New Zealand production duo Mt. Eden (AKA Harley Rayner and Jesse Cooper) are perfectly emblematic of the sensational overnight success today's young EDM stars enjoy thanks to viral online exposure. Take 2009 breakthrough hit, "Sierra Leone," which received tens of millions of YouTube views before i ... More >>
TenDJiz is a Russian-born producer and engineer in Miami on an Extraordinary Ability in the Arts visa. He owns a studio on Miami Beach, and he's the mastermind behind an awesome mixtape series that mashes Soviet jazz instrumentals with American hip-hop. The first two releases were De La Soulviet, ... More >>
Did you guys just feel that rip in the space-time continuum? Literally the two shittiest musical artists of all time, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne, are in the studio, making an album together. These two Canadian hacks are combining their talents as the world's most-hated musicians t ... More >>
Atmosphere's MC Slug knows what to do when life hands you lemons.The sensitive MC has always been a rare figure in hip-hop. While the early 2000s did see a spike in "politically conscious" backpack rappers like Talib Kweli and Mos Def (both of whom took a page from Common's socio-empathetic rhy ... More >>
We all know hip-hop was better back in the day (namely the mid '90s) before MCs and beatmakers-for-hire became obsessed with their cellphones and started writing ringtones instead of blratt-blratt rap tracks. Thankfully, the Rock the Bells Festival Series is hustling hard to preserve the days - ... More >>
Artist's TwitterCommon sure doesn't look like a thug.Fox News' Sean Hannity dedicated 10-minutes of his program last night to shit on Common, and criticize Michelle Obama for inviting the "controversial rapper and poet" to her White House Poetry Night. In typical "fair and balanced" fashion, ... More >>
Between Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Fergie, the Miami Dolphins owners' box has more musical talent than a Now! That's What I Call Music CD. In fact, besides Stephen Ross and Wayne Huizenga, the Williams sisters are the only "owners" without a musical connection. Apparently, ... More >>
Photo by Liana Lozada On Wednesday, February 9, FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus got a little taste of Chicago rapper and actor Common. The speaking engagement was titled "The Effects of Hip-Hop on Modern Society." But it took the form of a motivational speech on achieving individual greatness. Common ... More >>
via twitter.com/commonChicago native Common (AKA Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jr.) has often been dubbed "hip-hop's Renaissance Man." His socially conscious music has won him Grammys, been utilized by Barack Obama, and survived the phases of an often fickle music industry. Buddy's acting chops aren't to ... More >>
John Legend and The Roots are each talented in their own right, and they've teamed up for a collaborative album called Wake Up! to be released next Tuesday. The album is a funky 70's soul throwback, and takes direction from legends like Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone. Special guest collaborators i ... More >>
South Florida hip-hop fans should set aside the last week in May for shows on back-to-back nights featuring two seasoned rhymers who still have that creative hunger.Murs hits Culture Room on May 28, and K-os makes a stop at Revolution on May 29. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
Forget what it says on the marquee -- the venue is undoubtedly Amerykahn Airlines Arena when queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu's in town. The striking singer, recognizable by her beehive headgear and enormous Afro wigs, is touring in support of the freshly released New Amerykah Part Two (Return of th ... More >>
We gotta feeling it's going to a jam-packed music weekend.So it's coming: a giant tsunami of NFL athletes, super fans, and über-celebrities that's about to engulf the magic city with over-the-top poolside parties and non-stop open bar access. And as much as Super Bowl XLIV weekend is all about t ... More >>
"Hip-Roc" rapper JK Citizen has a message "We tryina bring back music, we trying take it to a different level." You may have seen his "Rock The Vote" video on YouTube, over 150,000 people have, but JK Citizen is just getting started.After the jump, see the transcript of the Crossfade interview.
Photo by Jonas Grabarnick/The Opium GroupSomeone whispered "Common's around the corner" into my ear and disappeared into the winsome mob at Louis. I had been so thrown off by the sensation of an 18th century soldier sweeping party debris across my feet, I hadn't even realized that I had wandered int ... More >>
Q-Tip re-emerges with his first solo record in nine years.
The smooth MC celebrates his album-release party.
The MC-turned-actor looks to the movie biz to expand his musical freedom.
Rising Down (Def Jam)
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Biz Markie splash down at the Shelborne Hotel's Sunday pool party.
Fat Joe returns with The Elephant in the Room.
Finding Forever (Geffen)
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4 (7 Grand)
Peanut Butter Wolf's return is overshadowed by Jay Dee's death
Talib Kweli talks about the state of hip-hop
The Minstrel Show (Atlantic)
Our annual nonscientific tip sheet for WMC/M3's breakout tracks
Singles (Prelude to the Future) (K7)
Dead Prez battles record companies and the white power structure
With the FBI in pursuit, black activist Nehanda Abiodun a decade ago fled to Cuba, where she still dreams of fomenting a socialist revolution in the United States