A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.
Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
Everybody enjoys playing tourist when they're in St. Louis, and rapper P. Diddy is no exception. His royal Puffyness. was in town June 8 to throw a birthday party for St. Louis promoter LooseCannon S.L.I.M. at the Coliseum. But before the shindig, he managed to catch a few sights, including admirin ... More >>
Sean "Puffy" Combs himself will be making a special appearance in St. Louis this Sunday, June 8 in order to host a birthday party for St. Louis promoter LooseCannon S.L.I.M.
True story: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and The Voice and Nicki Minaj of...well...Nicki Minaj, now are clothing designers! AT KMART! This week, Mr. "She Will Be Loved" joined Ms. "Starships" in becoming part of the Kmart family with clothing lines that continue the 'Mart's tradition of mediocrity. Press ... More >>
Everyone has been all abuzz the past few weeks about Nelly's partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios. (Eh, not really, we just wanted to use that super cool pun.) So we got to thinking -- what other rappers should land cereal deals? See also: Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial
Lists will inevitably be remembered as the highest point of pop-culture Internet journalism. Why? BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM. Sometimes, however, the sure-fire can't-miss format of the list fails us from a journalistic standpoint. Here are ten of the worst music-related lists that I could find before goi ... 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 >>
UPDATED October 11 with photos of the event. You can now add Pharrell Williams into an exclusive group of hip-hop artists with their own booze brands, joining Ludacris, Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs. The award-winning producer/artist was on hand Wednesday night to promote his new brand, Qream, a 12. ... More >>
courtesy of Christina GradyChristina Grady, a south-county native, has gone on to a career dancing in Hollywood, snaring gigs with some of the heavyweights of Top 40. She's a woman of many interests: She was offered a scholarship to study medicine and is now starting to work on a singing car ... More >>
Diddy Dirty Money has cancelled its May 15th appearance at the Pageant, we have just been informed. Refunds area available at the point of purchase. So far, it seems like the other dates on the group's Coming Home Tour remain intact. St. Louis was supposed to be the last stop. We are very s ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
courtesy of Tef PoeTef 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 >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Ryan Adams and the Cardinals' III / IV*Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cardinals III/IV The Consequence of Sound review of III / IV sang its praises: "This year ... More >>
The Food Safety Bill finally gets its Senate vote today. The San Francisco Chronicle rehashes the details of the legislation that was introduced nearly two years ago, and reports that a procedural vote last week indicates the bill's likely to pass.Brent Cunningham of the Washington Post opines on fo ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, January 21. The Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino, 1260 South Main Street, St. Charles.
Kelli Best-Oliver is on a quest to become a full-fledged foodie. Beginning this week, she will chronicle her adventures for Gut Check. She writes about any damn thing she pleases at South City Confidential.I have no formal culinary training. It's been ten years since I worked in a restaurant, wai ... More >>
Heard rumblings about this last year, but my suspicions were confirmed yesterday: Local singer-songwriter Todd Sarvies -- better known as John Boy's Courage -- is one of fourteen contestants on P. Diddy's new MTV reality series, StarMaker. (Which, you might remember, held auditions at Blueberry Hill ... More >>
I got a link earlier this week from St. Louis Post-Dispatch managing editor Pam Maples, alerting me to the fact that the Los Angeles Times has apologized again for its Tupac murder story and -- literally this time -- retratcted it. Last week I wrote wrote about a major correction published by the ... More >>
The people behind the The Cosby Show, the standard-bearer of the 1980s American nuclear family, are rolling out the DVDs of each season, with seasons seven and eight arriving on shelves today. While many avid TV viewers still couch it for a few hours every couple of weeknights, some of us just w ... More >>
Just Like You
Year of the Dog
Columbia's True/False Festival is the coolest four-year-old in Missouri.
www.all-creatures.org Looks like raccoon. Treated like shit. Budweiser executive Jay-Z has been persecuted by Nas, the po po, and playa-haters, but never mass spectrometry. That is, until this week, when the Humane Society of the United States announced it had put one of the "faux fur" jackets sol ... More >>
Press Play (Atlantic)
2005's Top WTF? moments
Monday, October 31; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Boo the Clown helps Unreal overcome our fear of clownkind, and La Leche League puts it all out there during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Plus -- want to see a truly blushing bride? Take away her dress.
A critical fatwa of Live 8
A paean to the big bad bottle
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your Yule log.
The Grind Date (Sanctuary)
Welcome Back (Bad Boy)
New York: A Mix Odyssey (Tommy Boy)
Beg for Mercy (Interscope)
Murphy's Law (Universal)
Week of September 10, 2003
East Coast Lounge, 2825 North Broadway, 314-621-9777
Soulard Farmers Market
Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Four new releases don't tell all of the Captain Beefheart story