In his weekly column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Earlier this week, I went to the funeral of a person that I cared about. While I am of course happy that he will get to spend the re ... More >>
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 >>
MACKLEMORE @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/6/12 All Macklemore has to do is pose dramatically to induce the same frenzied reaction from an audience that a slightly lesser MC would draw with their signature song. Granted, a very sizable portion of his Denver audience comprised easily riled high school girls, t ... More >>
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 >>
Reality Check (Atlantic)
R.U.L.E. (Def Jam/The Inc. Records)
Crunktoberfest, Thursday, October 14, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
An FCC crackdown has radio stations on high alert.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.