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 >>
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
Despite every living rapper seemingly being just a phone call away, Miami radio personality/record executive/professional shouter DJ Khaled has never once put out a good album. He's been 0-for-5 (yes, DJ Khaled has released five albums), and Kiss the Ring, his sixth record, is on the horizon.
Khal ... More >>
Something weird is going on in rap music; older rappers are as lost as Mitt Romney in a Dollar Tree. In a game dominated by the young, there doesn't seem to be much place for men of a certain age talking about clubs, bottles of alcohol and selling drugs, and the resulting soul-searching has yielded ... More >>
Hot 97 Summer Jam: Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Wale, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka, Trey Songz, Maino, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Mavado, Tyga, Slaughterhouse (and Nas and Lauryn Hill)
Sunday, June 3
Better than: Seeing a Nicki Minaj concert.
In an er ... More >>
In this week's Voice, I chatted with a few of the biggest young names in L.A. hip-hop for a piece on the style of minimalist, post-jerk, post-hyphy party rap that they're calling ratchet music. Below are some outtakes from my conversation with one of leaders of that scene, the rapper best known for ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Forbes published The Forbes Five, which estimated the net worth of hip hop's wealthiest moguls, and put Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams in fourth place with $125 million. Just two weeks later, Williams announced that his label's most successful artist, Lil Wayne, ha ... More >>
If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
Lately, when I turn on a hip-hop station, I feel like I'm being applauded, and I don't always feel like returning the favor. I'm not referring just to the default use of handclaps (sampled or, more likely, emulated by drum machines) as snare drums in beats, which has been a common practice and has b ... More >>
Nguzunguzu w/Salva, Rizzla, DJ Weird Magic
Friday, March 23
Better than: Any workout that doesn't happen on the dance floor.
At 2 a.m. early Saturday Salva took control of 285 Kent, commanding the audience with a mix that incorporated freestyle, house, Miami bass, southern rap, and west ... More >>
How do you know when you're at the dawn of a new pop era?
It's not like someone sends a memo. Sure, occasionally there's a well-timed cultural event that offers a hintthe disastrous Altamont festival in December 1969, which signaled that the flower-power dream was over, or Comiskey Park's Di ... More >>
The 106 & Park Tour: Diggy Simmons, Mindless Behavior, Lil Twist & Tyga
Thursday, July 28
Better than: a night spent without screaming.
It's like a horror movie: I can still hear their screams. When I close my eyes, all I hear is screams.
BET's 106 & Park is an after-school music vi ... 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 >>
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 >>
Diddy-Dirty Money, Tyga, Lloyd
Friday, April 22
Better Than: That time Diddy's son took Nicki Minaj to his 16th birthday party.
"Diddy's not so much my thing," said a friend as we waited amid hundreds of fans and at least ten gigantic spinning cardboard cutouts of Ciroc bott ... More >>
Is this you, perhaps? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Last night, Drake played the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall, alighting triumphantly on a New York stage after two horrifically abortive attempts earlier this year. But last night was uniformly dubbed a triumph, a coronation for the yo ... More >>