Tech N9ne is the only rapper on the 2013 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list who wears face paint and has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos six times. After raking in an impressive $7.5 million over the past twelve months, the Kansas City native appears on the list in between Swizz Beatz and 50 ... More >>
Record Store Day approacheth! I won't say much this week. I have to reserve as much energy as possible with these vinyl-skimming digits, after all. Outside of all the events and after parties revolving around dear RSD, there's plenty to get out and see all week. Click ahead for our recommendations, ... More >>
Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>
Akon hasn't been perfect throughout his career, but it's hard to accuse him of being selfish. The St. Louis native developed a propensity to share the spotlight with other artists, even if it means his presence isn't always noticed. That cooperative mentality allowed Akon's behind-the-scenes career ... More >>
News flash: popular music includes profanity. Now that I've gotten your attention with that shocking revelation, here's another: some of the trickiest songs to release as singles incorporate naughty words in to the title. Music might be a form of expression, but it's also a business. And sometimes ... More >>
Photo by Todd OwyoungOver the weekend, Chris Brown and pals came to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. He danced, he sang, he (presumably) did not hit anyone (couldn't resist). Young Money hanger-on Tyga, no-longer-auto-tuning T-Pain and Kelly Rowland played as well. Todd Owyoung went to capt ... 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.) Cassidy's C.A.S.H.*Cassidy, C.A.S.H. The once gold-certified rapper returns with a new studio album. Stream the C.A.S.H. in full here. *Crushed Stars, Con ... More >>
The first-ever St. Louis Super Music Fest (slated to be an annual event) took place last night at the Chaifetz Arena, and fans couldn't wait to get funked up. The majority of the crowd was over 40; however a respectable showing of 20- and 30-somethings came out to watch a lineup of musical l ... More >>
Todd OwyoungFergie from Black Eyed Peas, last night at the Scottrade Center. More photos here.As might be expected, fans of every age, shape and color came out to witness last night's performance by one of the biggest musical acts of the era. For anyone who's familiar with Black Eyed Peas' m ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.
Joseph Cultice/courtesy of S. Carmody PhotographyGary Numan, London, 10/1997, by Joseph CulticeYou've seen photographer Joseph Cultice's work before. Marilyn Manson's iconic Mechanical Animals album cover? That's him. Jonas Brothers' retro Times Square scene on the cover of its 2008 disc, A L ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonIt's been a minute since we checked in with Wafeek, everyone's favorite St. Louis hip-hop ex-pat, and it's probably best we've left him alone: He's been busy making a kick-ass new album. The project is titled Feekee and the Flux Capacitor and it's, well, complicated.As t ... More >>
I thought we could use a little levity/humor around here this week: View this newish viral video, imagining how the news would sound if it was delivered with auto-tune, a la T-Pain. Wait for the Katie Couric part.
Although it's a cold, cold Thursday in early January, there's certainly a ton going on tonight around town. I'll report back from Girl Talk's sold-out Pageant show tomorrow (hopefully it won't involve things like this), and we'll have photos from the Lil Wayne et al show at the Chaifetz Arena on the ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, January 8. Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... 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 >>
In the RFT that's coming out later this week, our music writers will weigh in on what they liked -- and didn't like -- about music in the year 2008. Various writers from around the Village Voice Media chain also weighed in on their jams, lists we'll be rolling out over the next week or so. Here's a ... More >>
The Lil Wayne "I Am Music" tour was officially announced today. Tickets for the January 8, 2009 Chaifetz Arena show go on sale this Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m. and are $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75. Also on the bill are T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson. Lil Wayne was last in St ... More >>
Good morning, St. Louis.If you were caught up in the fever for Twilight, watching movies about carnies or pondering the settlement between KWMU and its fiery, fired boss Patty Wente, here's what you may have missed.
Just got word that Lil Wayne is returning to the Chaifetz Arena on Thursday, January 8, with his "I Am Music" tour. The jaunt features an impressive set of opening acts: T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes. Ticket prices and more info as soon as I know it.
Worth watching just to see that Ludacris and T-Pain are pretty decent actors, Luda especially.
The trials and tribulations of R. Kelly.
Sabbath's Ronnie James Dio isn't into preaching, but Kanye and Fiddy's are.
A culture war is rocking within St. Louis underground hip-hop scene.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 11. Scottrade Center, South 14th Street and Clark Avenue