The Afro-Punk festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is in its 10th year. The decade mark brings with it an air of legitimacy and staying power that usually signals the inevitable corporatization of most music festivals. At this point, you might expect to see million dollar headli ... More >>
Manslaughter will put Ice-T's group back on the metal map.
Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap arrived on the scene. After the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings helped institute "Parental Advisory" stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps ... More >>
Action Bronson is riding high. His new EP Saaab Stories, helmed by longtime producer Harry Fraud, debuted at #63 on the Billboard 200 (largely off the strength of the duo's own grassroots promo). Featuring the likes of Raekwon, Prodigy and the return of the trash-talking Big Body Bes, Saaab Stories ... More >>
The Queens-born hip-hop producer walks in to the Grammys a double-nominee
Revive Big Band with Pharoahe Monch Blue Note Monday, August 27 Better than: Thinking about the GOP convention. "Simon says, get the fuck up! Y'all heard me, get the FUCK up!!" Street versifier Pharoahe Monch has yelled those words countless times since "Simon Says" broke him big back at the turn ... More >>
Everything you can learn from rock stars in one book
The PMRC is one of those faint memories that music fans that grew up in the '80s try to brush away. The Parents Music Resource Center was launched in 1985 by a group of Washington power wivesthe most visible face being the wife of then-senator Al Gore, Tipperwho saw rock and rap as, in ... More >>
Since the days of Wild Style and Krush Groove, rappers have put their music on hold and delved into the film world. A bunch of these efforts were pretty badremember Ice-T in Leprechaun in the Hoodwhile others were so bad they were good. Cam crying in Killa Season or KRS fleeing the sce ... More >>
9. Hinder, "Born To Be Wild" 8. Lana Del Rey, "Born To Die"
Who knew Ice-T was a role model? Ice Loves Coco, E!'s new reality show about the rapper/actor and his model/fashion designer wife, makes them look like such a perfect couple that you almost expect them to turn into anime characters and see little cartoon hearts popping above their heads as t ... More >>
What has Southern rap done to hip-hop?
From cop killer to cop actor
"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z's Lex Luger-produced "H.A.M." is a creative union of the two biggest currently recording rap stars in the world -- as the lead single to the duo's upcoming Watch the Throne project, it's a feisty statement of intent. But more importantly, it's a fresh edition to the canon ... More >>
Kid Cudi, going all out for Converse.Sneakers have long been hip-hop's footwear of choice. The links between the artists making the music and the companies behind the kicks are now totally intermingled, from top-end exclusive lines like Jay-Z's limited-to-five-pairs all-black Air Force 1s (de ... More >>
May we all look this relaxed in this situation. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week the words "Kanye West" became synonymous with social media, the rapper performed at Facebook while dissing Twitter, performed at Twitter while dissing his mother's old boyfriends, then joined Twitter, a thing he t ... More >>
Yesterday, Twitter's most dangerous man took to to Ustream in order to clear his good name and tell his side of the "bullshit arrest," i.e. when he was stopped by a member of the NYPD last week after brushing the officer with the mirror of his car. The rapper-turned-actor was then arrested for fai ... More >>
The beach is in Bed-Stuy, suckers. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we asked a Georgia-certified divorce attorney whether The-Dream had left his wife while she was eight and a half months pregnant because he would have had to pay more child support had he waited the full nine (or was it ju ... More >>
Ice-T and CocoYou've probably seen by now that Ice-T was stopped by the cops and arrested yesterday in New York for allegedly driving without a seatbelt, up-to-date insurance, or a valid license. And then, of course, he Tweeted about it, because Tweeting, like starring in Law and Order: SVU a ... More >>
Law & Order ends its 20-year run tonight. Throughout the show's long reign, phalanxes of honorable detectives have cleaned the New York streets of crime and debris while throwing out witty one-liners and re-enacting plotlines ripped from real-life headlines. Grabbing a cameo on the show has a ... More >>
So this happened. They'll patch it up. Here's how:
Figured this one deserved an encore.In the week Aimee Mann heard the phrase "Eat a hot bowl of dicks" for the first time, we made suggestions for her inevitable reconciliation with Ice-T, whose acting she at first did not sufficiently respect. Perhaps it'll involve Key Largo, Jon Brion, "Cop ... More >>
The press mob. All photos by Eleni Rizakos.Raekwon's long-anticipated Only Built for Cuban Linx, Part II dropped yesterday with a release party graced by Ghostface, Method Man, Diddy, DJ Premiere, Redman, Eric B, Ice-T, and Cappadonna, among many, many others. The red carpet was purple, of co ... More >>
Who to insult, how, and why
EV Grieve noticed yet another Law & Order: Special Birdseed Unit shoot at Tompkins Square Park and reproduced a note from a reader explaining that the relevant scenes featured Hillary Duff, who plays "'a rebellious, trashy, slutty, irresponsible young mother' who is suspected of murdering her baby S ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, writers, artists, and performers share their takes on next week's presidential election: Richard Hell, William Gibson, Ice-T, Eileen Myles, and beyond. In Music, Rob Harvilla revisits the inspirational grandeur of They Might Be Giants' classic album, Flood: "At one poi ... More >>
"[Obama] seems like the Antichrist... If you read that kind of literature, he fulfills the characteristics of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is someone who will gather lots of people around him, like Obama..." Okay, who said that? Victoria Jackson? Well, she said something like it, but who said that ... More >>
With Siberia closing for good, we restrain the urge to vomit one last glorious time
In which the new music editor emerges from hiding to get clocked in the head
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