Well, it happened. We knew it would be crazy and annoying and that we'd talk and tweet and giggle about it anyway. Kim and Kanye named their baby North. North West. For those of you who arrived here by simply googling " WHYYYYYYYYYYY?," here are our most reasoned and intelligent guesses.
A strong Bonnaroo showing is one thing. A supporting gig with Alabama Shakes is another. But for Matrimony, the latest roots-stomp act to hail from south of the Mason Dixon line, their debut EP and its forthcoming full-length foil out on Columbia Records may be the crowning achievements of their car ... More >>
These 10 concerts GOT THAT FIRE LIKE CAYENNE!* (ie they are the best.) *No, Mystikal is not in town. That song's just on our minds, for some reason. Sorry for any confusion.
Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.
You might think progressive-minded social-critic types would cheer a development as unlikely as America's top male country star releasing a song that pleas for racial understanding, acknowledges the failings of our nation's founders, and features a black man rapping "Just because my pants are saggin ... More >>
30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>
The new year is right around the corner, and while we're sure you're squeezing every last bit of new music you can from the few remaining "Best of 2012" lists, it's important to look toward the future and keep in mind all of the great music still to come. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 ... More >>
It's the Halloween season once again, and weather permitting (guess what ... IT'S NOT PERMITTING) soon the streets will be flooded with people of all ages in costumes, ready to party. This year, there's a surprising number of costume options for the discerning music fan, so we decided to investigate ... More >>
Though artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Baby Huey spoke on police corruption, it wasn't until the dawn of the rap era that the message in the music began to convey the anger and frustration of people who had been systematically disenfranchised and brutalized since the United States was ... More >>
Today, excitable Long Island-raised rap firebrand Flavor Flav will open his House Of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurantwhich will have fried chicken and something called a "red velvet waffle" on the menuis Flav's second attempt to break into the food world, following the di ... More >>
20 years ago, the Seattle-based rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot was doing pretty well as a mid-level star of the burgeoning west coast hip-hop scene, coming off of two successful albums and a series of rap radio staples like "Posse On Broadway" and "My Hoopty." In February 1992 he'd just released his third alb ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
The unstoppable, zombie-slaying Anthrax album Worship Music is their first in 21 years with classic vocalist Joey Belladonna, and naturally, it's full of thrash that hearkens back to the halcyon days of Jams shorts and up-flipped caps. However, if rap fans check out "Devil You Know," they mig ... More >>
Grand Wizzard Theodore, Illstyle and Peace Productions, Hip-Hop Kung Fu, and more Simpson Street, Casita Maria Saturday, August 6 Better than: Cowboys & Aliens. "Some of you might say I'm preaching to the choir," Jorge "Popmaster Fabel" Pabon, a former Zulu Nation member and our master of ... More >>
Gay guys who like straight guys who like guys dressed as girls
"I love old Times Square; it's the first place I got to when I was 18 and landed in New York. They were filming a music video with Eric B and Rakim, with LL Cool J and some other guys in the background. People stole our bags, but despite that, I remember feeling like I had arrived." -- Marcus ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Fuck chillwave. Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and producer !llmind have your tape-damaged nostalgia fix without any Peter Pan hysterics or lazy mush. Their full-length collaboration Live From The Tape Deck ... More >>
We defy you to unironically enjoy this song. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa kicks off on June 11th. Sports-wise, the tournament promises to be thrilling, with 32 teams from around the world pitting their varied domestic styles and approaches to the game against each other in a bid to deci ... More >>
Not a disaster, but not exactly a triumph, either
Actual seduction not depicted, but you should be grateful, trust me. If you've not had the pleasure of one of the Roots' jam sessions at Highline Ballroom, know first of all that "jam" is taken very literally: They're more or less just fucking around, learning how to play Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" ... More >>
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