In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>
For his latest project, Left Lane Music Vol. 1, DJ Ktone pulled together a slew of different rappers with different styles. Featuring the likes of Tone Skarfo, Mr. Midas, FOE and Aires Jackson, among others, the first installment of the comp and its planned followup (due out sometime in the first qu ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A pair of new October dates have Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden and Bush at the 1STBANK Center, with Chevelle and Filter, while November brings Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Fillmore. On local radio, Air Dubai, Le Divorce, Bop Skizzum and Signal Path ... More >>
[via Flickr]Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>
Last night, Big Boi and his new label Def Jam hosted a listening party for the long-awaited Sir Luscious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty. The main purpose of the party was to officially release the album's first single, "Shutterbugg," which, as you can hear above, is pretty great. But in the half-ho ... More >>
‚ÄčLoso's Way, the new disc by Fabolous released last week on Def Jam, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records and knocked down Twista's Category F5 to the second slot for the week ending August 2. Eminem's Relapse continues a long run on Independent's top ten and nabbed the third slot while Je ... More >>
Monday, May 18, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Rick Ross's new album, Deeper Than Rap, released last week on Def Jam, topped Independent's best seller list for the week ending April 26. Asher Roth's new disc, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, grabbed the second spot while the Dream, UGK and Jadakiss rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown afte ... More >>
Denver Nuggets DJ and 107.1 FM mixmaster, DJ Bedz, pulled some strings with his colleagues at Def Jam Records to get an NBA Playoff anthem from artist Ace Hood for the Nuggets' playoff run. The track is called "Overtime" and features T-Pain and Akon. While it's already a radio hit nationwide, the Nu ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>
Itís business as usual for the Photo Atlas, however things shake out with the band's label.
Wednesday, April 25, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Our music writers pick the yearís national bests.
This rapperís new album is finally about to drop. What took so long?
Lady Sovereign tries to break the Brit hip-hop jinx.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Monday, July 17, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
The Bronx fights physics.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Friday, May 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Sunday, April 24, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Russell's next jam may not be as def as expected.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Yo, yo: The Hip-Hop Summit is coming to town. We hope.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Slayer hasn't stopped giving the devil his due.
Primus, The Go, At the Drive In, Method Man/Redman