Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree. But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year." In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.
The eighth Atmosphere album of the group's illustrious career arrives later this year. Titled Southsiders, the collection featuring live instrumentation was recorded in Minneapolis and Oakland.Today, the hip-hop group dropped the album's first single, "Bitter." "This one is to recognize you / Your j ... More >>
[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>
Jay ZXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, November 30, 2013Jay Z has more money than you can fathom, more fame than most entertainers, and sits atop a number of people's lists of greatest MCs. There's nothing he needs to accomplish at this point, and the hunger of an upcoming rapper wasn't exact ... More >>
Global Dance Festival Day 1With Knife Party, 12th Planet, AC Slater, and moreThe Brick, MinneapolisWednesday, July 18, 2012You don't need to know the difference between house, trance and dub step to unpack EDM. If you like pop music -- be it Kanye West or Britney Spears -- that's a good start. This ... More >>
By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>
B FRESH PhotographyPrepare your party guests for a roller ghoster of a nightIt's that time again: finalizing plans for your Halloween party, and getting your scares in a row. City Pages has saved you the trouble of putting together a spooky mixtape, as we present our Halloween Soundtrack Vol. 1.& ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z have been taking fans in the Twin Cities on a roller coaster ride this week -- and not the fun kind with glitter cannons and verses about which rapper's watch cost more money. No, this roller coaster found people getting amped up over the announcement of an October 8 show at ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Photos by Erik HessDiddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and TygaApril 13, 2011Epic NightclubFor this write-up, I could have skated by making jokes about how Diddy changed his name three times during the show or whatever -- but I'm a journalist dammit, not Jay Leno. I came to check out the Dirty Mon ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
And here I was just thinking earlier today that it's weird that there haven't been any super crazy SXSW rumors yet. Well, thanks to this very suggestive video that was sent to @SXSWpartylist, we have our first tidbit of Kanye speculation for the 2011 season.
by Matt BardinsIf a day is a week in internet time, then we've been waiting on "H.A.M." for nearly two months now (announced last week), or two and a half years since Kanye and Jay-Z announced that they would be releasing a collaborative album (back in August). Our long national interwebby dayma ... More >>
Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Riccardo Tesci's art for their freshly announced single "H.A.M." seems a love-it-or-hate-it type situation. Rotts, nautical stars (remember high school, when the seniors started to get tattoos?), scopa crowns, and platinum does not a consensus make, apparently. All up in that ... More >>
Originally announced last August, Yeezy Baby and Jay-Z's collaborative album is sort of nearly upon us, with West announcing the first single's release last night on (where else?) the Twitter thing.That first single, titled "H.A.M.," is set to be released this coming Tuesday, and boy are there so ... More >>
With 2010 coming to a close, we thought it might be a good time to look back and see which Gimme Noise stories garnered the most clicks this year. Numbers don't lie -- from the tragic to the funny to the just plain weird, here are the top 10 posts that drove traffic to our blog in 2010, with link ... More >>
If there's a Guinness record for "most pop artists performing on a pop single," it's probably held by "We Are The World" or its lame-ass sequel from earlier this year. But "All of the Lights" - the fourth single from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - boasts a longer and more random guest list t ... More >>
MATT LAUER: You remember what he said? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist. A brief excerpt has been posted of Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, set to air this Monday night on Matt Lauer Reports.For a man who dammed the river of scientific prog ... More >>
Lady Gaga proclaimed yesterday that "Equality is the prime rib of America," simultaneously empowering and confusing the hell out of legions of GLBT activists as they rallied against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While the nation's top socio-political scientists try to decode what Gaga could have possi ... More >>
image by: Matt Bardins"I called [Vernon] and we ended up becoming like really good friends, playing basketball together everyday, and going into the back studio and just record his parts," West told Rolling Stone. "He's similar to me, like where he just does shit just so people would be like, ... More >>
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THESE DAYS The Navy has hired Houston-based Halliburton Co. to restore electric power, repair roofs and remove debris at three naval facilities in Mississippi damaged by Hurricane Katrina. When tragedy strikes, our nation once again asks, how can we give Halliburton more money??? President Bush ha ... More >>
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