Better Than: Waiting until Jan. 21
Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group (MMG) cadre of artists have perfected a sonic and aesthetic blueprint over the past two years. Unapologetically ostentatious lyrics, pounding basslines and of course, Jessica Gomez's deliciously sexy "Mmmmmaybach Music" drop; ... More >>
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is Brooklyn's rap superstar-in-waiting. He released a new EP (Passion & Power) on Universal yesterday, and we interviewed the venerable eXquire for this week's print edition of The Voice. Here's the bonus beats of the chat, which includes eXquire revealing the song that snag ... More >>
Andre 3000 might be spending his summer dressing up as Jimi Hendrix, but his Outkast pal Big Boi has been busy putting together a new album. Titled Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, the project will be released on November 13; yesterday, Big Boi holed up in a Manhattan recording studio to host a li ... More >>
If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
The Grammys have a determinedly behind-the-times history, and Song of the Year is one of the ceremony's most reliably old-fashioned categories. It's given to the songwritereven though what constitutes a "song" today is a lot different than when the Grammys began in 1959, back when sheet music ... More >>
A king of hip-hop, retaking the penthouse of the album chart with his latest blockbuster.
A middle-of-the-road rock band, reviving a turn-of-the-'90s "alternative" sound that's now squarely mainstream.
A sexagenarian legend who debuted in the '60s and who still captures Boomers' hearts and ... More >>
"He told me, 'Donny, don't make music for others, make it for yourself.'"Saturday marks four years since producer David "Disco D" Shayman took his own life in the basement of his parents' house. Disco's D's public legacy is defined by his involvement in the ghetto-tech scene, allegiances with ... More >>
As the release of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on November 22 approaches, it seems to be hard for the man to focus on anything else. During a conference call late last week, which streamed online in its entirety, West all but ignored the clumsy questions lobbed his way; he w ... More >>
As sustained, goodwill-generating rap publicity stunts go, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series is almost entirely without precedent. Other rappers, guys like Freeway and Crooked I, have given away free music in regular installments, but those guys are B-listers and supporting players, and th ... More >>
Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>
In what has become an annual tradition, the minds over at XXL magazine recently unveiled the elite class of fresh-faced rappers they dub the Freshman 10. Mostly products of Internet buzz and/or critically acclaimed mixtapes, the Freshman class issue has risen from a gimmicky excuse to put non ... More >>
In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman?
Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>
Voice Editors Stacey Anderson, Angela Ashman, Eudie Pak, and Araceli Cruz combed the streets for Fashion's Night Out from Fifth Avenue to Soho, in search of good deals and free drinks. Araceli and Stacey wrap-up the evening in their usual gChat banter:
AC: How many glasses of champagne did ... More >>