Back in April of '06 walking Texas rap encyclopedia Matt Sonzala embarked on a cultural exchange program with New York fashion-icon-in-the-making/DJ Roxy Cottontail. Houston hip-hop was having a moment: Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Devin the Dude and more all burst out of the humid air in the Di ... More >>
Rentboy, the Musical is coming to off-off-Broadway, and you can pay for it!
But you'll probably get comped into the theater if you're actually in the show. And you just could be.
A notice just went out asking for submissions for the following roles. (I'm leaving the descriptions verbatim.)
Don K ... More >>
If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
2 Chainz w/ Marcus Manchild
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 siteand we all know how reliable they areis telling me he's 6'8" ... More >>
The Revolver cover.On Thursday Jive Records announced that T-Pain's fourth album rEVOLVEr would be out on December 6. That same day, the rappa ternt sanga's single "5 O'Clock" reached a new Hot 100 peak of No. 25 . The timing wasn't exactly coincidental. The track, on which T-Pain is supporte ... More >>
Late yesterday I was psyched enough to find ASAP Rocky's new video for "Peso" (which you can download here) that I decided to craft a video primer on the up-and-coming MC. He reps Harlem pretty hard, but his beats are so chopped and screwed you'd think he was a student of Mike Jones. Also, he seems ... More >>
The Berkley-based rapper Lil B plays the Highline Ballroom on Thursday; for curious New York gawkers, it's a chance to see the world's foremost proponent of a new movement you could kindly term train-wreck rappers -- those artists whose every youthful indiscretion, ill-advised comment, physic ... More >>
The Rent. . . Is. . . Too Damn High
"Jimmy Mack" is a well-circulated name in R&B. There was a Holland/Dozier/Holland song, recorded by Martha and the Vandellas, James Brown, and Sheena Easton among others, and at least two or three dudes who cut singles under that moniker, for Motown and elsewhere ... More >>
"For The Blueprint, Jay-Z literally just walked into the studio one day and was like, 'Anybody got some beats?'"
Kanye mourns, 1.30.10.Last Thursday, when producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith announced he was closing shop at Baseline Studios, longtime recording homebase for Roc-A-Fella Records ... More >>
Two parallel but related developments emerging from the existence of Southerngold, the ace Santigold/southern rap mash-up mixtape created by Brooklyn's Terry Urban. The first is a scandal: on the eve of Southerngold's "release"--i.e., Monday night, when Urban was sitting at his desk in Brooklyn on t ... More >>