Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>
Michael Jackson just became the latest deceased musician to rise again in hologram form. At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, he "danced" and "sang" a song from his comeback album Xscape, assembled with "modernized" bits from the cutting room floor of his career. Each time this happ ... More >>
We all know it, but it's time to show it. Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we l ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get Local Frames going with a striking new video from Red Mountain, an intriguing experimental musical collective out of Duluth. We're also featuring clips from ... More >>
Well, what DO you know? Joe Mauer is keeping with tradition and T.I.'s "What You Know" remains the song we'll hear booming in Target Field when he walks to the plate in 2013.Today on Twitter, Dustin Morse who is Director of Baseball Communications and Player Relations for the Minnesota Twins confirm ... More >>
Prince's shows tonight at the Dakota, his last of these "open rehearsal" concerts, are advertised on the Dakota's website with four simple words (and extra punctuation): "Surprise!! (don't miss this!)." These shows sold out in scant minutes and there was almost a Pavlovian willingness to fork over l ... More >>
See Also:Stone Arch Bridge Festival 2012: Dream Crusher interview in a limoSome rappers, especially locally, make cheesy beats on a computer, spit a couple bars at one local show then sit around and wine and bitch because Siddiq or Sims didn't come snatch em up because they totally killed it on that ... More >>
Well, there it is: A full year of mixtapes. Ninety-six artists covered, six hours of local music. I've tried to showcase the Minnesota rap scene for what it is in all its forms and represent all the different pockets as best I can.View the previous 11 mixtapes here. I'll be hosting an anniversary sh ... More >>
See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.
See also: Our complete Coachella coverage Saturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little recreational drug use. Read our highly-trained writers as they tell you the the best things ... More >>
The mere announcement that Doomtree rapper/poet/writer Dessa is giving a lecture/performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum this evening has already stirred up a bunch of debate regarding her qualifications to give the talk. "Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections," is expected t ... More >>
Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>
Dre Day, our annual bluntsmoked, brass monkeyed, and ingeniously tended get-down in honor of the one and only, was started by the local design firm Burlesque of North America nine years ago Saturday, when those multi-disciplinarians were banded around Life Sucks Die Magazine. And for all the ridi ... 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 >>
We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>
Like a puppyJeremy Messersmith's recently released video for his song "Tatooine" is a fucking adorable little construction paper synopsis of the Star Wars OT (original trilogy, hello?) set to a sparse guitar and piano whisper of a song.And, since we're total nerds, we're taking the occasion to re ... More >>
Bone is returning, semi-triumphantly (they've had a tough decade, after all) to the Mainroom tonight with the "original lineup" in tow -- not including Bizzy, the high-pitched attack dog of the Lord, who has been a solo artist since 1998...sort of. Gimme Noise and three other journalists from aro ... More >>
After a wave of shootings has taken the lives of several Somali men, local Somali students listened to a message of non-violence Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.
First Avenue, August 19, 2007
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Is Slug's hip hop the yawp of a new blank generation?
Rising rap star Slug is a master at putting words in order. Now why won't his life fall into place?
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
Business is Chilling: LL Cool J and EPMD.
No Way Out: Is bean-counter-turned-chart-topper Sean "Puffy" Combs tragically fated to success?
My Posse Don't Do Homework: Samuel L. Jackson in 187.
Life After Death
Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends
Tupac Shakur gets out of jail and makes half a masterpiece.