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Rap news in brief
In a recent Big Hurt column about selling out with grace and dignity, I gently called out Snoop Dogg as an artist who'd entirely blown out his commercial gag reflex.
| October 26, 2012
The Big Hurt: Loko and loco
A little part of me died when the Man took Four Loko away. Yes, it was a much smaller part than the area of my brain that died while Four Loko was legal, but I still miss the stuff. Last month, reports surfaced that Colt 45 would be filling the void with
This month in hip-hop controversy
| May 06, 2011
The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame
BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
| April 15, 2011
The Big Hurt: The torments of Phil, plus Biebs's 'stache, Simpson's Snoop poop
A thrilling roller-coaster of PHIL COLLINS drama this week. First, a murmur washed over the media as Collins seemed to announce his retirement in an FHM interview.
Music news in brief
| March 18, 2011
The Big Hurt: Snoop goes 4G
Plus, Scott Walker's drift, Rick Ross's Tweet thuggery, Sting's Libya worries, Biebs's deep thoughts
Music news in brief
| March 04, 2011
Poop and circumstance
Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| January 28, 2011
The Big Hurt: Snoop PO'd
Last week, I reported extensively ( ahem , Pulitzer judges) on the bizarre mural of JUSTIN BIEBER found within the favela manse of a Brazilian druglord. However, as I dug deeper into the story this week, I discovered an incredible new twist: the lette
Plus Biebs trades up, Liam tracklists, willcanthear, Hucknall busy, anagrams and headlines
| December 17, 2010
Snoop Dogg releases brand new song for Prince William's bachelor party
If that isn't the best headline since "Headless Body in Topless Bar," we're not sure what is. Seriously, Snoop likes to get his pimp paws...
| November 30, 2010
The Big Hurt: Hack Is Wack (is wack)
If you thought Sex Pistols Perfume was the unlikeliest endorsement I'd lay on you this month, think again.
Snoop Dogg takes a bite out of cybercrime
| September 24, 2010
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
Snoop to Sookie: "Let's Do It Doggy Style"
Dude! True Blood is back and everyone is sufficiently psyched out of their minds about it. And we mean everyone. The HBO phenom that effectively...
| June 18, 2010
Snoop Dogg at the HoB
Even when Snoop Dogg was releasing mediocre albums, his smoke-filled cross-country extravaganzas were still some of the finest spectacles in hip-hop. Maybe it’s the work of so...
| April 14, 2010
Gorillaz | Plastic Beach
Although this is their first album without an indie-chic producer, the fake band with fake cartoon characters known as Gorillaz stay the course as a very real post-Blur conduit for Damon Albarn's quasi-apocalyptic, '80s-daydreaming, neon-pop habit.
| March 19, 2010
Snoop Dogg at Bates College
As if that weren't odd enough, Snoop Dogg's also in Maine tonight. The '90s rap icon and fairly recent soap opera star has a newish...
| February 24, 2010
Crossword: ''That bowls''
| January 22, 2010
The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch
It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play
The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
| December 18, 2009
CLICK TRACKS: Snoop in the front seat, Gaga in the Wang, plus a pungent whiff of MTV's "Jersey Shore"
We may be stretching it a bit here to call this item "music" news, but this is just too damn good to pass up. Tonight,...
| December 03, 2009
Brand new funk
Evan Hanson and Brendon Bjorness-Murano, better known as lyricist 90Sevan and beatminer/composer Low B, teamed up just seven months ago to form Broken Ground.
Broken Ground launch their Sneak Attack
| November 27, 2009
Photos: Snoop Dogg with Method Man and Redman
Photos from the Providence stop of Snoop Dogg's Wonderland High School Tour
Snoop Dogg with Method Man and Redman, live at Lupo's, Providence, October 31, 2009
| November 06, 2009
Recap: Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, and Redman and Method Man at the House of Blues
Before leaving my apartment last evening - following a weekend of Halloween hysteria and anticipating what’s sure to be a debauchery-packed Election Day - I...
| November 02, 2009
Interview: Warren G
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
| October 30, 2009
Snoop Doog, Method Man and Redman with Devin the Dude
Been liking how Snoop Dogg has integrated '70s blaxploitation grooves into his R&G (rhythm and gangsta) sound? Now one of hip-hop's elder statesman, it seems...
| October 27, 2009
“Blazed and Confused”: Snoop Dogg + Slightly Stoopid at the Comcast Center
Hear ye, hear ye, come one, come all. It’s the first annual “Blazed and Confused” tour, and all Snoop’s doggs are invited. (As are Stephen...
| August 05, 2009
I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
| July 24, 2009
A long time comin'
Says Slaine, "When I get high I want to get higher, and when I get low I just want to get lower. I can't seem to find that place in the middle."
La Coka Nostra's been prepping this debut for a minute
| July 17, 2009
Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno restores bad taste to its rightful place
| July 10, 2009
Photos: Sunday at Bonnaroo 2009
Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
Phish, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
| June 19, 2009
Battle of the banned
It's one thing to be a musician and get thrown out of Disneyland (Velvet Underground) or banned from a national landmark (Ozzy Osbourne at the Alamo), but you've hit rock paydirt when you become the target of an entire nation.
Authorities kick out the jams
| March 02, 2009
Word to the mother
As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
| January 28, 2009
The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.
In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
| January 26, 2009
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