Island Def Jam Music Group

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    In Defense of Sublime

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    3rd Bass Rapper MC Serch Almost Moved to St. Louis on an Italian Opera Scholarship

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Doug Stanhope on Bill Cosby: "It's Cute That an Old Man Can Make Words."

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    One Label Controls Almost All of Hip-Hop, and That's a Problem

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Eleven Things Every Independent Artist Should Work On

    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

    April 5, 2012

    Bun B, 8Ball & MJG Promoter Jonathan Burns Talks About This Weekend's Show and His Past

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tef Poe On What The Scene Needs, Where He Is In Life and His New Song "Satellite" (Listen)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Missouri's Tim Barnes Getting NFL Draft Hype

    The Union Buster, preparing to take a swipe at the NFLPA Game and, possibly, Tim Barnes' future.‚ÄčTim 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Canceled: Ronald Isley's Fabulous Fox Show on June 5

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    October 3, 2007

    Strike up the Band

    B-Sides catches up with The Simpson's Alf Clausen and Hanson: Testify!

  • Film

    April 25, 2007

    The Popcorn King

    Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.

  • News

    December 20, 2006

    Unreal News Challenge 2006

    Week of December 21, 2006

  • Music

    December 6, 2006

    B-Money in the Bank

    St. Louis native B-Money is hanging with rap's heavy hitters.

  • News

    January 4, 2006

    Girl Walks into a Comedy Club...

    Julie Seabaugh profiles local laugh-riot Brie Johnson

  • Music

    November 23, 2005

    Cum On, Feel the Noize

    Jo Capo's new Noize City Entertainment -- and flagship artist Ajule -- take St. Louis music by storm

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    Star Flack

    Publicist extraordinaire Jane Higgins has put St. Louis hip-hop on the map

  • Music

    December 3, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z signs off with The Black Album

  • News

    November 5, 2003

    Dawg Eat Dawg

    Q-95.5 and the Beat duke it out -- and the St. Louis hip-hop scene flourishes

  • Culture

    May 28, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture

  • Music

    March 12, 2003

    Gossip Folks

    Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap

  • Culture

    October 23, 2002

    True Dat

    A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev

  • News

    October 9, 2002

    One-Wheel Roller

    King of the rink Leo White is ready for prime time, but is prime time ready for him?

  • Music

    August 2, 2000

    Gathering of the Clan

    The Wu-Tang Clan finds strength in numbers

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    Meet the Beat

    Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.