• Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The ten best family-friendly rap albums

    Although lot of rap these days is riddled with violence, misogyny and profanity, there's still plenty of clean rhymes out there to be rocked by the entire family, should you be so inclined. And it all comes worry-free of the ill-effect it might have on impressionable minds, and some of it even ranks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The ten best mixtapes DJs of all time

    Over the last decade or so, mixtapes have revolutionized the rap game and altered how marketing in general is approached. Not only have the rappers received substantial acclaim, but the DJs have realized just as much stardom. Although there are numerous DJs -- guys like Statik Selektah, Trap-A-Holic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    The Killers at 1STBANK, the Wallflowers at the Ogden, Nas and NOFX at the Fillmore

    If you thought last week's new show announcements were killer, brace yourself. This week's show is just as killer, er make that Killers. After being missing in action for the past couple of years, the Las Vegas quartet is making its triumphant return this November at the 1STBANK Center in support of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Meet Jomeezius the Genius, and get to know the big personality behind the Guy Fawkes mask

    During beat battles, the mysterious man in the Guy Fawkes mask sometimes brazenly introduces himself by announcing, "My name is Jomeezius the Genius...and I'm not like these motherfuckers," just before winning over the complete adoration of the crowd by blending Nicki Minaj with the "Imperial March" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Lady Gaga be damned: Top five "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies of all time

    ​Earlier this week, Lady Gaga reportedly refused permission to "Weird Al" Yankovic to release a parody of her new single, "Born This Way," called "Perform This Way." Upset, but well-aware of his right, Yankovic released the song anyway. Turns out, Lady Gaga actually loves "Weird Al" and is pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Mane Rok delves deeper into The Ugly Truth

    ​Mane Rok's latest album, The Ugly Truth, which dropped last summer, is chock full of thought-provoking lyrics delivered with the MC's typical vitality. While each track stood out on its own, production and performance-wise, one joint in particular, the Ichiban produced, police brutality-centr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Twitter patter, so much chitter chatter: Cats could learn a thing or two from Chamillionaire

    ​There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Meet the judges of the 2010 Westword Web Awards

    ​Pardon this interruption in headlines: We're happy to announce the judges of our 2010 Westword Web Awards. If you haven't nominated your favorite Facebooking restaurant, web start-up or Twittering bartender for the Westword Web Awards yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Joe Thunder on Lazy Sundays and the idea of local hip acts grinding until they can't be denied

    Anya Strauss​Joe Thunder is not a DJ. Nor is he an MC. Just the same, he's a widely recognizable figure in the local hip-hop scene, and he's equally as well regarded as those who are making the music. A tireless champion of Colorado hip-hop, Joe has been doing everything he can to help culti ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010
  • Music

    July 29, 2010

    "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Thursday, July 29, Paramount Theatre, 303-623-0106.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Bedz

    Michael Martin​Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with Kid Hum

    ​Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Frank E: The takeover continues with Madonna, Lil Wayne and Toni Braxton

    ​We never cease to be impressed with the strides that Colorado producer Frank E continues to make. It's like nonstop! And although he's been producing hits for a nice range of hip-hop artists like Chamillionaire, Plies, T-Pain and Flo-Rida, he's doing the pop thing too. Two singles from pop supers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Frank E constructs another hit: Chamillionaire's "Good Morning"

    ​Just last week, the one and only Madonna announced that she was working with Colorado hip-hop producer Frank E on her upcoming greatest hits package. Before the ink is even dry on that post we've received word that Frank E has dropped another bomb hit for the masses. This time, he connected with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    (hed) p.e.'s New World Orphans tops Independent Records' top sellers

    (hed) p.e.'s concets in Denver and Colorado Springs last week must've fueled sales of the band's latest album, New World Orphans, which was released January 13, on Suburban Noize Records. Kanye West and Ludacris also made strong showings, as did the Notorious soundtrack, which features cuts by Jay-Z ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008
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    December 7, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Pimp C Dies, Spice 1 Shot, Lauryn Hill Still a Pain in the Ass

    For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Al Right Now

    Is "Weird Al" Yankovic an American pop genius?

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2006

    Shaul in the Family

    June 10's KS-107.5 Summer Jam at Coors Amphitheatre was not for the linguistically sensitive. F-bombs went off more frequently than Iraq IEDs during the hip-hop festival, with headliner Snoop Dogg certainly holding up his end. The D-O-Double-G's most frequent call-and-response chant was "Hell mother ... More >>