Dr. Dre

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

    Gangsta rap, where have you gone? About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels.  And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: January 2014

    Think semi-local/semi-national -- that's what St. Louis has in store for this month's rap shows. Instead of taking the stage at large venues like the Pageant, most will perform in cozy spaces, like the Grove's new venue the Mad Magician and St. Louis's famed Pop's. With throwback acts like Twista an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the ten finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true ly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The Day RFT Music Died

    You may have noticed over the weekend, starting on Thursday, that RFT Music was largely inaccessible. Users of Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and likely others were blocked by warnings of malware, looking very similar, if not identical, to the one you see above.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Washington University: Officials Suspend Sigma Alpha Epsilon After Alleged Racist Pledge Prank

    The Washington University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is in hot water today after allegations surfaced of a pledge activity that involved photographing black students and reciting a rap with racial slurs. University administrators have officially suspended the SAE chapter and are now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar is Coming to Chaifetz Arena April 17

    Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar will be coming to St. Louis on Wednesday, April 17. Joining the critically-acclaimed rapper will be DJ Steve Aoki, founder of Dim Mak Records and an electrifying showman in his own right. Aoki is also nominated for a Grammy in this year's upcoming awards show, in the ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Black Spade & Nato Caliph's Cassette EP Force Majeure: Review

    Force compatriots Black Spade and Nato Caliph commit their long-running musical kinship to tape for the first time on Force Majeure. And I mean "tape" literally -- this nine-song program (featuring two interludes and a remix) is being released on cassette and .mp3, and the abbreviated format shows t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Homespun: Black Spade & Nato Caliph

    Force Majeure
    f5 Records

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Kendrick Lamar's Debut is One of the Most Important Hip-Hop Albums of Our Era

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    The Demonization of Chief Keef and Lil JoJo

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Rodney King and The Psychotic World We Live In

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    The Case Against Holograms, Which in Honor of Freddie Mercury Needs to be Made Right Now

    A few days after Tupac Shakur came back from New Mexico appeared as a "hologram" during last month's Coachella festival, cynics wondered aloud about the optical illusion becoming a trend. Somebody even put together a humorous "poster" advertising next year's show, which consisted exclusively of eith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Hologram Musicians: The Legal Implications

    There's no denying that the "hologram" of Tupac Shakur that debuted at Coachella this year is provocative. Some see the visual effect as a celebration of a well-regarded rapper's legacy. Others see the spectacle as a disturbing example of the uncanny valley theory on a particularly grand scale. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Best of Coachella's Final Day

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Best of Coachella Day Three

    See also: *The Best Of Coachella: Saturday, April 14 *Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs Wow, that was fast! In a whirlwind of top-notch performances from legends and buzz bands alike, pool parties, and rain, Coachella's first weekend is over. Here are our scribes' favorite moments from Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Six Best Coachella Death Matches

    You may know that the Coachella festival begins this weekend, in which Indio, California is overtaken with every type of person from hippies to people who like watching bands outside and camping yet deny being hippies. The impressive lineup has a few notably similar acts who may not be rivals but st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Coachella in St. Louis: Make Your Own Spring Festival Without Leaving Home

    The Coachella 2012 lineup is out, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and roughly half of Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2011 list. But California is far away and three day passes (officially) cost your left eyeball and firstborn child. Fortunately, many of the Coachella highligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Coachella 2012 Lineup: Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg Headline

    Coachella has just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival, which will take place over two weekends in April, will feature the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg as headliners, and it doesn't exactly drop off from there: Pulp, Cat Power, M83, the Shins, Bon Iver, Noel Gallagher, Feist, Jeff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Ben Folds on Making the Most of a Misunderstood Career

    Courtesy of the artist.​This Sunday, Ben Folds performs a sold-out show at Powell Hall alongside the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We talked to the versatile, potty-mouthed and misunderstood performer during a rare moment of rest between rehearsing for one of his many orchestral concerts and j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Six Best Blatant Drug References In Song

