Cash Money Records, the label founded by Bryan "Baby/Birdman" Williams in 1991, rose to prominence in the hip-hop scene with its signing of the Hot Boys, consisting of B.G., Young Turk, Lil' Wayne and Juvenile. Since then, the group has become one of rap's premier labels, having piggybacked Lil Wayn ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
otterbox.com The Consumer Electronics Show, that yearly technology bacchanal, kicks off today in Las Vegas. It's an orgy of smartphones, tablets, Justin Bieber and ... gospel singers belting out tweets? You better believe it. A host of Colorado companies are there, showing and telling and (ho ... More >>
Carmelo Anthony is gone, and the most dragged-out sports breakup in recent memory is finally over. As we understand it, the terms of the trade include every team in the NBA swapping players back and forth randomly until David Stern turns off the music and everyone scrambles for a chair. Or so ... More >>
Yesterday, while Lil Wayne was presumably not diligently monitoring his Twitter account, it was compromised by an unknown Tweeter. Surely the Internet break-in sucked for Weezy once he was alerted, but the bigger problem lay in followers' laps: The faux LilTunechi was a blathering idiot, subj ... More >>
Gucci Mane went straight from the psych ward to the tattoo parlor and came away with the confusing mess you see to the right. Lots of people have suggested this is a clear indication he got out a bit too soon, but does this really seem like exceptionally, uncontrollably rash behavior? He may ... More >>
The concept behind The Hood Internet's work is pretty simple: Create unlikely combinations of current tracks by a variety of artists, and let the newly birthed song ride out. Less ADD-like than a lot of mash-up creationists, The Hood Internet DJ duo simply builds a sonic space where R. Kelly ... More >>
Neck tat! Westword cover-boy (cover-turkey?) Chris "Birdman" Andersen has a badass new neck tattoo. It's so badass that it inspired us to post this photo gallery showcasing the Birdman's gratuitous ink, as well as several smiling children and one scantily clad woman. But not everyone likes t ... More >>
Lil Wayne (aka Lil Tunechi, Weezy, Bird Man Jr., Mr. Carter) -- Thank god you're finally free! It has felt like a decade has passed in the pop world since you've been at Rikers. The Black Eyed Peas/Will.I.Am reign of Billboard terror has continued, most recently enveloping one of your own. And ... More >>
Eric Gruneisen DRAKE With Tyga 11.02.10 | Wells Fargo Theatre It seems Tyga -- last night's opener -- got the memo: Donning a puffy vest in Colorado makes you automatically likeable. We have braved decades of trends in those things, and nothing makes you look native quite like sleeveless bo ... More >>
Over the past decade, Weezer has become more and more ridiculous, from its songwriting to its performances (Kenny G, seriously?). And now you can add its album cover art to the running tally of ridiculousness: See the snapshot Jorge Garcia here, the actor who played Hurley on Lost? This is ... More >>
Thursday, July 22, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
R. Kelly's ninth album Untitled, released last week on Jive, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending December 6. New-Orleans-based rapper Juvenile came in second with his latest effort, Cocky and Confident, while Birdman's Priceless took the third slot. 50 Cent's Before I ... More >>
The blogosphere is our sanctuary. The Denver housing market is rebounding like Jessica Simpson. (That is, if you consider Colt Brennan a solid rebound). (5280) This is sort of meta, but: Melanie Asmar hits the radio to talk about last week's cover story on Medicaid cuts. Go, girl! (Colorad ... More >>
Photo by Autumn DeWildeDoug Martsch, foreground, and the rest of Built to Spill. Doug Martsch, whose band, Built to Spill, headlines this year's Westword Music Showcase on June 12 (click here for more details), is a rarity -- a indie-rock musician who signed to a major label in the mid-'90s who's s ... More >>
The quartet behind Olivea. Under whatever circumstances. Today in Cafe Society: • Olivea opening May 4. • Dos Casas at Lola tonight. • Jet's Pizza Republica ready for takeoff. • Delicious Designs: Eat this restaurant, part four. • Senor Rita's is no mas. Today in Backbeat Online: • Th ... More >>
The JabbaWockeeZ unmasked. Three representatives of the Denver Nuggets took part in NBA's All-Star Weekend, with varying degrees of success. J.R. Smith didn't embarrass himself during the Slam Dunk competition, as Chris "The Birdman" Anderson did a few years ago as a member of the New Orleans Horne ... More >>
Vett Capone has steered his custom-car business from lowriders to a new high.
Sunday, July 3, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007
Not So Melo Fellows
February 19, 2004
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
George and Caplin
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.