It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>
Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality ... More >>
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 >>
SSION @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/16/12 SSION's Cody Critcheloe has this ability to bring out the teenage idolatry in his audience; from the clothes to the attitude, there's an energetic desire from his followers to be just like whatever incarnation of himself Critcheloe is wearing at that moment in time ... More >>
The first weekend of Coachella was cold, damp and wet. The second weekend of Coachella was hot, sultry, and steamy. This weekend meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, Jeff Mangum came to the aid of fan in distress and our West ... More >>
We must learn to take Nicki Minaj with a grain of salt. Haters have argued that she can't rap; her "Barbz" have argued that she redefined the genre. For barely a week now, Minaj managed to prove the latter: When Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded dropped last week, Minaj no longer had anything to prove; sh ... More >>
The wine world's practically been doing head spins over the past six months as notable hip-hop players Nelly, Drake, Kanye West, and even poor, misbegotten Lil Kim spit verses praising moscato, a fairly under-the-radar wine known by most as a sweet wine from Italy. It seems that a few vaunted membe ... 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 >>
Slap Shot 2: Number 28.The sports movie is rarely versatile: an outsider, or group of outsiders (wrong race, wrong gender, wrong species), have uncanny talent in their field, but the old guard (typically, white, old men), don't like the change the new person represents. So the rebels have to ... More >>
Sorry, folks. This Lil Kim baby gown is currently sold out.Oh, Etsy.com. You're like the website version of that overly supportive hippie school where everything everyone creates is great, because art is you and you are art, or whatever. Luckily for us realists, there's Regretsy.com, a ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Word," recounts the creation of The Anthology of Rap, the scholarly catalogue of rap lyrics co-edited by CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley. The story details the challenge of figuring what, exactly, all those rappers are saying. A few of the quarter-of-a-million word ... More >>
Ah, Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G. There hasn't been -- and as long as hip-hop is a genre, won't be -- a quiet passing of March 9. Similar to when Buddy Holly took the fateful flight that inspired a nation to observe the day the music died, the day Biggie Smalls was slain is fo ... More >>
Last month, Yale University Press released The Anthology of Rap, an exhaustive compendium of rap lyrics edited by CU professor Adam Bradley and his colleague Andrew DuBois. Although the book has been praised by some admitted outsiders, it has also been subjected to scrutiny by various hip-h ... More >>
Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation follow ... More >>
Royce Da 5'9" remembers that new mom smellThe lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new and inventive ways to be inane. They found great success in ... More >>
The best rapper ever? Vibe readers think so. LOCALS ONLY Metropolitan State College of Denver’s radio station, MetRadio, has been around over a decade, and according to Colorado emcee D.O. it has barely featured any hip-hop. He’s looking to change that, by launching a hip-hop show called “B ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY Rie-Rie is one of the very few female rappers in the Colorado hip-hop scene and among even fewer who consistently puts out albums. In 2008, Rie Rie is trying to do it even bigger by releasing two albums at the same time. One of them, Ms. 5280, is a straight up solo project that features ... More >>
In the fall of 2006, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. - aka Jeff Campbell -- left Denver for San Francisco with his crew, Heavyweight Dub Champion, with hopes of making a bigger splash outside the Mile High City. Fast forward to spring 2008, Apostle is no longer working with Heavyweight Dub Champion and released his ... More >>
NBA All-Star Weekend
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Sunday, September 5, the Church, 303-832-3528.
The cast of Starz Cabaret is ready for fun.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Denver native Ted Bettridge finds inspiration in L.A.
Peaches is the toast of the fashion world, and she doesn't even shave her armpits. Say hello to the Madonna of the porn generation.
Nikka Costa has a big, funky voice and a great butt. Which will you notice first?
With the help of friends in high places, Groove Armada's ship has come in.
Still I Rise
The Notorious B.I.G.
Methods of Mayhem
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.
Denver's Gary Givant has been DJing since the Seventies--and he's still going strong.
We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?