Recidivism rates in California are at 70% (the highest in the nation), but Compton native YG is determined not be among those trapped in the revolving door of prison and parole. After his stint in the Big House, he signed to Def Jam in 2009, and things are heating up. He just unleashed Just Re'd Up ... More >>
Remember when musician fights used to be interesting--or at least memorable for more than two minutes? It's hard to imagine as we expend Twitter scrolling energy on Azealia Banks v. Angel Haze, Gaga vs. the Osbournes, Deadmau5 vs. Madonna, and the rest of the noise. Yet unbelievably, there was a tim ... More >>
These are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
This past weekend saw Rick Ross and Young Jeezy's long-simmering beef boiling over into fisticuffs as the rappers and their entourages went at each other at the BET Hip-Hop Honors Awards (and possibly broke a very expensive mirror in the process). That squabble wasn't a one-off though! Here's a prim ... More >>
The term "flop," in a musical context, usually refers to an unsuccessful album. Though singles constantly perform above or below expectations, a song will rarely get a reputation as a flop unless there's a lot riding on it, such as a pre-release single from a big-name album. In 2011, Beyonce's "Run ... 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 >>
The erstwhile OutKast member has a great year without a single starring role
Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... 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 >>
Unfortunately, this just isn't fun anymore. Pic by Sam Horine.It's Friday the 13th, and if you're as superstitious as we are here at SOTC, you'll stay away from the outside world altogether. Lucky for you, though, we've put together a pretty awesome rundown of dance parties to visit this week ... More >>
Hip-hop's putative savior revels in doubt, insecurity, and a broken heart
Did you know the 2 Live Crew boss is now a columnist for our compatriots at New Times down in Miami? It's true, and after a few warm-up pieces ("Fire Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra"), Luther Campbell today addresses why Lil Wayne and T.I. risked their careers over firearms. Short version: Try goin ... More >>
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
On the defiantly skeletal Transference, which only a recession could love
Her new album is as angry and profoundly uncomfortable as you might have suspected
An ascendant Southern rapper tries out a few impressions
Nate "Igor" Smith In this week's New York Press, there's an enormously long feature chronicling the ignominious rise and fall of Williamsburg's short-lived after-hours space, the Shank. As someone who pulled a few all-nighters loitering around that mud-bucket of an early morning hideaway this past ... More >>
It's oddly timed (is this piece really pegged to Eminem's release date?), but The Atlantic is currently hosting a roundtable discussion on hip-hop in the age of Obama, a topic we once wrote a few thousand words about (more than once, actually), and remain sort of obsessed with. The panelists: Hua Hs ... More >>
New jams for low-riders and supper clubs, respectively
Who to insult, how, and why
One of the things most entertaining slash most infuriating about rappers straying, whether intentionally or otherwise, onto political talk shows is the inability of their hosts and fellow guests to call them by their given names. Hence a smirking Dennis Miller calling Young Jeezy both "Emphysema" ... More >>
The menace of "Paper Planes" trumps the frivolity of "American Boy." Both are good signs.
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all
Two Carters: one young, one oldÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢â¬ï¿½both dominant
Continuing his pleasantly, audaciously inept hustle
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-tracks shocker!
DJ Khaled is taking over, 200 words a minute and one guest-star at a time
Tracks from the nether regions of Pazz & Jop
Proof that no matter how hard we pretend to be, we're all fragile
Eclectic neoclassicism versus childhood-oriented avant-primitivism as global warming swamps our history
DVD magazines released straight to the street turn crime kingpins into hip-hop heroes
Fifteen courses you'll be better off skipping at this year's musical overfeed