How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you--#realtalk--you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but t ... More >>
Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>
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Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." We really mean it. And, c ... More >>
Cult funkateer Shuggie Otis plays the Highline tonight. Despite his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and savvy singer-songwriter, Otis's career never quite went mainstream back in the '70s, but his legacy has been well served thanks to a judiciously reissued back catalogue and a series of rap types ... More >>
Old souls speaking the same tongue
Tonight, one of Atlanta's favorite sons, Killer Mike, plays with Wu-Tang Clansman GZA at Irving Plaza. In many respects, this has been a banner year for Mike, whose El-P produced album R.A.P. Music has given him the most accolades of his career, as well as his work touring with the Into the Wild tou ... More >>
The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song ... More >>
The erstwhile OutKast member has a great year without a single starring role
One of pop music's biggest Cinderella stories in recent memory has been that of the man born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known to the public as Cee Lo Green, or simply Cee Lo. After debuting as a member of the pioneering Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob in the mid-'90s, the MC/singer spent a ... More >>
The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>
Yelawolf w/Rittz Irving Plaza Tuesday, October 25 Better than: Fiddling with the radio. Midway through Yelawolf's show at Irving Plaza on Tuesday nighthis third time appearing on that stage, his first time headlining ithe invited the audience to get a little better acquainted with ... More >>
He works blue, yet retains his loverman status on King of Hearts
What has Southern rap done to hip-hop?
2011's most un-hyped rap release has arrived. It's by a group so under-the-radar that even its record label, All City, or the photographer who shot the mysterious image on its album's cover, Sue Kwon, have no idea who the two people in it are--other than that the duo once went by the name The ... More >>
Courtesy VICE BooksFrom Neu Sex Sasha Grey is one of the most famous porn stars of our generation, and perhaps the first to achieve true crossover success, with starring roles in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and HBO's Entourage. You probably know her by name, face, and maybe even v ... More >>
The Twilight Singers' Dynamite Steps plumbs new depths of dark spirituality
Make room for Daddy Fat Sacks
Here's your proof. CREDITFresh off his triumphant show at Brooklyn Bowl last night and set to play NYU's mystery concert (with, uh, Dr. Dog) tonight, Big Boi is spending the afternoon at First and First on East Village Radio.
It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we're pretty sure it isn't), but that doesn't mean that you can't spend the next two months "jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack." In this week's cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made ... More >>
Rap Radar has your hookup: I am beginning to suspect that Big Boi's (finally!) imminent Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (which it's not even clear if this song is even on) is going to be fantastic. Here we have one of those heartbreakingly rare de facto Outkast reunion tracks, a ... More >>
In two weeks the first rap album of 2010 that matters will be released. How much rap will appear on The Adventures of Bobby Ray is still a mystery. But the recent hip-hop trend of paradigm-shifting MCs--e.g., rappers who don't always seem interested in rap--continues with the big top arrival ... More >>
You will dance to this. It's not debatable.
Southern rappers Clova and ST 2 Lettaz stare down the Manhattan–Alabama hip-hop pipeline
video platform video management video solutions free video player AllHipHop.com brings us a report on both Big Boi's allegedly imminent solo turn Sir Luscious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty and the full-blown Outkast record that will emerge thereafter, good news that ... More >>
Janelle Monáe (Stubbs) Phosphorescent (Club De Ville) SXSW Wednesday Night, March 18 I would declare that a bunch of Decemberists fans crowding the front of the stage four hours before the sea shanties etc. even begin just to insure their spot is not exactly Atlanta r&b space-cadet Janelle Moná ... More >>
Soho gets a "green" nightclub, plus a swank winery that sticks mostly to red and white
His avant instincts dulled, the Man of the People gives the people what they want
Betty Davis's Betty Davis and They Say I'm Different
Hiphop's future is cloudier, but not necessarily darker
OutKast's Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the old South
Illadelphians lose their cultural momentum, maybe even tipping in the wrong direction
A pair of country goofballs boogaloo down Broadway with their rappin' buttload of friends
Sheriff arrives, the Strokes are sent home, drunks from Down Under take over the garage
Sex Drive Outpaces Death Drive as the Biz Goes Down the Toilet
$elling the Myth of Bla¢k Male Violen¢e, Long Past Its Expiration Date
Common's and OutKast's New Vidclips Have Decent Stuff in Common
Nervous Rhythms, Chopped-Up Language, Thumping Slapstick Pop