October 16, 2013 |
There's one thing that took a major backseat on the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards: actual awards. The telecast, which aired Tuesday, didn't parcel out many trophies during its two-hour telecast. Instead most of the night was dedicated to live performances from a gamut of acts including Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Future, Rick Ross and the always hotly anticipated cyphers. For those who missed the telecast, and all of the chatter that dominated Twitter throughout the night, we tuned in and kept a running tab of all the moments that wowed, delivered a head scratch or made for a great, and likely profane quotable.
October 10, 2013 |
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
October 2, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus spent a good portion of her adolescence playing two people on a television show, so it makes sense that her new album has something like a split personality. "Bangerz" is the fourth studio disc by the former star of the Disney Channel's hugely successful "Hannah Montana," which if you don't remember, featured Cyrus - the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus - as both a normal teenager and her pop-star alter ego. But if Cyrus at 20 is already an old hand at making records, she's new to the experience of calling her own shots, and on her first project since exiting the House of Mouse she appears determined to break in that license - at least when she's not second-guessing its powers.
September 24, 2013 |
If it's true, as some have suggested, that rapper and singer Drake is the musical voice of his generation, one statistic on his new album is instructive: Through 13 tracks over the course of an hour, the platinum rapper mentions himself nearly 500 times. This third volume, called "Nothing Was the Same," sees the Toronto hip-hop superstar, 26, offering thoughts on his day-to-day, the spoils of his riches, his girls and his bitches (but seldom his ladies or women), his dad, his mom, his success and his isolation.
September 9, 2013 |
The hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off its 10th anniversary run Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, and to celebrate the landmark event, organizers called upon some unlikely guests. The late rappers Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard materialized in hologram-like form over the weekend, joining a lineup of more than 60 acts on a bill that included veterans and newcomers such as Common, Jurassic 5, J. Cole and Kid Cudi. FOR THE RECORD: Rock the Bells: In the Sept.
August 15, 2013 |
Michelle Obama's latest attempt to promote her anti-childhood obesity campaign? A hip-hop album release. No, she won't be rapping. But she will be popping up in cameos for the album's music videos. The album, “Songs for a Healthier America,” will be produced by FLOTUS' Partnership for a Healthier America and the Hip Hop Public Health Foundation. With 19 songs, the record features hip-hop vets including Ashanti, DMC and Arti Green. The album's tracks are literally about food, with titles such as “We Like Vegetables,” “U R What You Eat” and “Veggie Luv.” Lucky little students in New York City schools will be the first to see the effort's 10 music videos, before they are circulated to a wider audience.