Better Than: Most of Jay Z's other collaborative tours. It's difficult to believe power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have never toured together before. Their solo albums are hardly without a guest appearance from the other, and in their hometowns it's usually a given one will show up in support of the ... More >>
Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's pro ... More >>
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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 >>
For the last twenty years, the award for Album of the Year, the biggest Grammy honor of them all, has tended to go to two types of people: young women and old men. Female solo artists under 30 (Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift) and male veterans over 40 (Tony Bennett, U2) have dominated the category for tw ... More >>
One of pop music's biggest Cinderella stories in recent memory has been that of the man born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known to the public as Cee Lo Green, or simply Cee Lo. After debuting as a member of the pioneering Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob in the mid-'90s, the MC/singer spent a ... More >>
Even if a little Stepfordized
Schizophrenic rap oddballs come no more intriguing than Kool Keith. With a catalogue over 50 different personas and aliases--whether it be the kinky cape-wearing Spankmaster or the very familial John Clayborne Cousin of Jimmy Hicks--the Bronx-born Kool Keith leads the rap world in split-personalit ... More >>
Well, so much for this saga ending any time soon. Though the Haitian elections board was scheduled to rule yesterday on whether or not Wyclef Jean was even eligible to run for the presidency of a country he has no business being in charge of, officials announced late last night that they'd be ... More >>
Wyclef Jean opens NASDAQ on the six month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. Photo via Yele Haiti.So it's official: Wyclef Jean is running for the Haitian presidency. The former Fugee confirmed the news to the New York Times last night; later today, he's expected to go on Larry King Live ... More >>
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