Music

  • ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ is Coming Back in June

    ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ is Coming Back in June

    2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the classic MTV series Yo! MTV Raps. Since MTV is still around, and rapping is still around, and shouting “yo!” is (nominally) still around, you’d have to be completely nuts to think a revival of the show isn’t on the way. And so it is, and here’s a partial guest list: […]

  • Prince Discography Annotated by the Prince Estate

    Prince Discography Annotated by the Prince Estate

    Prince has one of the densest discographies of any recent artist, and truth be told most people only know the core biggies: Dirty Mind through Sign o’ the Times, with maybe the Batman soundtrack album thrown in for good measure. The Prince estate recently unveiled a new way to explore Prince’s famous discography, and will hopefully encourage a few fans to […]

  • ‘The Beautiful One': Prince’s Unfinished Memoirs to be Published

    ‘The Beautiful One': Prince’s Unfinished Memoirs to be Published

    I feel confident in saying that Prince is probably the only person to have ever lived that could really pull off titling his own memoirs The Beautiful One. So it’s a good thing that before his untimely death a couple of years ago he capitalized on that capability, writing out 50 pages of the project by […]

  • ‘Big Chano: 25 & Alive’ Birthday Playlist Curated by Chance the Rapper

    ‘Big Chano: 25 & Alive’ Birthday Playlist Curated by Chance the Rapper

    Yesterday was Chance the Rapper’s 25th birthday. It’s OK if you didn’t get him anything, but in his typically generous fashion he along with Apple Music has given us something for the occasion: A specially curated playlist of 31 of Chance’s favorite songs entitled Big Chano: 25 & Alive.  Big Chano: 25 & Alive stretches back to […]

  • ‘Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs’ from ZZ Top

    ‘Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs’ from ZZ Top

    Good news for anyone looking to beef up their ZZ Top record collection. A followup to last year’s box set Cinco: The First Five LPs has been announced, and it’s called the only thing such an item could ever be called: Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs. Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs includes the five […]

  • ‘We Beefin?': A Mixtape from Wendy’s (Audio)

    ‘We Beefin?': A Mixtape from Wendy’s (Audio)

    You might be unaware of this, but fast food burger chain Wendy’s has cultivated a certain social media persona based largely on insulting its competitors and even sometimes its own customers. That’s the important but probably not vital context for We Beefin?, a very real hip hop mixtape put out by the restaurant. Wendy’s is not […]

  • ‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ by Andy Warhol to Sell for $30M

    ‘Double Elvis (Ferus Type)’ by Andy Warhol to Sell for $30M

    In the art world, pictures of Elvis are among the least respected, but Andy Warhol had and continues to have a knack for making the disreputable extremely reputable among art collectors and admirers. Take, for example, his life-sized portrait of the King of Rock and Roll in full Rio Bravo mode (but actually from a publicity shot […]

  • Songwriters Fonts: The Handwriting of Famous Songwriters, Now Downloadable

    Songwriters Fonts: The Handwriting of Famous Songwriters, Now Downloadable

    An underrated but still crucial part of the art of songwriting is the actual physical process of writing lyrics down on paper. Today this probably happens on computers and smartphones, but back in the day(s) famous songwriters like Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, and so on wrote what would become generation-defining lyrics in their […]

  • ‘The DAMN. Chronic’ Mixtape: Kendrick Lamar Meets Dr. Dre

    ‘The DAMN. Chronic’ Mixtape: Kendrick Lamar Meets Dr. Dre

    I recently revisited the classic 1993 album Doggystyle, and was struck by how brilliant it feels even after 25 years, and how much of that brilliance is owed to the studio expertise of Dr. Dre. I bring it up because DJ Critical Hype has come up with a new way to appreciate that expertise, and that of […]

  • “Framed”: New Eminem Music Video/Horror Movie (Video)

    “Framed”: New Eminem Music Video/Horror Movie (Video)

    Eminem’s latest album Revival seems to have come and gone without making too much of a splash, but the newly released video for its standout single “Framed” will probably get some extra attention. That’s because the video is basically a horror movie in miniature, starring Em as a psychotic killer who blacks out and goes into murderous […]