Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Better than: Danny Brown's stained reputation might lead you to believe.
Attend a Danny Brown show on a Tuesday night in Oakland, and you'll quickly realize that there are a few certainties inherent in the experience.
You will doubtlessly wit ... More >>
East Coast-rasied hip-hop DJ-producer ChaunceyCC began his career in a very straightforward way: "I became a DJ pretty much out of the sheer fact that I can't rap, and everyone else I grew up around could." The observation paid off, as the selecter born Chauncey Johnson has since toured with indie r ... More >>
A$AP RockySchoolboy QDanny BoyWednesday, October 24, 2012Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Anything else you could do on a Wednesday night. Where were you!?Bouncing around on a stage draped in camouflage nets with the rest of the A$AP mob, A$AP Rocky wore a bright white army-like vest in front of a g ... More >>
The last time Aesop Rock released an album, Hillary Clinton was running for president, tech nerds were lining up for a first-generation iPhone, and no one ever had to read or write headlines about Justin Bieber's hair. A lot's changed since 2007, and it's been a big half-decade for the MC as well. W ... More >>
Here's a little something to blow up your ears this weekend: A new mini-mix by London grime/dubstep producer Darq E Freaker, initially put together for British MTV. Darq E Freaker is a still relatively up-and-coming producer over there, known among other things for producing Tempa T's wickedly confr ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
A-Trak is one of the world's most effective musical tastemakers. These days, the Montreal-born DJ and producer is part of the braintrust behind the Fool's Gold label, which has a proven record of picking up artists like Danny Brown, The Cool Kids, and Kid Sister long before larger labels show intere ... More >>
Das Racist at Ruby Skye on Friday.
Nov. 4, 2011
Better than: A typical night at Ruby Skye.
Don't blame Das Racist. The words "Ruby Skye" didn't bode well for a successful hip hop show at a club known for pedaling desensitized four- ... More >>
Das Racist performs tonight at Ruby Skye.
Das Racist wants to be taken on its own terms. Sort of. The Brooklyn-based trio consisting of Himanshu "Heems" Suri, Victor Vazquez, and hypeman/ "spiritual advisor" Ashok Kondabolu has spent more time discussing the group's motivations, identity, and ... More >>
Danny Brown, engaged in a favorite pastime.
"I smoked so much weed I don't remember what I did last night. I don't know what the fuck is going on with this interview." That's Danny Brown, on a tour bus going somewhere to some place in Texas, giving up on raiding his memory banks for an answer ... More >>
"God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.
Considering it's track two of the Blockbuster Album of 2011 -- and the latest single -- you must know the song: Adele's "Rumour Has It" [delightful British spelling sic]: A stabbing post-breakup romp with the R&B diva's soaring voice front-a ... More >>
To call Brownsville MC Sean Price an O.G. is correct on a couple of different counts: not only has he been at the rap game for almost two decades, but he was also gangsta before most of the gangstas we patronize today made gangsta rap into a market segment. Price started out as half of the hardco ... More >>