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 >>
There's nothing like a music video to bring out the character in a song. Unfortunately, these days, music videos tend to be mostly the same, especially rap videos. Needless to say, it's refreshing when a clip comes along that is different and creative enough to grab and hold your attention. With tha ... More >>
There have been a countless number of girl groups throughout history, but there have been a select few who made such an undeniable impact on mainstream rock and pop like these ladies. Breaking gender barriers, they influenced countless other groups that followed and inspired a legion of young women ... More >>
Drug culture isn't relegated exclusively to rock, obviously. For its part, the rap game is equally loaded with drug references of all kinds, from Promethazine and DMT to LSD and PCP, and likewise addled with its own cautionary tales and fatalities. While there's nothing as concrete to suggest that d ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>
Perry's "Friday Night" is the next "Dirty Diana"?"Katy Perry breaks another record" -- how many times have we heard that this summer? Not enough, apparently. Perry, whose last two singles, "E.T." and "Firework" have both been certified 4x-platinum, may claim yet another chart record title wit ... More >>
Spring flowers bring sweet effin' jams!It's that time of year -- time to trade in those stinky wool sweaters for T-shirts and tanks. Time to toss off those boots, slip on your sandals and start prepping for the sunshine. Bust that picnic basket out of the basement, air out the old blanket and ... More >>
Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>
Modeselektor Body Language Vol. 8 Get Physical Music On Modeselektor's Body Language mix, the duo show an inventive and exciting approach to track selection and mixing. It's not easy to pull together a set that includes everything from Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes to Animal Collective, with ... More >>
The top tier of hip-hop dance is here to help.
Lady Sovereign tries to break the Brit hip-hop jinx.
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned Rockist ways.
Saturday, November 19, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.
A Son Unique (Def Jam)
The Cookbook (Atlantic)
It's Me Again (Goldmind/Atlantic)
DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Free Yourself (J Records) I Need an Angel (J Records)
The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam/Universal)
Legendary is relative, especially when it comes to the Amercan Music Auditions.
Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.
What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind.
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
Dangerously in Love (Columbia)
Pelecanos uses his crime fiction to address the plagues of inner-city life.
January 16, 2003
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Skyjack Radio briefly took over Denver radio -- and its pilots are eager to hit the airwaves again.
With an album full of freedom, pain and poetry, rapper Mystic proves that girls don't just want to have fun.
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.