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Last year may have brought about the global triumph of Mrs. Carter, the facepalm-inducing skeeviness of Robin Thicke and the tongue, cultural appropriation and subsequent redemption of Miley Cyrus, but Pharrell and his hat are the reigning pop juggernauts of 2014. He got Meryl Streep to shimmy at th ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-old sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play basketba ... More >>
Enough about the music and enough about the giant ship--everyone wants the good stuff! Like, who was the most wasted asshole on the boat? Who delivered the most snooze-worthy DJ set? And who was the most ratchet dancer of Holy Ship!!! 2014? While the rest of the blogosphere waxes poetic about the ... More >>
Knowledge the Pirate counts himself as a member of the rapper Roc Marciano's inner circle. Alongside KA, who we recently nominated as recording the best New York City rap album of the year, Knowledge appeared on Marci's acclaimed Reloaded project and was also around during the recording of that proj ... More >>
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Steve Aoki and crew take over Pier 94
NYC artist opens two shows in one night
If you've listened to the radio in the past week, chances are, you've heard a Nile Rodgers song--and probably more than one. Besides co-writing and playing guitar on Daft Punk's internationally chart-annihilating hit, "Get Lucky," Rodgers has produced so many number one singles and albums in the las ... More >>
This month, lovers of beer and irony everywhere have been thoroughly enjoying the fact that everyone's weirdest kid band, Hanson, have not only grown up, come of age and started playing music again, but they've also launched their own beer--and it's called Mmmhops (see what they did there?). In lig ... More >>
A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.
So, Justin Timberlake and Destiny's Child dropped two singles over the weekend, and people who mostly grew up in the last decade rejoiced. Everybody else was like, "What the hell is this all about?" Both these major pop entities haven't dropped new music in a long while. Timberlake, who hasn't rele ... More >>
She's featuring them in her new video! But first some background: The Cuban-born, Miami-raised "queen of Latin pop" is coming to mix with the gays this Friday night at the F*Word bash at Splash (50 W. 17th Street). And she'll have a lot to talk about with them. She's set to do several ... More >>
Aube, once an area that simply supplied grapes to the more important production regions in Champagne, is coming to be known for its own independent winemakers. [NY Times] Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams is launching a new dessert liqueur with Diageo called Qream, which will target "women wh ... More >>
This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisi ... More >>
N.E.R.D. Highline Ballroom Tuesday, May 31 Better than: Sweating in the heat outdoors, but only barely. Jumping into the event-planning space normally afforded to Heineken and other higher-end brands, Coors Light tried to put on a show last night. Vinyl banners, hanging from the VIP section, gave ... More >>
One of the happiest of the many stories to get lost in the maelstrom that was Kanye West's 2010 was the rehabilitation of Pusha T, perhaps the single most critically beloved and commercially unsuccessful rapper of the last five years. The Clipse, his duo with his brother Malice, had sat on th ... More >>
In May of 2007, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Lupe Fiasco released the Thom Yorke-sampling "Us Placers" as the super-group Child Rebel Soldier (CRS) on West's Graduation-teasing Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape. Seven months later the trio put out a video for the song. Then for three years, ... More >>
Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>
God bless America. All photos via BBC.And the award for best life this week goes to N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams, who spent Monday night inducing Anna Wintour and Oprah to dance at the Met Gala after party, only to then head south on Wednesday to take part in the White House's Cinco De Mayo ce ... More >>
When will we finally be rid of the little bastards?
So, yeah--weird time for the Clipse (or, more accurately, Pharrell) to go to the auto-tune well. "I'm Good" is the first official single off Till the Casket Drops, and, well...visions of the long commercial nightmare to come, I guess, where all the viral marketing and neo-neo-r&b singles in the worl ... More >>
Credit: Rebecca Smeyne In the week we worked in this church, paid our penance, and gave our blood, Lil Wayne and Pharrell said "Yes." To which Young Dro and Yung LA responded, simply, "Woah." And Diddy wept. TV season at Sound of the City has come (is it the cold weather?), and though The City rem ... More >>
The Strokes and Kanye West entreat the bold-faced masses. Bemused vulgarity ensues.
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The Neptunes get sensitive while hiding beats under rock