Fat Joe

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Before Hip-Hop Squares: Eight Links Between Rap Music and TV Game Shows

    A game show that people have ever cared about -- even a little bit -- can go down, but it will never truly be out. Know the Dick Clark version of Pyramid that started in the 1970s and continued throughout the decade? No? Well, you've probably encountered the Bill Cullen version (also from the '70s), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    MTV Gains Weight -- and Some Insight

    ‚ÄčAs a child of the 1980s and '90s, I routinely saw a handful of plus-sized bodies on my MTV  interspersed between taut video vixens and studs. The Fat Boys. Heavy D (rest in peace). Missy Elliott. Biggie Smalls, Fat Joe, and Big Pun. Since then, MTV has ceased playing videos and has corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Forget Iron Maiden for Babies, or Mozart -- Raymond Scott Still Has the Best Lullaby Record

    ​Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the Pure White Noise series, or whatever the heck CD is sonically drugging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Point/Counterpoint: Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

    But are you any good sober?​ Lil Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man wh ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    A National Tour of 10 Strange Musical Sandwiches

    ​Music celebrities continue to be a fertile source of inspiration for sandwich makers across the nation. Behold some incredibly strange examples of a growing art form; call it an iTunes eatlist. The star: Lady Gaga The sandwich: Fried cod sticks, avocado, roll The location: Hapa Ramen, San F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Good Rappers Who've Made Terrible Actors

    The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common. It's 100 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top 10 Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007
  • News

    June 27, 2007

    Unpaid in Full

    How musician royalties are being pocketed by SoundExchange

  • Music

    December 20, 2006

    It Was a Year Of ...

    Well, lots of things, actually

  • Music

    December 21, 2005

    Department of What the Fuck?

    Beef, it's what's for dinner: Hip hop feuds we'd like to see

  • Music

    March 16, 2005
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