Rock The Bells
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012
Better than: Partying with your own demographic
Rock The Bells is the only annual hip-hop festival to manage the difficult feat of attracting a truly diverse and multi-generational crowd. In its fifth year in the Bay Area (and ninth ove ... More >>
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 >>
Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala) and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's hip-hop megafest Rock The Bells, which returns to Shoreline Amphitheatre this August 25-26.
This year's lin ... More >>
Intentionally or not, some electronic musicians -- like Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Eskmo, Tobacco, and Tycho -- come off as spectral, detached figures. Mux Mool, whose real name is Brian Lindgren, is not the shadowy type. He portrays himself as the sort of guy you could invite over to your place for barbe ... More >>
The rap game -- well, any game -- could use more people with the ambition of the RZA and the ability to make good on it. The man born Robert Diggs is more than an MC, a producer, and an actor. His resume also includes "DICTATOR" in big, bold letters: When the Wu-Tang Clan was just a bunch of young b ... More >>
Method Man joins the crowd.The Smoker's Club Tour with Method Man and Curren$y
November 2, 2011
Better than: Curling up at home with a bong and a Snuggie.
My moshing days never really began, but they should have been over about half my life ago. Still, as the bruises from Meth ... More >>
Okay, everyone. Calm down. We know, we know.
While we can't say we were surprised to hear that Limp Bizkit's new album sucks something terrible, it's also undeniably true that, once upon a time, for a very short time, those nookie-obsessed Floridians were kind of awesome.
Yes, there was th ... More >>
"Jay-Z is the reason I signed to RocNation. It's very hard to say no to the opportunity when Jay-Z is involved." That's J Cole, talking optimistically about his status as the first signing to Jay-Z's RocNation label venture with concert giant LiveNation. But with Cole's debut album now ... More >>
Why did I choose to subject myself to Limp Bizkit? Because with the myriad of styles coming back -- think LinnDrum R&B ballads featuring on Bon Iver and Frank Ocean releases; the meaty '90s alt of Yuck and Male Bonding; the retrospective thrash metal of Kylesa -- it seem just about every era ... More >>
When it comes to creative career moves, the rapper Lil B usually blazes his own distinct and very often quirky path. But his decision to re-up the cover art of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album for his own I'm Gay project taps into hip-hop's long and lustrous admiration for the music of Marvin. ... More >>
Last year, Tyler, the Creator's arresting album Bastard won the then 19-year-old rapper and his vast, motley Odd Future collective attention and praise from sources including Pitchfork andBillboard. His second solo album, Goblin drops next week, the first physical product anyone from this gr ... More >>
Nothing to fuck with.YES: the Wu-Tang Clan (R.I.P. O.D.B.) is bringing its Shaolin magic on the road next month, and San Francisco lies in the path of destruction. (This less than a month after Ghostface Killah's show at Slim's next week.) So boom-bap to that! Come this way for details.
Since many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. Here's an alternative to the critical consensus on rap. Yesterday, we ... More >>
Method Man/Red ManAugust 16th, 2009
By Noah Sanders
Better than: Watching How High sober.
Last night's Method Man/Redman show could've been swiped directly from the two veteran rapper's significant mid to late-nineties heyday. Everything was there: the clouds of weed smoke funnel ... More >>