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Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Last week DJ Whoo Kid helped launch the video for A$AP Ferg's new track "40 Below," which also appears on his SXSW Social mixtape. When not granting assists to t ... More >>
Rolling Stone recently published a run-down of the top 50 hip-hop songs of all time. After consulting with a panel of 33 journalists, industry figures and artists (including professional rap encyclopedia ?uestlove and the remaining members of the Beastie Boys), the numbers were crunched and Grandmas ... More >>
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. Brooklyn's finest meets Strong Island's most prominent in a match up of two lyrical hip-hop powerhouses. Having steamrolle ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianis a little jam-packed today, with six matches on the docket. (The schedule and results so far are here; the full ... More >>
Today marks 15 years since the Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in Los Angeles, and even now there are constant reminders of his passing. I guess after that long, you get used to seeing reminders of him pretty oftenthe music, the bootleg t-shirts, the use of his image and most memorable l ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Food Republic shows us how amazing exploding food is when photographed up close. Gilt Taste remembers Biggie Smalls' death with an essay by Francis Lam on what the rapper's lyrics taught him about food.
Who should get credit for a mural of Biggie Smalls designed by a 21-year-old Parsons student and painted by artists CERN and Lee Quinones? The mural was commissioned by the owner of Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, and features the famous Che Guevara photo that adorns a million t-shirts with th ... More >>
Mount Vernon-raised rapper Heavy D passed away yesterday. The artist, born Dwight Errington Myers, was found having problems breathing outside his home in Beverly Hills; he was taken to the emergency department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and died later in the afternoon. For many, Heavy D ... More >>
Not a recent photo. Oh, those hacker kids, getting up to no good on a holiday weekend by reviving the hip-hop generation's own "Elvis Alive And Eating Giant Sandwiches Somewhere Far Away" myth. A hacker collective calling itself (sigh) The Lulz Boat got all up in PBS' web site over the weeken ... More >>
The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, b/k/a/ the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., remains unsolved. Last week, the case became both more transparent and more suspicious as the FBI opened up its files into an investigation about not just who shot Biggie Smalls, but also who helped orchestrate th ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Steven Thrasher examines the methods of the Success Charter Network and its polarizing CEO Eva Moskowitz. The Bronx Success Academy features "a half-time psychologist, a speech therapist, a music instructor, and even a chess teacher." Would you believe that it's workin ... More >>
Everybody just stop yelling, OK? Photo by Daniel Snyder.In the week we talked about Odd Future, kidnapping and murder, and why we sometimes like the things that repel us, we also saw the group live--alongside every other music critic in the city. They struck a weird balance to the other big r ... More >>
Ricki Rosen for NYT"The tall man in the velvet fedora and knee-length black jacket with ritual fringes" taking "long, swift strides toward the Western Wall" in today's New York Times is not Knicks basketball star Amare Stoudemire, who discovered his Hebrew roots over the summer. It's Brooklyn ... More >>
Being a dead rap artist isn't much fun. Whether The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, or J Dilla, death has never seemed to do much to alleviate the constant pressure on artists to muster up new recordings to satisfy the bulging posthumous rap retail market. (In the hip-hop world, possessing a heart t ... More >>
So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has po ... More >>
Shout-out to all the Scorpios in the house. Pics by Ken Goodman.The question: "What's your favorite non-hip-hop pursuit?" Diddy's answer, after a meaningful, somewhat bewildered pause: "happiness."
Why the blockbuster collusion of Distant Relatives feels so . . . distant
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
Word is, the president's routine from this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner--which killed, by the way--was put together in consultation with writers from the Daily Show. But anyone who knows anything about Barack Obama's musical tastes knows that he probably didn't need any help using B ... More >>
"You better buy a ticket and get your ass to Mars," advises the wise Johnny Loftus. He is, of course, speaking in reference to the latest installment of The Fader's "One Step Beyond" series, which takes place in the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. There, you c ... More >>
A drunken, off-key tribute . . . is there any other kind?
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. It's a shame the legacy of impossibly gifted MC Notorious B.I.G. is limited to two classic albums and one decent-enough comp--but, hey, better than the Pollard-style recording jags that Tupac has mysteriously maint ... More >>
An uncouth Long Island rapper battles labels, homelessness, and (maybe) STDs
March 9th, always a black day. It was on this date in 1997 that Biggie Smalls was gunned down in LA, a murder that is unsolved and will probably remain so. By way of homage, a mixtape tribute by DJ Drama & Cookin' Soul is floating around today, featuring various rappers going in over flipped Biggi ... More >>
The notorious karaoke folks pay tribute to their fallen idol
Notorious B.I.G. made B.L.A.N.D.
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Mike Powell on the radical serenity/serene radicalism of Animal Collective. Michael D. Ayers sits down with Antony Hegarty. Carol Cooper reports back from GlobalFest 2008. In Books, Zach Baron reviews Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth. In Film, ... More >>
Reports from early screenings of the Notorious B.I.G biopic Notorious are promising: wildly uneven character acting, an uncannily Biggie-reminiscent Gravy in the title role, and a plot arc that sticks faithfully and unsensationally to Christopher Wallace's short but eventful life. Over the past co ... More >>
Reminiscing on the SP-1200, the machine that defined New York hip-hop
On the quite possibly ill-advised online hunt for the star of the Biggie Smalls biopic
Wu royalty gets a bit too defensive with self-prophetic comeback/never-left campaign
In Paul Chan's apocalyptic landscape: Birds, suicide bombers, Pasolini, and Biggie Smalls
A look inside the NYPD's secret "Hiphop Task Force"
$elling the Myth of Bla¢k Male Violen¢e, Long Past Its Expiration Date
As Battles Turn Complicated, Murder Remains Bigger Than Hip-Hop
When hip hoppers use violence to silence their critics
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