Born Joshua Davis, DJ Shadow made great waves with his first proper album, 1996's Endtroducing, which has been lauded as the first album made up entirely by samples. By then, he'd already made a name for himself as a producer with some singles and production work out on Mo' Wax Records, and with Ent ... More >>
Mary J. Blige has the same pain and grit in her voice of having lived a very full life as artists like Billie Holliday, Etta James and others. For a burgeoning hip-hop generation, Blige's voice and signature style of taking a hip-hop beat and adding her soulful vibe to it so changed the sound of mus ... More >>
Rihanna in "We Found Love"In less than a week (four days, to be exact), Rihanna has racked up over eight million views with her "We Found Love" video. And deservedly so. The song is catchy as hell, and the video, like the others the pop star has produced recently, is thought provoking. Rihann ... More >>
Boyz II Men (due this Monday, September 5 at the Taste of Colorado) is the best selling R&B group of all time. Having sold over sixty million albums worldwide and continuing to tour consistently, even during the group's more recent down years, the crooning fellas from Philly have enjoyed the type of ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
20 Y.O. (Virgin)
Damita Jo (Virgin Records)
Confessions (Arista Records)
Rapper Dannell McNeil takes a chance with his own record label and a new album.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE'S PHILIP BAILEY RETURNS TO HIS HOMETOWN EAGER TO TURN YOUR FROWN UPSIDE DOWN.