I heard about Chico 2Triple in January when Traps N Trunks posted “6 Year Grudge,” a loud and bullish self-introduction over stuttering hi-hats and a chipmunked vocal sample. Chico’s provided bio would make an A&R salivate: he had just been released from a six year stint in federal prison. In..
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New York Comic Con! Baby Boba Fett with a tiny red lightsaber! Unabashed anime love! Sexy Asian Mario with big boobs! Hispanic Captain America! Comic Con, where we nerds come to roost! I wandered the floor on Thursday and Friday drinking in the sights and sounds and playing video games...
We’re accustomed to having the best of everything in New York, but the CMJ Music Marathon is basically a baby version of South by Southwest. But that’s not to say there aren’t shows to see. We’ve listed our picks below and will update with more as we find them. In..
Metallungies Hollers @ Co$$, “I just don’t understand how people peg me as a typical West Coast artist,” Interview.
Co$$ is alternately cerebral and street level, but always candid. With a cadre of obscure producers he met on the Internet, Co$$ delivers a vivid debut album that seamlessly blends astral musings and lyrical smack downs. He’s a hip-hop head in the first degree who claims to know the lyrics..
Meridian, Mississippi artist Big K.R.I.T. has his big raucous choruses, but his delivery is acutely measured and refined. Sometimes he raps just above a whisper, on a solemn account his career (“Dreamin’”) or an admonition about the thorns of success (“Lions and Lambs”). ReturnOf4Eva, released for free online in March,..
On April Fool’s Day, we got DJ Burn One to remix Will Smith’s “Men in Black.” We thought it would be funny, but Burn reworked a cheesy childhood memory into a sleek after hours cruise. We knew we were onto something. Hence Remix Lungies, ML’s own remix series, where take..
Time for some confessions. “My Life” by Von Pea wasn’t really “a bone-chilling hip-hop bildungsroman” produced by 9th Wonder. It was Von dumbing out over “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” And DB49′s “Death & Resurrection” was actually a parody of “All of the Lights” about lite beers. April Fools. Admit it,..
Last Wednesday, Nintendo hosted a preview event in New York to showoff the Nintendo 3DS and announce its release date and price (March 27, 2011, $249.99). I showed up too late to partake of the muffins and yogurt, but I did get to try the thing out with a bunch..
Hip-hop artists have a knack for creating brands around groups and labels. Examples include Wu-Tang, Bad Boy, Roc-A-Fella, G-Unit, and Young Money. These brands are usually built around a philosophy or lifestyle and its accompanying visual style and slang lexicon. On their new album The ONE…COHESIVE, Alabama duo G-Side illuminate..
I got in touch with producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Daniel Merriweather, Duran Duran) three weeks ago to talk about his favorite beats of the year. After he thoroughly educated me (I’ve listened to “Katy on a Mission” 40+ times), Mark was nice enough to field some questions...