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  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    A Brief History of "Weird Al" and Rhyme

    This week sees the release of Mandatory Fun, the 14th studio album from the high priest of parody "Weird Al" Yankovic. Yankovic's uncanny ability to mimic and mock the stylings of his targets are always impressive, especially his endeavors into the world of hip-hop. While "Amish Paradise" and "White ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

    We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    March 23, 2004: The Most Important Day in Indie Rap History?

    Where were you on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004? If you were a music fan, chances are you were picking up Usher's Confessions album, as it eventually went diamond and birthed "Yeah," a song that seems to get as much airplay today as it did 10 years ago. Or, if your radar picked up underground movements, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle

    These days I enjoy making a living writing and teaching music, but at one point not too long ago my primary source of income was battle rapping. Yes, entering tournaments and spontaneously rhyming insulting someone over a beat was how I earned a living for a number of years. Tonight, September 16th, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The Time LL Cool J Rapped as a Genetically Modified Shark

    Thursday night, veteran rhymesmith and mic controller LL Cool J leads the charge of hip-hop's all time greats, including Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, for a night of rap royalty at Roseland Ballroom. While Mr. Cool James has given us over 25 years of undisputed rap classics, he's also been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    New Kids, Old Media: How NKOTB Achieved Ubiquity in an Era Without Internet

    Tonight in the Jerz (East Rutherford) and Sunday at Barclays Center, everybody's favorite boy band template New Kids on the Block take the stage for their tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. While most of our New Kids memories could be attributed to them having "The Right Stuff" on stage and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    EMP 2013: A Shadow of Its Former Self

    Better Than: Watching two full days of rock docs. 
 At the 12th annual EMP Pop Conference at Tisch School of the Arts on Friday afternoon, Princeton professor Alexandra Vazquez was presenting on Superstorm Sandy, remaining structures of colonialism, and Cuban-American salsa singer La Lupe, also k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2013
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    November 28, 2012

    Why We Still Love Cypress Hill

    Tonight, west coast hip-hop favorites Cypress Hill return to the Best Buy theater. With over two decades of nationwide touring, they've developed a reputation as one of the most anticipated and consistent live shows in the genre. Even after departing from their longtime label Sony in 2008, the group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The Most Bizarre Music-Based Halloween Costumes of 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Live: Gonjasufi Presses On in The Midst of Technical Chaos

    Better Than: Watching the corny parts of the "Watch the Throne" tour. Hip-hop has always flirted with spirituality. The S.p.o.o.k.s. and Wu-Tang embraced a Buddhist vision; M.C. Hammer, God's Property, and P.M. Dawn charted with Christian themes; and the 5% Nation attracted many gifted creators of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Bruce Springsteen And Mick Jagger Stop Making Pop Hits, Start Inspiring Them

    It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    100 & Single: Of Monkees, Michael, and "Maria"—The History Of The Chart-Dominating, Lifestyle-Accessory Album

    Cassandra (Tia Carrere): You've heard it? Wayne (Mike Myers): Exqueeze me? Have I seen this one before? Frampton Comes Alive?! Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide. —Wayne's World 2 (1993) Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Following Private Patti Smith Concert for Developers, a Flash Mob Is Planned at the Chelsea Hotel in Support of Tenants [Updated]

    Last night Patti Smith was at the beleaguered Chelsea Hotel, playing what appears to have been a new-hotel-management-planned event to which tenants were not invited, but the architect and others were. New hotel management, for the record, is King & Grove, "a new lifestyle hotel brand defined by mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    From The Archives: Colson Whitehead On The Digable Planets, 1993

    ​Before he was writing novels about zombies, elevator inspectors and summers on Long Island, the man behind 2010's best literary twitter account worked on staff at the Voice, writing mostly about television but often about books and music as well. To coincided with the release of his new Zone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Check Out These Photos From The Gathering of the Juggalos 2011

