminally delayed follow-up to 2002's Lord Willin'. Anger--at their label, Jive, for failing to promote them, and at t ... More >>
A return as hyped as Brett Favre's, and about as successful
It's been a good 24 hours for rap nerds on the Internet. First came the link to a two hour Rosenberg late night HOT 97 DJ show made up entirely of DJ Premier production ("And to let you know-I did not get close to everything. This is just SOME of the best of Primo.") This is, to put it plainly, what ... More >>
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