    ​Drugs are a crucial part of the classic triumvirate of rock & roll; very few things in our society are of enough import to rival "sex." As a result, drugs have been mentioned and implied in countless songs crossing every imaginable genre. I'm sure there's some Indonesian Gamelan track about o ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Interview: Tef Poe on War Machine, His Fantastic New Album

    courtesy of Tef Poe​Tef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2010

    Devin the Dude

    7 p.m. Friday, September 17. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Vandalyzm's Megatron Majorz Redux Hits iTunes Hip-Hop Charts

    Vandalyzm is now gunning for Dr. Dre.‚ÄčOne of St. Louis' finest is currently sandwiched between 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. on the iTunes top 200 hip-hop albums chart. No, it's not Nelly (though his new single "Tippin' in da Club" is at a respectable 34 on the singles chart) -- it's Vandalyzm.The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of January 11 to 17

    Although Vampire Weekend dominated both stores this week, I would just like to note that Dr. Dre's The Chronic was a top seller at Vintage Vinyl last week. Proof that it's always Dre Day. Euclid Records 1. Vampire Weekend - Contra 2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind 3. Tom Waits - Glitter & Doom L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Homespun: Phaseone, Thanks But No Thanks

    In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Phaseone's Thanks But No Thanks. He had this to say:As a songwriter, Phaseone relies on a few pet sounds: '80s orchestral synths, sharp-edged hi-hats and loads of reverb. His use of samples is tasteful and discreet (you'd have to be a hell of a crate ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2009

    Homespun: Phaseone

    Thanks But No Thanks

  • Music

    September 17, 2008

    Royce Da 5'9"

    9 p.m. Monday, September 22. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008
  • Music

    April 30, 2008

    Uh Huh Her

    9 p.m. Friday, May 2. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    Dr. Dre to Release...Sparkling Vodka?

    Annie sent me this link: Rapper and producer Dr. Dre is releasing a line of liquors, including a premium cognac and...sparkling vodka. I didn't know such a thing existed. Turns out there at least a few sparkling vodkas out there: Vodka O2 and Nuvo. The question being, Why bother? -Ian Froeb

  • Music

    December 13, 2006

    The Game

    Doctor's Advocate (Geffen)

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2006

    B-Money's Beat Kicks Off the New Jay-Z

    from B$ gave Jay-Z "The Prelude" When the throngs pop in Jay-Z's new CD, Kingdom Come, the first notes they'll hear will arrive courtesy of native St. Louisan Brian "B-Money" Hughes. B-Money produced Track 1 on the Jigga's highly anticipated "comeback" album (can one "come ba ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2006

    Busta Rhymes

    The Big Bang (Aftermath)

  • Music

    January 4, 2006
  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Healthy Distrust

    Hip-hop's trends in 2005

  • Music

    November 23, 2005

    Pimping All Over the World

    B-Sides gets gangsta with Burt Bacharach, imagines a rainbow of worldly bands and dissects the nuances of two trumpets

  • Film

    July 20, 2005

    Boyz N the Studio

    Hustle & Flow is short on action, long on scenes of recording

  • Music

    June 15, 2005

    Various Artists

    The Very Best of Death Row (The Row)

  • Music

    February 9, 2005

    The Game

    The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)

  • Music

    November 17, 2004

    MC Eiht

    Friday, November 19; the Duck Room

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2004

    Conservatives? Anyone?

    Ben Stein at UMSL

  • Music

    March 5, 2003

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath Records)

  • Music

    January 15, 2003


    Eve-Olution (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)

  • Music

    January 8, 2003

    Attitude Check

    Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas

  • News

    March 14, 2001

    Playing Dr.

    The members of Dr. Zhivegas have lives beyond the stage

  • Music

    August 16, 2000


    The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope)

  • Culture

    April 26, 2000

    Guys and Dolls

    Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts)

  • Music

    August 11, 1999


    Soundpieces: Da Antidote (Stones Throw)

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