I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, probably too many, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as Insane Clown Po ... More >>
This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted imp ... More >>
The fundamental difference between comedy and music is that everyone has made someone laugh. Whether you think you're funny or not, you've told a joke, you've taken a shot to the nuts, or you've made someone so uncomfortable they reacted with laughter just to break the tension. You may have picked u ... More >>
It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>
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 >>
Big time, old school hip hop headlines a weekend of top tier rap acts with 8Ball & MJG and Bun B at the Ambassador in North County this Saturday night (6 p.m., $25-$40). Yo Gotti and his I Got That Sack tour is at the Ambassador on Friday (6 p.m., $35-$75), and Yung Joc is at Posh late on Saturday ( ... More >>
Courtesy of Tef Poe"I'm trying my best to introduce a new Tef Poe sound every time I release something. My goal is to make some of my misplaced aggression sound beautiful," says Tef Poe. His undiluted honesty and clarity of vision have always made Tef one of the most arresting rappers in St. ... More >>
The Union Buster, preparing to take a swipe at the NFLPA Game and, possibly, Tim Barnes' future.Tim Barnes, former center for the Missouri Tigers, is garnering some attention this week as he plays in the NFLPA Game. That's the National Football League Players' Association, better known as the Pla ... More >>
No Baby Makin' Music for the Lou: The June 5 Ronald Isley and Teena Marie show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre has been canceled, the venue announced today. No further details were given for the cancellation; I have an email into his publicist at Island/Def Jam to see if she has any more details. ... More >>
B-Sides catches up with The Simpson's Alf Clausen and Hanson: Testify!
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
Week of December 21, 2006
St. Louis native B-Money is hanging with rap's heavy hitters.
Julie Seabaugh profiles local laugh-riot Brie Johnson
Jo Capo's new Noize City Entertainment -- and flagship artist Ajule -- take St. Louis music by storm
Publicist extraordinaire Jane Higgins has put St. Louis hip-hop on the map
Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album
Q-95.5 and the Beat duke it out -- and the St. Louis hip-hop scene flourishes
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
King of the rink Leo White is ready for prime time, but is prime time ready for him?
The Wu-Tang Clan finds strength in numbers
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.