Lex Luger

  • Music

    February 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Why Hip-Hop Purists Should Learn To Stop Worrying and Love Waka Flocka

    Tonight, Queens-born / Georgia-raised MC Waka Flocka takes the stage at B.B. Kings as part of the Waka Flocka and Friends concert. Unfortunately, a vocal sect of hip-hop purists here in the culture's birthplace have been anywhere from hesitant to downright dismissive of Flocka's brand of raucous rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Lil Wayne, Future, and the Ouroboros of Defensive Trendhumpery

    If you pay attention to the Rap Internet, you are probably up to your elbows in people slinging the term "Appropriation" around, mostly in the context of the Harlem Shake meme. Even more loosely, people have been talking about what the idea of "ownership" in hip-hop actually, like, means these days. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Maybe You Should Give British Rap A Chance?

    About fifteen million years ago on the Internet (a/k/a at the beginning of January of this year), my friend Skinny Friedman issued an errant tweet claiming something to the effect of, "Grime is going to be big in 2013." Though he was joking (I think?), that got me thinking. I can see where he's comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Curren$y Smokes Tons of Weed, and Still Works Much Harder Than You

    Let that man multitask. In between bong snaps and awaiting a new episode of The Regular Show to come on New Orleans' rapper Currren$y is also having an extensive conversation with SOTC about the scattered array of topics potheads tend to have. Like about cartoons for instance. And snacks and shit. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Live: At Westway, Three 6 Mafia Turn a Former Strip Club Into a Fight Club

    Three 6 Mafia Westway Thursday, September 6 Better than: Waiting in line outside of Supreme. There was a problem. Three 6 Mafia couldn't get to the stage; 50 people blocked their way, a fire hazard if there ever was one. A man got on the microphone. "Ladies and gentlemen, please clear a path. Ple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The 20 Best Things About "Hot Cheetos And Takis"

    Surely you've heard of "Hot Cheetos and Takis," the banger from the Y.N.RichKids, by now? The song, a product of the Minneapolis North Community YMCA's Beats and Rhymes Program, is as infectious as its titular snacks are artificially flavored, with what appears to be a bunch of community school-educ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Rick Ross Falls Back To Earth On God Forgives, I Don't

    Rick Ross is a smart man. He's smarter than me, and probably smarter than you. He went from one of the most laughable men in rap music to one of the most powerful and respected, and he did it simply by betting on himself—or by betting on an imagined version of himself. More specifically, Rick ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 13, 2012


    Fat Trel and Fat Tony take you down 
to the Santos Party House Basement

  • Music

    May 30, 2012

    YG's Ratchet City

    The heavily tatted 22-year-old comes to town with his signature brand of party rap

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Live: Lady Antebellum Cross Genres, Get Gooey At Radio City

    Lady Antebellum w/Darius Rucker, Thompson Square Radio City Music Hall Thursday, March 3 Better than: Most things that can actually be described as antebellum. Two years ago, "Need You Now" pushed Lady Antebellum, a soulful country trio with a chart-topping record and single, out of Nashville and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 7, 2012


    Rick Ross rumbles through 
Hammerstein Ballroom

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Live: 2 Chainz, Asher Roth, Ace Hood, Vado, And Gunplay Pass Through The Gramercy Theatre

    2 Chainz, Asher Roth, Ace Hood, Vado, and Gunplay Gramercy Theatre Tuesday, February 21 Better than: Clicking through the 50 best hip-hop jumpsuits. Is a show still a success if the audience has a great time, but never quite figures what's being promoted? Last night at the Gramercy Theatre, a webs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Live: 2 Chainz Has All Eyes On Him At S.O.B.'s

    2 Chainz w/ Marcus Manchild S.O.B.'s Monday, January 30 Better than: Spending today watching the 50 or so videos that were taken during the performance. 2 Chainz is tall. I was going to guess 6'5", but an internet answers site—and we all know how reliable they are—is telling me he's 6'8" ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 25, 2012


    2 Chainz makes his NYC debut

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Rick Ross Gets Larger Than Life On Rich Forever

    ​When will Rick Ross stop improving? All bets are currently off, because right now—as in right this very moment, in the immediate aftermath of Rich Forever—Rick Ross is the best rapper alive. Not too long ago, he was arguably the worst. Lots of other rappers have made The Leap from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Sound Of The City's 11 Clickiest Posts Of 2011

    We're about to close up shop here until 2012, and what better way to send out the year that birthed trollgaze than to run down the 11 posts on Sound of the City that generated the most pageviews over the course of the past 52 weeks? Enjoy this look back on the psyche of our readers, and have a happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Radio Hits One: How The Whistle Became Pop's Secret Weapon Of 2011

    ​After Billboard released its 2011 year-end charts on Friday I pored over them, looking for patterns and trends with which I could make sense of the year in pop. If someone asked you to pinpoint "the sound of popular music in 2011," there are countless fads and running themes that you could po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Playing Armchair A&R With The Singles From 2011's Biggest And Best Albums

    ​The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Q&A: araabMUZIK On His Influences, His Name, And Filling His Records With Crazy Beats

    ​Innovation keeps culture moving forward. Some hungry kid will always figure out how to put a new spin on things his predecessors have already done. Just ask araabMUZIK. He's still young, but his production track record is strong—he's worked on tracks by Tragedy Khadafi, 50 Cent and Vad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Live: Fool's Gold Day Off Party Turns into a Relay Rave

