Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger are the two Germans behind Booka Shade (which plays Beta on June 21). The group, in its latest iteration (it played briefly in the '90s as well), has developed a sort of cult following in the American EDM market. Its sound is different from much of the mainstream ... More >>
1. 2 Chainz - Birthday Song "She got a big booty, so I call her Big Booty." Don't freak. We're just kidding. Every year, people say hip-hop is dead, but every year it keeps expanding -- commercially, sonically. thematically -- pretty much in every way imaginable. Although the radio may lead you to ... More >>
Forget Lil Kim. At this point in her career, Nicki Minaj's only enemy is herself and "Super Bass." That track, which catapulted Minaj into a mainstream as cross-genre artist and onto the iPods of Taylor Swift fans everywhere, will be her "Lose Yourself" -- the song that defines Minaj's career until ... More >>
Years ago in an interview with BET, rapper Jadakiss was asked the age old question: Why do you rap? He answered, with shrewd honesty, for the money. Innerstate Ike (aka Michael Hope) works under that same premise. A Coloradan to the core, Ike makes music specifically for the streets and for ... More >>
Ever since, let’s say 1968, people in the music world have just loved talking about DIY – Do It Yourself. If you use the term in the UK, people will think you’re talking about home improvement projects, but here in the colonies, that phrase carries a deep, complex and emotionally hefty connota ... More >>
From the week of November 18, 2004
Twenty-four hours inside Denver radio: A survivor's story.
Okayplayer.com is more than just a website. For some, it's a way of life.
Ten years in and two MCs deep, Hilltop Klick aims for a higher state.
Good question. Try these answers on for size.
Jim Carrey has double the fun in Me, Myself & Irene.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Better ways to spend your holiday cash than an evening with Neil Diamond.
On its new long-player, Helium gets ethereal.
Meet Bill McCartney's good buddy, golfing pal and spiritual partner: Pastor James Ryle.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Cabaret Diosa.
TINY P.J. HARVEY HAS A MIGHTY BIG TALENT.