Apart from the overcrowding and cost of living, subway ads are one of the most depressing things about New York City. But now, next to the usual ads offering escape in vacation destinations and self-realization in a pair of shoes, you'll find a glimmer of hope in a Uniqlo ad featuring 32-year-old De ... More >>
Last week, 50 Cent took to Twitter to tackle an issue few rappers have dared address: the sin of masturbation. He even went so far as to offer a handy four-step guide to avoiding the temptation to debase yourself:
Step 1: To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.
Step 2: Make a con ... More >>
Three 6 Mafia
Thursday, September 6
Better than: Waiting in line outside of Supreme.
There was a problem. Three 6 Mafia couldn't get to the stage; 50 people blocked their way, a fire hazard if there ever was one. A man got on the microphone. "Ladies and gentlemen, please clear a path. Ple ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's scouring of the many hip-hop songs that drop every week in hopes of finding a couple of songs that stand out. This week we managed to get our hands on three and three-quarters of themnot bad at all.
Talk of patriotism might be all up in the BBQ-scented air at this time of year, but rap artists are equally as proud of their local roots, not least when it comes to the great masses who hail from Queens. With the Q-Boro having provided perhaps more great rappers than any other section of New York C ... More >>
Hot 97 Summer Jam
New Meadowlands Stadium
Sunday, June 5
Better than: Sitting at home and moping like 50 Cent.
Rick Ross closed out Summer Jam.
Just so there's no revisionist history here, let's remember how incredible that statement is. Three years ago, Ross was the punching bag of hip-h ... More >>
"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>
Though 50 Cent has had his own verified account on Twitter for a while now, it's safe to say that yesterday was the rapper's official debut on the social media site. How do we know this? Because about 24 hours ago the robotic, self-promotional, ghost-written stream of updates occasionally posted t ... More >>
Though Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy is playing it ultra cool regarding "Death Before Dishonor," the "B.M.F."-checking freestyle he released a couple days ago, it seems pretty clear the song was aimed at Rick Ross. (His denial, at MTV, is less than convincing: "That's for anybody. I got n---as i ... More >>
Lindsay Lohan is in the big house (see: clink, slammer) for the next couple weeks. Question is, what the heck is she gonna do in there? And how is she feeling? Many people, it seems, are devoting a lot of mental energy to these very important questions. Everyone agrees that Lindsay will be mo ... More >>
Tony Yayo (left, under a towel), a tiny child (center), and Lloyd Banks (right).
Not much to report from last night's bizarrely curated Lloyd Banks/Reflection Eternal/Cory Gunz/Jackie Chain showcase at the Nokia Theater, besides the fact that New York still goes crazy for "Beemer, Benz or Be ... More >>
Months after G-Unit affiliate Lodi Mack was gunned down after taking an assault charge for his boss, Tony Yayo, 50 Cent's rap crew is in trouble with the law again--this time up north, in Ontario, Canada, where Lloyd Banks is being held on assault and robbery charges. Banks and three goons ap ... More >>
Gucci Mane's new album, The State vs. Radric Davis is in stores today, but the insanely prolific, remarkably consistent Atlanta rapper has been in jail since November 12th. This is Gucci's second stint in jail for a parole violation this year. Both sentences stem from a 2005 incident in which ... More >>
Who moved my cheese? Illustration by Shane Harrison.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reads 50 Cent's surreally insightful self-help book, The 50th Law: "This book is actually kind of sad, in the bleakness of its cutthroat, shoot-nine-times-or-be-shot-nine-times worldview. Trust no o ... More >>
So great that this is the photograph they used--Happy Birthday, Tony Yayo!Tony Yayo aficionados may remember the charges the artist briefly faced in the spring of 2007 for assault--on a 14-year-old child. The kid, James Rosemond, had the bad luck of being the son of Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, ... More >>
Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja PatelIn the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>
This is a Jimmy Kimmel Live clip of 50 Cent dousing Sesame Street's Elmo with Vitamin Water after celebrity chef Adam Perry had shaved the furry red creature and began barbecuing him. Nobody promotes new albums like 50 Cent, whose War Angel mixtape--the cover of which seems to borrow both the apoc ... More >>
We just spent the better part of an hour staring at this picture, promising ourselves we wouldn't post it, a promise we're breaking now. Tony Yayo in a hazmat suit carrying a naked baby. With a feral pig behind him. And carrion birds circling overhead. As a dead body that looks like Jesus with sneak ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces.
This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in P ... More >>
So pretty-boy Pennsylvania rapper and burgeoning star Asher Roth foils crime now? Putting aside the fact this story is probably only notionally true, let's ask ourselves: Would Tony Yayo have been so brave?