Swizz Beatz

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane

    Today's election marks a potentially monumental day for our state. With Amendment 64 on the ballot, Colorado is on the cusp of being the first state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In honor of what could be a historic moment in the legislative annals of the Centennial State, we've compiled ten o ... More >>

  • Music

    April 28, 2011
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    March 11, 2011

    JLo's "On The Floor" vs. Diddy's "Ass On The Floor"

    ​American Idol reunited JLo and Diddy last night, when the latter came to perform on the show now judged by the former. In case you need a refresher, the two had a very public, very volatile relationship ten years ago.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Split Decision: Kanye West, young man. Or not.

    ​Kanye West is about as polarizing a figure as there is these days. The mere mention of his name inspires a variety of reactions, everything from exasperated eye rolls to passionate rants or equally passionate raves girded with an apologetic undertone for all of his often inexplicably brazen b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Kanye West's SNL performance and a collection of everything else he's been up to

    Kanye West has been busy the past couple of months making everyone else in music look lazy. Not only did he perform on Saturday Night Live over the weekend with two of the best musical performances we've seen in a while, but he's also been dropping free MP3s in a series called "G.O.O.D. Fridays." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    American Tomahawk, Chromeo, Black Milk fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Shira Girl's namesake on friends she made crashing the Warped Tour and being a role model for your young women

    Acting on impulse is a great way to succeed. Shira is an answers-first-figure-out-the-questions-later type of lady who know this all too well. Some years ago, she and her band decided they wanted to play The Warped Tour. Rather than sitting around waiting for an acceptance letter, ShiraGirl brazen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Henry Butler and More

    Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) As noted in a 2006 Westword profile, Henry Butler once owned a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure and pretty much everything else in it. Somehow, though, a number of live recordings he made over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    What is the Sound of Color?

    The Sound of Color isn't your usual ad campaign. It doesn’t feature the company’s product, a slogan or even its name. It’s not on TV, radio or in newspapers and magazines. In fact, if you didn’t know that Sound of Color, the brainchild of Denver-based film and video production company Rehab, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Prinzhorn Dance School and More

    Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2006


    Pac's Life

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    The Game

    Doctor¹s Advocate

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    September 21, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    May 25, 2006

    Ice Cube

    Thursday, May 25, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    May 27, 2004


    Split Personality (J Records/Full Surface)

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Up With People

    The People Under the Stairs question hip-hop's answers.