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FREE MIXTAPE for Gamer Geeks and Hip-Hop Nerds
As video game music has become more mainstream, or at least more popular thanks to outlets like OverClocked Remix, I think it's safe to say...
| March 29, 2011
The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs
Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
| February 18, 2011
Billboard's Rap Songs chart
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
| July 02, 2010
Taio Cruz | Rokstarr
When Taio Cruz sings, "I can't live without you," in "Take Me Back," pop-song conventions tell us he's referring to a lover.
| June 25, 2010
Drake + Ludacris at the Dunkin' Donuts Center
Degrassi: The Next Generation may have gotten Toronto MC Drake into the spotlight, but it's been rhyme skills, saucy talk, and some truly unique backing...
| May 26, 2010
The Big Hurt: A big country lesbian pissing match
Reports began to surface recently that a major country star was set to come out of the closet in People magazine. I had high hopes for Chris Gaines, but no such luck.
Music news in brief
| May 14, 2010
The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart
We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
| April 23, 2010
Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry
Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
| April 09, 2010
25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010
As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
| March 12, 2010
The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs
This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
| January 29, 2010
CLICK TRACKS: In which Wayne Coyne is a blob, Mystikal is offended, and the Killers are dead (for now)
Amy Winehouse fined for assaultAmy Winehouse managed to keep her bedraggled self out of the tabloids for an admirable run, but sooner or later water...
| January 25, 2010
Beyond Dilla and Dipset
With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
| January 01, 2010
The Big Hurt: Think of England
Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
| October 09, 2009
Send in the clowns
The New York Post got to resurrect its priceless "Wacko Jacko" headline. Barbara Walters scored Super Bowl-level ratings without having to lift a pretty little finger. And Michael Jackson, well, no matter how you slice it, he got screwed royally.
The wacky worlds of Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne
| July 03, 2009
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| November 10, 2008
The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
| September 08, 2008
Rebirth of a prince
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
| August 19, 2008
The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief
Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
| August 12, 2008
There must be a name for the phenomenon of a child actor aging too quickly on the set of a film, right?
VYP: Voice of the Young People | Jive
| May 06, 2008
Youth in the booth
Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
| January 30, 2008
Live Earth 2007
So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
| July 10, 2007
New Orleans notes
This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
| May 08, 2007
After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
Popular Demand | Fatbeats
| March 19, 2007
Dead, or immortal?
When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
| January 24, 2007
The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| January 09, 2007
Mellow Man Ace, who had the first hit Latin hip-hop single in 1989 (“Mentirosa”), and Sen Dog, of the seminal group Cypress Hill, are actual brothers.
Ghetto Therapy | Lightyears
| December 04, 2006
On the racks: September 26, 2006
...plus Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
| September 26, 2006
On the racks: September 19, 2006
...plus DJ Shadow, Chingy, and Kasabian
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fergie, Smash Mouth...
| September 19, 2006
Pharrell's greatest hits
From Wreckx-N-Effect to Fam-Lay
Fourteen years of rumpshaking beats
| August 22, 2006
Does Kate Moss really love Peaches more than she loves cocaine?
Peaches sounds off on sex, education, all-girl bands, and why the '80s were the gayest decade ever
| July 20, 2006
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