"People that were born there are still there, or died there," Amber "Sweetz P." Hill tells us of Altgeld Gardens. The rapper is carefully inspecting a chicken wing over her plate at Muddy Waters, looking up seriously from beneath a dark ski-hat and curtain of dreads."That's the type of place it is." ... More >>
Former Vikings offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie has been ordered to immediately pay back a $4.3 million loan he took from Pro Player Funding on the eve of last year's NFL lockout. In court, Pro Player Funding argued that after he was cut from the Vikings last August, McKinnie missed a payment, trig ... More >>
When you think of rapper/singer/walking-psychologist's-desk-reference Nicki Minaj, the notion of getting your nails did probably doesn't spring to mind. Now you don't have much choice, because in January the Cash Money/Young Money queen is partnering with OPI to release six nail polishes named af ... More >>
Bryant McKinnie, preparing for training camp.Bryant McKinnie is no longer the giant man on the end of the Vikings offensive line, thanks to his reported losing battle against weight gain.McKinnie was placed on the "non-football injury" list on Monday, which was taken to mean he was simply too out ... More >>
Pitchfork ribbing is kind of like kickball, something people do perennially and with no really good reason. It's like baseball, right? It's been a minute since our tasteful overlords got some mud in their face, especially of their own making. So what a relief it was to see this morning, amids ... More >>
The 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos is upon us! Taking place August 12-15 in Cave In Rock, Illinois, Psychopathic Records has released an insanely long promo video for the event, over 17 minutes long. I watched all of it. That's not a complaint, but more of a dare.
The most unintentionally hilarious lyrics of 2009
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
Gawker posts Lil Kim's new address.
The B-Girl Be Summit preaches strength in numbers
The latest Greensleeves collection of dancehall sides, Greensleeves Rhythm Album #66: Bomb A Drop, features two examples of one of my least favorite songs types, the anti-cunnilingus anthem. Gay basher Beenie Man?s ?Three Laws? includes the pledge ?We will never suck the pussy,? while Tony Matterhor ... More >>
Corporate rap cipher 50 Cent sleeps his way to the top
City Pages writers look back on 25 years of arts criticism, and the sentences that still make us cringe
He was a homeless ex-con with nothing to lose. Now he's a homeless fighter with nothing to gain.
This week: A swig of Tonic and a Coachwhip to the booty
Jean Grae proves she's more than just another female MC
Elastica's punk comeback makes something out of saying nothing
With new tracks exhumed from the vaults, Biggie and Tupac add to their corpses' corpora
Ruff Ryder Eve strikes a blow for hip-hop sisters; Solé merely comes to blows with them
With her humble poise and non-Diva tone, Mary J. Blige is the unlikely heiress to Aretha's throne
With her sophomore outing Da Real World, Missy Elliot empowers her pocketbook--and not much else
The music industry released 30,000 albums in 1998. You can live without 29,990 of them.
The Hennepin County library system just wanted good clean fun on its CD rack. What it got was a free-speech debate that won't quit.