If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>
These concerts are all certified "Best of Weekend" by the mayor's office. We bring them to you by court order.
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
By Marcus Arman Not all rappers need critical adoration to achieve commercial success. Some use negative reviews as motivation, others dismiss them as hate, and a few of them probably don't know what constitutes a review. But it's commendable anytime an artist reaches some level of success. In fact ... More >>
Even though he wasn't born until the decade after Back to the Future came out, Rockie Fresh still rocks a DeLorean in his videos and even sports a pair of Nike Air Mags AKA the Marty McFlys. Fitting considering he acts much more maturely than his 21 years of age would have you believe. His rhymes a ... More >>
These are the best concerts in New York this week, in no particular order.
With all the limitations facing today's music industry, it's rare that any artist gets a second chance. This is especially true in the ever-changing world of hip-hop where if an artist, especially on a major label, doesn't immediately finding an audience, they're soon shuffled back into the over-sat ... More >>
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Rick Ross and his Maybach Music crew take Manhattan
This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the yearand, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by BeyoncĂ©. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere n ... More >>
It's almost September (it already is on the Hot 100, which is dated over a week ahead of time), and the labels are starting to roll out the medium-sized guns: Muse! The Script! Trey Songz! Slaughterhouse? The best stuff is older, though: The Chief Keef track is from a mixtape released in March, and ... More >>
Action Bronson cooks up fun
Alife Backyard Sessions: Maybach Music Group's Self Made 2 with Rick Ross, Stalley, Wale, O Alife Tuesday, June 26 Better than: Listening to Funkmaster Flex jock Ross in the pre-performance interview. Rick Ross and Co. might seem too big for the narrow streets of the Lower East Sideand espe ... More >>
Humility is a rare traitespecially among rappers, who tend to preen and bop about like fighters convincing boxing promoters that they are in their prime. Stalley, however, subscribes to a different G code. Perhaps it's his humble beginnings in a small town outside of Cleveland, where a blue- ... More >>
When will Rick Ross stop improving? All bets are currently off, because right nowas in right this very moment, in the immediate aftermath of Rich ForeverRick 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 >>
Smell that money burning. This concludes Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, a conversation about pop music in 2011 between Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph. Read it all again. Thanks for the handoff, Nick, and thanks to Katherine, Tom and esp ... More >>
To celebrate Watch The Throne being available in physical form today, Jay-Z and Kanye West have transformed the space at 201 Mulberry Street into a record store that, naturally, is selling that album and that album only. The windows are outfitted in the gilded, Riccardo Tisci-designed pattern ... More >>
"I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE AND LAUGHING"It's finally here -- the Spike Jonze directed video for "Otis" from two of the greats, Jay and Kanye, after the jump. It's filled with fireworks, American flags, crisp white button downs, human meme Aziz Ansari, etc. First thing w ... More >>
Lil Wayne w/Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, Lloyd PNC Bank Arts Center Tuesday, July 26 Better than: Sorry For The Wait. Before Lil Wayne took the stage last night at the PNC Bank Arts Center, the PA was playing cuts from Sorry For The Wait, the stopgap mixtape released as an apologia ... More >>
"Don't fuck with me, don't fuck with me," goes the sweet, sing-song Jai Paul sample opening Drake's "Dreams Money Can Buy," which is apparently the opening track on the former Degrassi star's forthcoming album Take Care. That phrase sets the tone for the rest of the song, in which Drake's att ... More >>
At this point, Fabolous's spot in hip-hop is carved in stone. He's the Welterweight Champion of Punchlines, the master jabber who has fruitlessly chased the knockout blow for so long the pursuit defines him. His chronic, career-long inability to say "no" to A&R men has resulted in some of the ... More >>
Odd Future and Mos Def in New York, circa two days ago. Photo by Brook Bobbins.By now you've heard about Odd Future, the polarizing Los Angeles rap collective that got a lot of New York-based critics and labels pretty excited the other night in the basement of Webster Hall. And if you've list ... More >>
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 >>
Is there an odder couple in rap currently than Miami fantasist Rick Ross and the neo-soul nudist Erykah Badu? Their work together so far--"Maybach Music III," off Ross's Teflon Don, and this new "Window Seat" remix--has zeroed in on perhaps the one thing these two disparate characters have in comm ... More >>
Welcome to so many more photos like this one. Via @KanyeWest, of course.Even as we write this, Kanye West is cruising through New York in a Maybach, listening to Andre Rieu's recording of the "William Tell Overture," talking about the genius of classical music and the hardship of dating model ... More >>
More transcendent absurdity from Miami's most improved rapper
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Clothes for Under $100 and Best Boutique for Effortless Style. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano ... More >>
"If they say anybody got us on anything, who better than Kanye?" Right around this time three years ago, the Clipse were on the verge of releasing Hell Hath No Fury, their terminally delayed follow-up to 2002's Lord Willin'. Anger--at their label, Jive, for failing to promote them, and at t ... More >>
Inga Marchand blows a chance for real insight into both the world's insanity and hers
Continuing his pleasantly, audaciously inept hustle