[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pr ... More >>
It's been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn't exist: R. Kelly's sexual predation on teenage girls. DeRogatis, at that time the pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, was anonymously delivered the first ... More >>
Cooking was a focal point in Johnathan Adler's childhood home--"My mom always smelled of garlic, the kind of garlic that's in your veins," he recalls--but he entered the professional culinary world thanks, in part, to sibling rivalry. "I always thought of myself as a better cook than my sister, and ... More >>
Sneakers can be a lucrative investment. As we noted in this week's issue, the free market is in the midst of a sneaker boom. Prices seem to be on a constant rise and the hip teenagers at the front lines of the rush are making crazy paper. Certain newly released shoes nearly double in price within ... More >>
"I'm from Spanish Harlem and the story has never been told from my 'hood," says Bodega BAMZ, the uptown rapper who's plotting to write his own chapter in hip-hop's history with his Latin trap movement. The cornerstone of BAMZ's come up so far is Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z., the 'Pac-style mixtape he dr ... More >>
Pulling no punches
This week, we published a story about New York's own Jahmani Swanson, who is widely known as the Michael Jordan of Dwarves. Swanson has gotten a lot of attention after a highlight tape of his exploits in Los Angeles' summer Venice Basketball League was uploaded to YouTube a month ago and went viral, ... More >>
Whenever I read something about football that sounds like it was written in a barroom by someone as sloshed as Rance Preibus at the RNC, it invariable comes from ColdHardFootballFacts.com. The latest beer-soaked rant comes from Kerry J. Byrne on August 26: "There is this mythology in certain circle ... More >>
Bad 25: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz Gotham Hall Wednesday, August 29 Better than: an easy hair-burning joke. "You just don't do a Michael songyou try and do the best you can." So said Ne-Yo, dabbing at his forehead, having sweated through his "Smooth Criminal" costume. On screens behi ... More >>
Jay-Z and Kanye West are not like us mere mortals. These are celestial bodies, ones who can sample seminal Otis Redding tracks ("Try a Little Tenderness") and not worry for a second about clearance. Hell, Hova isn't even worried about cops anymore, bragging "I got five passports, I'm never go ... More >>
Remember Brian Williams, the dashingly handsome evening news anchor who is all sorts of cynical-funny and made some jokes about Brooklyn a couple of times? Well, there are people who like him, like him a lot. And some of them want him to run for president. According to "campaign manager" Eric ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn lo-fi newbies Sweet Bulbs run the sunrise-punk of bands like Hüsker Dü through the modern machinery of dreampop, dreamgaze, and dreamnoise--think your fave Captured Tracks band running st ... More >>
Meet the screw-ups of [you] Ruined It For Everyone!
At 9:26 pm EST Wednesday night, LeBron James told us what we already knew. Since Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith had been betting his reputation on LeBron's choice of the Miami Heat, and nearly three hours before the climactic moment, rumors of preparations for ... More >>
Terry Pluto, sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been covering LeBron James since his first high school game. His latest book, LeBron James: The Making of an MVP (cowritten with PD Cavs beat writer Brian Winters) is the definitive work to date on how James became the best pla ... More >>
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