    ​ Once again, Camille Dodero has decided to subject herself to the glorious festival that is the Gathering of the Juggalos, where she's joined by Charlie Sheen, Screech, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown, and more. She'll be posting on the event as the weekend continues, but here are some photos from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Screech Is a Juggalo

    Juggal-uh-ohs will never dieYesterday, Charlie Sheen took to Twitter to confirm that the Access Hollywood creature would be hosting one night of this year's 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Soonafter Sheen's four-million followers learned that Sheen is Down with the Clown, Psychopathic Records ... More >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2011

    Big Sean Heads Into the Spotlight

    With an assist from Kanye, the rapper is Finally Famous

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    WTForever21 Blogger Resumes Site After Dispute With Forever 21

    ​Earlier this month we wrote of Rachel Kane, the blogger behind Forever 21 satire site, which, being a satire site, makes fun of Forever 21. Forever 21, being without a sense of humor in general or particular, did not like this, and threatened her with a cease and desist and po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Live: Rick Ross Lives Out His Dreams At Summer Jam

    ​Hot 97 Summer Jam New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday, June 5 Better than: Sitting at home and moping like 50 Cent. Rick Ross closed out Summer Jam. Just so there's no revisionist history here, let's remember how incredible that statement is. Three years ago, Ross was the punching bag of hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Q&A: Pusha T: "Instant Gratification Versus Slow Grind? I'll Take The Former."

    ​90% of his friends are behind bars. His oldest brother is a recovering drug addict. His other brother has long since repented. All that and Pusha still wants to, well, push. "That's what happens when you Michael and they treat you like Tito," he raps on the hook for "I Still Wanna." For the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Live: Araabmuzik Harasses His MPC at Brooklyn Bowl

    Araabmuzik Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday, April 5 Better than: Bowling. In the past few months, I've read a handful of articles and reviews suggesting that watching a DJ is boring. In one sense this is true, as watching the moves a DJ is making is almost always secondary to dancing to the records that D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    See Jay-Z and Cornel West Talk About Rap Music at the New York Public Library on November 15

    ​Yesterday, we brought you a brief but compelling excerpt from Decoded, the autobiography-slash-annotated-lyric-sheet of a book Jay-Z will be releasing through Spiegel & Grau on November 16th. Now comes word that one day prior, on Monday, November 15th, Shawn Carter will be at the New York Pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Glee's Ten Most Cringe-Worthy Rap Moments

    ​The phenomenally successful Glee kicked off its second season earlier this week, with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' home-town anthem "Empire State Of Mind" showcased in the opening song spot. But while entire episodes of the show have been effectively hooked around the music of pop icons Madonna, La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Presenting The Top 19 Most Ridiculous Lines on Das Racist's Sit Down, Man

    ​Even casual observers of this blog know of our great esteem for Das Racist, and our great excitement at the release yesterday of their latest mixtape, Sit Down, Man, featuring guests from Diplo to El-P, Boi-1da to Devo Springsteen. Samples include "People Are Strange" and "Return to Innocence ... More >>

  • 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

    July 29, 2010

    So Just How Homophobic Is Rap In 2010?

    ​The familiar conceit of this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine article "Sissy Bounce: New Orleans's Gender-Bending Rap," goes something like this: There are some gay rappers in New Orleans. Rap's usually really homophobic. That's crazy, huh? Contrasting the apparently enlightened attitude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Rick Ross Momentarily Thinks He's Eminem, Is Quickly Disabused

    Rap fans are now (perhaps overly) familiar with the plastic nature of reality as it appears to Miami rapper Rick Ross. So while Ross spent yesterday afternoon and evening gleefully proclaiming he had his fourth #1 record, it didn't necessarily mean anything but that he wanted it to be his fourth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Who Does Rick Ross Think He Is, Exactly?

