Chinx Drugz is running on empty right now. The rapper's been up for hours after an all-night recording session at Diddy's Daddy's House Recording Studio in Midtown, which at one point included French Montana, Travis Scott, Harry Fraud and strangely, a hookah-puffing Macklemore. See also: Jim Jones ... More >>
Though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" technically dropped in 2012, the song really hit its stride this year when it became an anthem for LGBTQ rights as well as a hot topic. Mary Lambert-- the singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, and heartwrenchingly silken vocals behind the song's beautiful ... More >>
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Macklemore made bold moves when choosing the opening acts for his three-night stand at Madison Square Garden, selecting Mississippi-bred rapper Big K.R.I.T. and Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli, artists with ample street cred and classic rap sensibilities--basically the diametric opposites of the thrift- ... More >>
Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon, the Bowery Ballroom, the Blue Note: all these destinations for live music have earned their place on New York City's perennial favorites list year in and year out. We love them, too, but we're not going to rank them here. Our favorite venues have less to do with pe ... More >>
In spite of the massive contributions he has made to video art, children's entertainment, and inventing the modern remix, "R. Kelly" is still a soiled name. Ever since his erratic behavior and outsized personality pushed his raw talent to the side, he has been regarded by many as more of a caricatur ... More >>
Macklemore has good intentions in his hit song "Same Love." They are intentions I won't bother rehashing or defending because you've heard the song blasted in every store, car, bus, boutique, and street-corner you've stood on for the past couple months--but they are also intentions that do not trans ... More >>
For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>
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.
Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyr ... More >>
What is an average day in the 2013 life of Ms. Amanda Laura Bynes? Here's a likely scenario: She wakes up around 11. She goes to the gym. She might take a meeting about her fashion line(s). She (probably) goes to the gym again. She leaves her lawyer a seventeenth voicemail, detailing five more peop ... More >>
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>
In true finale fashion, Saturday Night Live didn't mess around with the season's closing episode--and the musical guest successfully (and rightfully) upstaged not only the host and the cast and every single performer that hit the stage before him in recent memory, but the departure of STEFON, and th ... More >>
Apart from the overcrowding and cost of living, subway ads are one of the most depressing things about New York City. But now, next to the usual ads offering escape in vacation destinations and self-realization in a pair of shoes, you'll find a glimmer of hope in a Uniqlo ad featuring 32-year-old De ... More >>
Michael Quattlebaum Jr. takes rap beyond pronouns
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.