• Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Weekend Brunch at Arte Cafe, The Haab, Clinton St. Baking Co., and Studio Square

    If you're hungover after a night of love -- or a night of talking about the futility of love -- don't sleep in too long. Plenty of places will be offering some hearty brunch specials to remind you there are 364 days of the year to find happiness. Here are a few of our top choices for the morning-aft ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013


    Skip trick-or-treating for a show featuring three of rap's best

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    The Top 3.28 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Week

    Rap has always had a dividing line between the rapper and the guy that yells out things on stage because it's America, damn it. That man used to be the DJ, who'd spin records for the rapper and rap along to his verses to get the crowd hype. As the years went by and quality DJing became more rare, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Q&A: 2 Chainz On Giving Back, Being Independent, And Fitting Work Into Every Hour Of His Day

    ​What's in a name? The storied quote would imply that a rapper by any other name is still just as [fill in the blank], but 2 Chainz, the Playaz Circle member who was better known as Tity Boi until fairly recently, might have a different perspective. Since switching nom de plumes, the Georgia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Live: Jadakiss Takes A Bite Out Of The Apple Store

    Jadakiss Apple Store Soho Tuesday, June 14 Better than: Waiting your turn at the Genius Bar. Jadakiss stood in front of a large projection screen, dressed in black tee and jeans; Steve Jobs kitted. He had just "freestyled" the lyrics to "Trading Places," which is to say that he performed his full ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2011

    Jadakiss Makes Menacing Kissy Noises

    Bad romance on I Love You

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    This Week In The Voice: A Conversation With Brian Wilson, A Love Letter To New York, And Smoochy Noises From Jadakiss

    ​This week in the Village Voice, out today: Stacey Anderson talks to Brian Wilson and looks back on a conversation between the reclusive singer and her father that changed her family; Michaelangelo Matos examines the first volume of Watch The Closing Doors, a far-reaching compilation of New Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    50 Cent's Greatest Hits Of Late 2010 And 2011: A Surprisingly Long List

    Anything to keep him off Twitter​Don't look now, but 50 Cent is off in his little corner making compelling music again. Actually, you had better look now -- he only does this once a year or so, in between failed commercial projects. (Although here's a secret almost no one knows: His last such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    The 10 Best Posse Cuts of 2010 (So Far)

    ​Posse cuts are like friendlier versions of the WWE's Royal Rumble -- a platform designed to showcase all of the stars in the game, both up-and-coming and certified. Think back to the Main Source's 1991 "Live At The Barbecue," featuring Akinyele, Joe Fatal, and the debut of a rapper named Nas, ... More >>

  • Music

    July 20, 2010

    Rick Ross's Alternate Reality

    More transcendent absurdity from Miami's most improved rapper

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Hey, Gucci Mane's The State Vs. Radric Davis Is #10 in the Country!

    ​He's no Susan Boyle (#1 for the third straight world beating week, for a grand old-people-still-buy-records total of 1.8 million copies of I Dreamed a Dream sold), but Gucci Mane does have his first top ten record. He sold 90,000--not quite Jadakiss numbers, but better than being the Clipse, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    CMJ, Day Two: New York Says Hello--and Then Goodbye--to OJ da Juiceman

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    New York Rap Crime Wave!

    ​It's an unusually bad day for New York rappers and police. First the jakes ran up in Jadakiss's Yonkers apartment and walked out with 5 grams of heroin, 6.5 pounds of marijuana, and $40,000 cash. (Jada wasn't there, and isn't presently wanted by the police--his roommate (?!) seems to be takin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    French Montana, Jadakiss, Snoop, and Don Henley, Together at Last in the "New York Minute" Video

    Your usual Jadakiss correspondent here at SOTC is enjoying a well-deserved, hopefully Internet-free vacation, so it falls to me to discuss this here video for Bronx/Akon product French Montana's "New York Minute," a hallmark of tics both conventional (immediate cameo from someone in The Wire) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The "Who's Real" Remix: Most Improbable Ruff Ryders Reunion Ever

    Less than a month ago, Jadakiss was telling MTV that he wanted Cam'ron and Kanye West on the remix for "Who's Real," the Swizz Beatz-produced, improbably successful fifth single off The Last Kiss. Instead, it turns out we got...a Ruff Ryders reunion? This was a buzzed-about possibility ever since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Hey, It's Give Away Free Raekwon Music Day