    ​The rapper Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, is currently being sued by the living, breathing drug boss--"Freeway" Ricky Ross--from whom he stole his stage name. On his new Teflon Don--another nickname borrowed, without consent, from John Gotti--Ross has a song called "MC Hammer," o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Rick Ross' New Teflon Don Is Streaming In Full On His MySpace

    ​New York rap fans have a very complicated relationship with Rick Ross, due to the Southern thing, the prison-guard thing, the he-once-released-a-song-called-"Money Make Me Come" thing. During Diddy's 92Y Tribeca talk a couple weeks back host Peter Rosenberg abruptly started praising Ross to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    NYC Enforces Ban on Stores Air Conditioning Sidewalks; We Explore Other Retail "Crimes"

    ​The city has served nine stores $200 fines for air-conditioning sidewalks with doors wide-open, the New York Times City Room Blog reports. In 2008, the city banned the practice of luring customers in by cooling them down on the grounds that it's a gross waste of energy. And maybe that's so, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    I Went To Michael Bolton's House In Connecticut For A Cocktail Party

    Our host, in his element​Look, when you get an email with that offer, you say yes. It's just a fact. And thus do I find myself on a bus yesterday evening with 20-odd publicists, journalists (OK!, In Style, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, etc.), and TV/radio people, a merciful lack of ironical "LOL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Let's Just Take the Comment Section Below the New York Times' "Empire State of Mind"/World Series Piece as a Sign of Progress, America

    Whatever the official sports etiquette line is in terms of fair play and sportsmanship, we can safely say the Yankees organization crossed it, did a fake line off it, and then lit it on fire last night, parading Jay-Z (in a Yankee varsity jacket), Alicia Keys (purple), and backing band (Yankee jer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    And Now Let's Play "Find Jimmy Rollins In The MC Hammer Video"

    ​During Game 1 of the World Series last night, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was graced with one of the more remarkable fun-fact infographics in TV-baseball history: "Appeared in several MC Hammer videos in the late '80s." Now that is a fun fact. Let's see if we can find him.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    On Soulja Boy's "Gold Grill Shawty," Featuring OJ Da Juiceman

    By the far the most hilarious teenage millionaire on planet Earth is the Atlanta-based, not-at-all-one-hit-wonder Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, whose particular variety of performative genius has inspired both EMP panels ("Soulja Boy is neither a cipher, like dance-rap wonders Tag Team or 69 Boyz before him, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Avoid Fighting At Charlotte Ronson Show

    photos courtesy of David Wentworth From my angle--sixth row, toward the end of the runway at Charlotte Ronson's Bryant Park show--I'm perfectly situated near the DJ booth, a blinding corridor of flashbulbs and hysteria. Samantha Ronson, the DJ, is at least half the show here; she spins country ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Shorty Awards Honor Marketing Miniaturists

    The Shorty Awards -- not a rap thing, but a celebration by three enthusiasts to honor "the best producers of short content" on Twitter, where messages have a 140-character limit -- were held in Brooklyn last night. The awards were hosted by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, with special appearances by Shaqui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Photos: MC Hammer, MC Lyte at Wingate Field, 07.09.07

    More coverage planned for this, but here's the crucial part: last night MC Hammer was in Brooklyn's Wingate Park with MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh. Homegirl camera-wielder Rebecca Smeyne summoned her inner fifth-grader, headed to the scene, and reports back, "This was so fun. . . talked my way past fiv ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2007

    The Show Must Go On and On and On

    Doug E. Fresh leads a delighted Brooklyn crowd down a Frosted Flake–filled memory lane

  • Music

    May 1, 2007

    The Makeup Test

    Lil Mama's 'Lip Gloss' boosts both her self-esteem and her burgeoning rap career

  • Film

    August 26, 2003
  • Film

    July 1, 2003

    They're Back

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sequels?

  • Art

    January 14, 2003

    Hunks and Has-Beens

    Reality TV—Pop Thrills at 'Human Amusement Parks'

  • Music

    October 24, 2000
  • Music

    December 28, 1999


    A Year (Heck—A Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies

  • Specials

    August 24, 1999
  • Theater

    July 20, 1999
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    February 9, 1999
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