"The Beastie Boys were just silly," says Dutch-based documentary maker Bram Van Splunteren. "You couldn't do a serious interview with those guys. They were just goofing around. We had them rap down the phone but I don't remember any kind of content from that interview."
Back in the mid-'80s, Splunt ... More >>
In October of 1983, Kool DJ Red Alert broadcast his first rap radio show on Kiss-FM. It would soon bloom into an essential listening session for hip-hop junkies, a jump-off point for upcoming artists, and a long-running part of New York City's musical soundtrack. So with Kiss closing its doors as we ... More >>
"Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega."
Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy."
For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>
A PETA brochure I picked out of a box like Alicia Silverstone's baby picks food out of her mouth told me the answer.
It's everyone from Alicia to Pamela Anderson to the Dalai Lama, with stops along the way for black swan Natalie Portman ("I really, really love animals") and ex-Spider-Man Tobey Magu ... More >>
If the periodic table were an exclusive club, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry would be the overgrown doorman holding the clipboard. To extend this awkward analogy, over the summer, two new names were added onto the bouncer's list: element 114 and element 116. These two a ... More >>
Wednesday, November 30
Better than: Ja Rule's acting in The Fast and the Furious.
It seems cruel that as the recession continues to hit the "snooze" button, Swizz Beatz has picked up yet another job, another paycheck. He is the luxe James Franco, collecting 1099s like pass ... More >>
via Roc4Life.comThe Occupy All Streets shirt, in happier times. 1:15 p.m. UPDATE: They're on sale now, although they're backordered enough that if you buy today, you won't have a shirt shipped your way until December 16. Perfect for a "conscious yet inspired enough by the Watch The Throne tou ... More >>
The news that Kanye West stopped by Occupy Wall Street yesterday had the Internet atwitter for a chunk of the afternoon. Now, there's video documentation of Kanye standing around Zuccotti Park and letting Russell Simmons do the talking for him (he "didn't want to do any media at all"), explai ... More >>
Dan Charnas' epic The Big Payback (New American Library/Penguin) retells the saga of hip-hop's rise from ghetto defense mechanism to global cultural powerhouse through the eyes of the businessman who sold it, first to America's kids, then to the corporate world. A former Source writer and the ... More >>
It all seemed so glamorous back in the fall, when Jay-Z signed on for a single-digits stake in the development conglomerate AEG, just weeks before the company successfully pitched his buddy David Paterson and was awarded a billion dollar-plus contract to run slot machines out at the Aqueduct ... More >>
See how they bleed for you, America? Photo by Mackenzie Schmidt.Some context here: last week, local rap group Das Racist announced plans to cover the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique at Williamsburg's Cameo Gallery. Chaos ensued as the trio took the stage and proceeded to, in the group's own wor ... More >>
Somebody tell Puja how to do this.
Greenhouse is one of those places that make us normal folks nervous. While some revel in the exclusivity of red-roped clubs, the thought of waiting in a felt-carpeted line doesn't exactly thrill me--over-glammed Jersey girls, statuesque Chelsea boys, and men with ... More >>
Let us, in this era of endless polticial mud-fights, enjoy the rare moments of comity. Like Bill de Blasio's opponents in the public advocate's race coming to his defense when his petition was challenged. And Andrew Cuomo, defending Governor Paterson from charges that his late-night partying at Taj ... More >>
At six-foot-seven, when Ashley Adair walks down the street, people stop, their mouths drop open, and the cell phone cameras come out. Some would be uncomfortable with that kind of attention. Adair's reaction? She wears high heels that make her height closer to seven feet, and squee ... More >>
Somewhere Russell Simmons is wondering just what the hell happened
First came the not-quite news that the Clipse were in the studio with Rick Rubin (he was the one who signed them to Columbia, after all). Now that same Entertainment Weekly reporter, Simon Vozick-Levinson, has managed to actually he ... More >>