Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap arrived on the scene. After the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings helped institute "Parental Advisory" stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps ... More >>
The “Love the Way You Lie” songwriter releases her debut album, Don't Look Down
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
So the first rapped lyrics on "I Got AIDS" are, indeed, "I got AIDS." This isn't a song that fucks around; it straddles the elephant in the blog comment box and starts beating that sucker on the ears with a spiked riding crop. This is significant in a number of ways, not least of which are these: ... More >>
PHOTO BY DENIS JEONG PLASTERIf the first day of Lollapalooza is marked by enthusiasm, the second day is marked by hitting limits. The Day 2 crowd was more pronounced and did not wait until late in the day to show up, and police presence increased to meet the new demands. Partiers line ... More >>
While we expect there are a few more surprises to be announced where Lollapalooza 2011 is concerned, an early lineup debuted today on the festival website and features hometown heroes Atmosphere in the first few lines. This will be the third time in the last several years that Slug & Co. hav ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
SeriouslyOn Friday we 'examined' Kesha's recently released "Sleazy", which comes off as a talent-divorced Nicki Minaj pose; affectation lacking experimentation. Today our mostly unprayed prayers get answered, as Minaj releases a single from her upcoming Pink Friday, featuring Eminem in full fuck ... More >>
Photo by Areca RoeWhat up, Wednesday? Today's the day we drop our old-school print edition onto newsstands across the city -- but you don't have to pick up a hard copy to read this week's music section. Here's a sampling of what we have in store for our readers:Phantom Tails unleash their freneti ... More >>
A new single of synth ambiance, baby grand, tight little drum, Jame Foxx for some reason, and a chorus of Ems singing about moving on from the past few years of stuttered releases, promotions, and relatively bad records. Here we hear Marshall apologizing (twice) for Relapse, "let's be honest, tha ... More >>
A rundown of the four best tracks on the new Big Cats! and Tribe mixtape.
The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
While speaking to the College Republicans National Convention this weekend in Washington, D.C., he managed to compare the GOP's current state to that of Eminem during his stunt with Sacha Baron Cohen's character Bruno during the MTV Movie Awards.
The governor sure pulled that metaphor out of his ass.
Eminem can't mask his boredom on this ghastly return to the studio.
Okay. This is just getting embarrassing now.
Wait a minute, wait a minute-- who made who? We're confused.
Economy Size goDD Costume
Corporate rap cipher 50 Cent sleeps his way to the top
Eminem spews more bile at his fans. Everybody throw up and get down!
The Year's Best National Albums (A Wholly Objective and Statistically Sound List)
'8 Mile' charts Eminem's path from poverty to self-empowerment
A lonelier Eminem explains himself for the benefit of his homies in the suburbs
While critics' taste for politically conscious rap continues, Tha Liks prefer to lap up their Olde E and have a good time
From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture
Eminem learns to sharpen his battle rhymes, but not to choose his battles
Hip hop's next generation searches for a new label
With her sophomore outing Da Real World, Missy Elliot empowers her pocketbook--and not much else
Eminem turns the trials of the white urban poor into a scabrous comedy with himself as the punch line--and punching bag