    Would you turn down an absolutely free and admirably weed-carrier-free mixtape from Raekwon, entitled Blood on the Chef's Apron, and including the awesomely I Love You Man-influenced Jadakiss/Rae collabo "Gutterman Music," which takes a well known Rush song to its gulliest possible conclusion? Yeah, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Bob Dylan's New Album Sells About As Many Copies As That Last Shins Record

    The received wisdom that the last people on the planet earth who actually buy physical copies of CDs are aging boomers who need music to listen to in their fancy cars as they drive around hotly anticipating the new Bob Dylan album took a hit today, as the Together Through Life sales figures came in. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    You Won't See Cam'ron Coming Like the Swine Flu, Times Two

    Proof that Cam'ron's Crime Pays, despite a May 12 release date, basically remains a work in progress: "Let's Talk About It," a late Jadakiss-featuring addition to the record that name-checks swine flu, threatens his own producers for leaking other tracks off Crime Pays, and generally remedies a cert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Self-Loathing Update #3: Let Us Now Praise Jadakiss' Business Acumen

    Monday, he wanted to wake up beside you naked (I said Porn Week was almost over). The very next day, Jadakiss is praised for his brand management on No, seriously. "What Brands Can Learn From Jadakiss." That's the title. And it's not completely insane!

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Week in Review: Penetration!

    Hey, it was porn week! Zach live-blogged the Dim Mak porn video. Jadakiss vowed to wake up beside you naked. Peter Saville's Erotic House of Pop streamed online. Asher Roth debuted his sweet new Bukkake-inspired video. (Speaking of which, Asher Roth should probably lose that hypeman.) The police i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    On Red Cafe's "Hottest in the Hood" Remix, Featuring Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and OJ Da Juiceman

    Song via the NMC Red Cafe, who apparently just signed to Bad Boy, finally has a decent song on his hands--the original version of "Hottest in the Hood" has been getting burn for what at least seems like months on HOT97, and this remix will definitely get run back on-air four or five hundred times t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Jadakiss Vows to Wake Up Beside You Naked; Thousands of Rap Fans Experience a Sudden, Involuntary Shudder

    Off the top of my head, scary Jadakiss moments include the rapper threatening to kill your mother, father, and child, intimating he might spray an entire live audience with a machine gun, and promising to leave DNA all over someone's Louis Vuitton scarf, none of which come anywhere near to being as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    On Raekwon's 92-Second "Gorilla Rap"

    The 1:32 minutes worth of left-on-the-cutting-room floor, but-still-occasionally-extremely-fiery rapping is a tradition that dates back to mixtapes circa way before the internet was even really invented, but it fits in the climate now, too. From album (which, ask Jadakiss, isn't dead) to single to " ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2009

    The Diss-Track Family Tree

    Who to insult, how, and why

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Jadakiss' Last Kiss Didn't Entirely Brick

    Although pathetic by all pre-industry collapse standards, the news that Jadakiss somehow managed to sell more than 100,000 copies of The Last Kiss his first week out is weirdly heartening--healthy smattering of crossover records aside, our guess is Jada has not ladies but a perversely loyal, perhaps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Live: Jadakiss Goes In at the Highline Ballroom

    As Hot97 radio personality Angie Martinez said, in her clear-eyes-full-hearts-can't-lose pre-concert pep talk: "I was gonna go home and get changed, but then I thought, why? This is New York, baby! This is us! This is New York hip-hop. I got my black-hoodie!" She had a point. Nobody wants to break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Jadakiss Hits the Morning TV Circuit: "Good Day New York! A-ha-ha-heeaaa!"

    Jadakiss's Last Kiss comes out today, and he's doing a little promotion around town. We particularly enjoy Rosanna Scotto's characterization of one of the most bloody-minded rappers of all time: "Tell me--how does a nice boy from Yonkers make it in the rap world?" [h/t Nah Right]

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Week in Review: Boom! Woah, What Was That? You Transcend.

