By Jennifer Swann In Macklemore's forthcoming single, "Can't Hold Us," he raps, "Nah they can't tell me nothing," thus continuing a long line of rappers to whom one can not tell nothing. It makes one wonder: Why are people always trying to tell rappers something? Why do the rappers refuse to li ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dr ... More >>
Way back in late 2006, two sassy ladies from the U.K., Lily Allen and Lady Sovereign, battled for buzz -- even though Sov's hardscrabble hip-hop and Allen's cheeky reggae-pop confections were stylistic opposites.Weirdly enough, both women are set to release new music this week. Snag an S-O-V MP3 cal ... More >>
As a native Seattlite (recently transplanted to St. Louis) I've felt quite at home thus far in Chicago. Not only am I at a music festival (it seems like Seattle has about one every other week nowadays), but it's raining -- and a nice soggy Pacific Northwest drizzle at that. Adding to the familiar ... More >>
Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some loveable Limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down
Run the Road (Vice Records)
This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Showtime (XL Recordings)
Radar Station's going to SXSW and you're not