August 6, 2009 |
Two of L.A.'s most significant summer hip-hop shows are on the same day this year, leaving fans to choose between Rock the Bells and Power 106's Powerhouse 09 on Saturday. While this means that Los Angeles remains something of a mecca for top-flight live hip-hop in America, it also illustrates that the genre has competing visions for its relevance, and that booking a rap festival is only slightly less logistically complex than planning a moon landing.
February 3, 2011
The Grammy Museum's new exhibit "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey," based on a large-format photography book of the same name, explores the genre's four-decade history in the United States and its effect on the world. Through interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, visitors will get a taste of what made the first pioneering moments from such auteurs as Grandmaster Flash so appealing. Highlights include handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J's trademark Kangol hat, the Run-DMC leather jacket and pants worn during the "Walk This Way" performance with Aerosmith and a hip-hop sneaker gallery.
September 6, 2012 |
The most profitable man in hip-hop hasn't released a solo album since 1999. But as anyone who follows the record business knows today, the real racket is in corporate partnerships and investments, and that's what vaulted the producer Dr. Dre to the top of Forbes' hip-hop earners list . Dre hauled in $110 million before taxes in 2011, the vast majority of it coming from a $300-million investment in his Beats by Dre company by the telephone-tech company...
August 30, 2012 |
Chris Lighty, the manager of prominent hip-hop artists including 50 Cent, Diddy and Mariah Carey , died Thursday morning in New York in an apparent suicide, police sources say. He was 44. Lighty, who died of what police sources say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside his Bronx apartment, reportedly after an argument with his ex-wife, Veronica. The two divorced last year. According to various reports and law enforcement sources, Lighty also owed significant debts to the IRS, totaling near $5 million.
August 27, 2012 |
Say what you want about Jerry Jones -- he's a great team owner, he meddles too much in the Dallas Cowboys coaches' business, he spent way too much on that palace of a stadium, he built one heck of an amazing stadium ... whatever you want. Just don't say he's a good rapper. Please. I beg of you. Even if you're joking. We don't want to encourage more commercials like the Papa John's spot above. The advertisement is a follow-up to what was apparently a successful Papa John's bit featuring Jones, or at least his likeness, break dancing . But this hip-hop commercial is Jones all the way. After all, if they were going to fake it, you'd think they'd get someone with at least a little rhythm.
January 30, 2013 |
When first generation rapper Doug E. Fresh, former Roots beatmaker Rahzel or "Yo Gabba Gabba" rapper Biz Markie learned to mimic a hip-hop rhythm using only their voices, chances were they had little idea what they were actually doing with their mouths. "Beatboxing,” as it came to be known, includes laryngeal lowering and lingual retraction, labial approximation, velic raising (to seal the nasopharynx off from the oral vocal tract, of course) and rapid raising of the tongue dorsal.