Music

  • ‘uh huh honey': Kanye West’s Tweets, in Illustrated Book Form

    ‘uh huh honey': Kanye West’s Tweets, in Illustrated Book Form

    As you’ve undoubtedly heard, Kanye West is back on Twitter. Most of the attention he’s getting is based on his puzzling embrace of various niche right-wing cultural figures (a group that extends all the way up to President Donald Trump), but tucked away among the Scott Adams videos was a tweet about writing a book. Red […]

  • ‘Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy Center’ Released (Audio)

    ‘Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy Center’ Released (Audio)

    Four years ago, rapper Nas performed his classic record Illmatic at the Kennedy Center in New York to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary. It’s taken a while, but now Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy Center is getting a special edition vinyl release, as well as a free SoundCloud stream from Mass Appeal Records. Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy Center dropped […]

  • ‘The Sciences': Sleep’s First Album in 20 Years

    ‘The Sciences': Sleep’s First Album in 20 Years

    Stoner metal band Sleep released the genre’s definitive text in 1998, when Dopesmoker made its way to the world. Now, Sleep is back, with their first full-length release in 20 years. And naturally, The Sciences has come to us all on 4/20, when more people listen to Sleep than any other day of the year. I dunno what to […]

  • ‘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 […]