    Fools Gold Day Off City Winery Monday, September 5 Better than: Catching bullets at a parade. New York City empties out on Labor Day weekend, but for the past two years those who've stuck around have been able to see behind the curtain on what's next, on what's nexter-than-next, and the emerging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Live: Grand Wizzard Theodore Brings It Back, Fred The Godson No-Shows At Simpson St. Block Party

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Live: The 106 & Park Tour Stops At Irving Plaza, Goes On Forever

    The 106 & Park Tour: Diggy Simmons, Mindless Behavior, Lil Twist & Tyga Irving Plaza Thursday, July 28 Better than: a night spent without screaming. It's like a horror movie: I can still hear their screams. When I close my eyes, all I hear is screams. BET's 106 & Park is an after-school music vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Live: Wiz Khalifa Smokes Out Central Park

    Wiz Khalifa w/Big Sean, Chevy Woods Central Park Monday, July 25 Better than: Hanging out with your parents. In September 2008, Wiz Khalifa stood onstage in front of less than ten people on the Bowery, the whole of Crash Mansion abandoned after performances by Mickey Factz and Charles Hamilton. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Live: Kreayshawn Hits The Box For Less Than 15 Minutes

    Kreayshawn The Box Thursday, July 21 Better than: Not being in an air-conditioned room. Kreayshawn—an Odd Future outlier and Lil' B acolyte—has skyrocketed upwards since her arrival on May 16, 2011. In the immediate days after "Gucci Gucci" hit YouTube, she spent time in the studio wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game's The R.E.D. Album

    ​This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2011

    Mike Bigga Lets Loose

    The Atlanta MC's Pl3dge is an exhilarating, politically charged ride

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    "The Voice" Closes Its Eyes And Takes On "American Idol"

    ​So: The Voice. The big challenge. American Idol has been the dominant ratings force in American TV for a full decade now, but none of the other networks has really managed to do much with that show's format, which seems like a relatively easy thing to steal. (Or they haven't made a big singin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The 10 Best Post-Prison Lil Wayne Songs (Plus the Other 16!)

    ​It's been almost 5 months, or 141 days, or 3384 hours, or 203,040 minutes since Lil Wayne got out of jail. And in that time, by our count, he's made 26 new musical appearances. A few of these might have been recorded before he went to jail (pre-probation-Wayne's maniacally hoarse voice genera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top Ten Greatest Rap-Acronym Anthems

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Week in Review: Top Train-Wreck Bloggers

    Presenting... burger-core. Pic by Puja Patel.​In the week we spent holed up in Sound of the City headquarters preparing Pazz & Jop results, we still found time to report back from shows by former Talking Heads members Tom Tom Club, former Deee-Lite member, Lady Miss Kier, former the Pack membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Lex Luger Tracks You Probably Haven't Heard (But Probably Should)

    ​ In 2010, a new generation of rap producers, from AraabMuzik to Droop-E, made huge strides both artistically and commercially. But none distinguished themselves more than Lex Luger, the 19-year-old Virginia native behind both Rick Ross's "B.M.F (Blowin' Money Fast)" and a good deal of Waka F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Listen: Kanye West And Jay-Z, "H.A.M."

    ​And thus, as threatened, did Kanye West and Jay-Z debut the first track off their upcoming Watch the Throne just past the witching hour on 1-11-11. "H.A.M." is gleefully insane: Kanye chatters about white girls, Jay plays chicken with a Mack truck, and producer Lex Luger devises a hilariously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Zach Baron's Top 10 Singles of 2010

    Rich aliens, rich alienation. Still via​With sincere apologies to Chuck Eddy, my two favorite records of the year also produced my two favorite singles: funny how that happens. And though ten songs increasingly feels like about forty too few, especially when Dr. Luke is working, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2010

    AraabMuzik, MPC Hero

    The demonic dance-floor bombast of hip-hop producer Abraham Orellana

  • Music

    October 6, 2010

    Waka Flocka Flame Is Yelling at You for a Reason

    Why Flockaveli is hard to listen to and even harder to not listen to

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    The Many Disturbing Faces of a Shirtless Rick Ross

    ​More than anyone else, producer Lex Luger has had rap's summer on lock. His two booming, window-rattling tracks on Rick Ross's Teflon Don--"MC Hammer" and "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"--have been inescapable, from cars to picnics to other rappers, who have repeatedly borrowed both beats. Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Rick Ross May Have Just Responded to Young Jeezy (Who Also Put Out A Mixtape Today)

    ​Though Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy is playing it ultra cool regarding "Death Before Dishonor," the "B.M.F."-checking freestyle he released a couple days ago, it seems pretty clear the song was aimed at Rick Ross. (His denial, at MTV, is less than convincing: "That's for anybody. I got n---as i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Hear the New Kanye West Track: "See Me Now," Featuring Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson

    ​Here's how fast things move these days: Kanye West premiered his new No I.D/Lex Luger-produced single, "See Me Now," on Angie Martinez's HOT 97 show about ten minutes ago. BeyoncĂ©, who sings the hook along with Charlie Wilson, finished recording her vocals, according to 'Ye, at about 5 a.m. ... More >>