    In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces. This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in Par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Jadakiss' Last Kiss Finally Let Go

    We throw up our hands, basically. Is it more gully when Jadakiss threatens to giftwrap a package of C4 and send it to your mother ("New York Minute") or when he vows to leave another man's DNA all over that man's Louis scarf ("Come and Get Me"), or are both topped by the entirety of "Pain and Tortur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Week in Review: A Night in a Camper Without a Pillow or Blanket

    In the week some of us returned bedraggled and red-eyed from SXSW and some of us returned bedraggled and red-eyed from all the weed people were blazing at that Morrissey show, we couldn't quite stop listening to that Micachu record. FYI: The Cool Kids will not tolerate you naming your indie-rock ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Hug a Rock Critic: Blender Has Folded

    Last issue. Per Ad Age/Idolator, and just confirmed by a dude here about to head uptown for a Jadakiss listening session who's officially been called off, comes the epically terrible news that Blender is shutting down, putting 30 out of work and depriving a huge host of talented freelancers stead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Jadakiss, Raekwon Rap Over Rush, Call It "Cartel Gathering"

    So, uh, obviously we weren't the only ones who saw I Love You, Man last weekend. Behold, two of New York's finest rapping over a mashed-out mutant Rush sample, Rudd-Siegel man-cave style. Let us now further curse the end of Blender, in whose name we would've heard Jadakiss's record earlier today but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW 2009: Jadakiss Brings New York Fire to Texas

    At the indiest of indie-rock showcases, GZA upstaged Black Lips, Kanye battled Metallica for most anticipated semi-secret act, Janelle MonĂ¡e grabbed best in show honors, and Jadakiss and Styles P tore it down in what appears to be broad daylight (way better look than their show a couple weeks back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Cam'ron Now Everywhere, All the Time

    Remember when you couldn't find Cam'ron? Not so much these days--he might well come to your apartment right now if you promised to buy Crime Pays when it comes out in May. Dunno why we're complaining: this is him doing "I Really Mean It" and "Suck It or Not" at Saturday's Jadakiss/Fabolous show at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Week in Review: You Be Da Man! You Be Da Man!

    This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    What Was That Garden Rake Doing In The Video for Jadakiss's "Can't Stop Me Now"?

    "Can't Stop Me Now," the second single off The Last Kiss, is growing on me. The song is a somewhat elegant response to the problem street-type rappers like Jadakiss face, which is that your more respectable media outlets won't bump songs that are entirely about creative ways to kill people. So 'Kiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Week in Review: M.I.A. Is A Great Artist, and We Wish Her Well

    In the week we went to fashion week, Kanye appeared pretty much everywhere. Justin Timberlake was in the building, too--right next to the chia pets. We interviewed director Richard Foreman, who kinda hates Shakespeare, and Thursday, who admit to sort of being down with the Warped Tour. Tavis Smiley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    On Jadakiss's Kiss My Ass Mixtape, "Turn My Swag On" Remix, Etc.

    There's something reassuring about Jadakiss's promo run up to The Last Kiss. 50 Cent has an album to promote now, too: at the moment, he's surveilling DJ Khaled's family, bragging about having congress with Rick Ross's baby mother, and generally doing everything but killing another human being by wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    On Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, and Jadakiss's "Conglomerate"

    So the dream is that one day one of these New York rappers is going to completely give up on their commercial prospects and just release a record of guys going in on over minimal, ominous, head-knock insanity. Never in a million years would I think the guy to do it would be Busta Rhymes--and I still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    On Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance (Legacy RMX)" feat. CJ Wallace

    Reports from early screenings of the Notorious B.I.G biopic Notorious are promising: wildly uneven character acting, an uncannily Biggie-reminiscent Gravy in the title role, and a plot arc that sticks faithfully and unsensationally to Christopher Wallace's short but eventful life. Over the past coup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    On Fabolous and the Game's "Where You From?"

    So that weak sauce new Eminem "Number One" track is destined for the same tape, Big Mike and DJ Neptune's 4th Quarter Pressure Pt. 2, as the absurd burst of terror that is Jadakiss and Lil' Wayne's "Death Wish" and, apparently, "Where You From?," the newest minute-and-a-half from the Game and Fabolo ... More >>

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    April 12, 2005

    Road Warriorz

    Grime heroes signal to the outside world while waiting for all those TV crews to arrive

  • Music

    March 1, 2005

    Thug Radio

    Beef and bullets in rap's corporate ratings war

  • Music

    August 10, 2004

    Overdetermined to Win

    Menacing commercial rapper with purposeful image sells you the hyperreal you gotta feel

  • News

    January 20, 2004

    One Mind. Two Million Voters.

    Russell Simmons and Doug Banks Launch Ambitious Voter Registration Drive

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    August 21, 2001
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