How To Survive A Music Festival

Music festivals are fun but, be warned: They can also be pretty taxing. After x days of spending x hours listening to x bands while making questionable life decisions, you might be riddled with looming regret. Why did I just do [unconscionable thing] in [a large, public place] while surrounded by [every variety of… » 4/17/15 3:13pm Yesterday 3:13pm

Rap City's Big Tigger On The Show's Best Freestyles

BET's now-defunct Rap City debuted in 1989 and lasted until 2008, making it the longest-running hip-hop TV show of all time. In its prime, the show was a perfect vehicle for rappers on the come-up and those who were already there. Recently, I talked to former host Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan about what made… » 4/15/15 3:09pm Wednesday 3:09pm

Listen To These 14 Great Rap Albums From 2015 

It's not even April yet, and it has already been an excellent year for new music. Like, shockingly excellent. Drake dropped an wonderful surprise album, while Kedrick Lamar unleashed his much-anticipated follow-up to 2012's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City. We also have the promise of new albums from Kanye, Rihanna, Ty Dolla… » 3/30/15 3:33pm 3/30/15 3:33pm

The Latest Run The Jewels Video Takes On Police Brutality

Every music video off Run The Jewels 2 has been so good and different. The new film for the Zack de la Rocha collab "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" doesn't deviate from that assessment, but it's heavy and a hell of a lot more real than the rest. It makes sense, considering the video deals directly with the very… » 3/26/15 3:02pm 3/26/15 3:02pm

Michael Jackson's Moonwalk Is Old Enough To Be Somebody's Ornery Dad 

This day in 1983 was the taping of the Motown 25 TV special. It was a great night, with performances from Stevie Wonder, a reunion for the Supremes, and a rare TV appearance from Marvin Gaye. But it was also an important night, because it was witness to a huge transformation. It was the first time Michael Jackson ever… » 3/25/15 5:35pm 3/25/15 5:35pm

RIP Kroll Show, The Meta Sketch Comedy TV Needed

Last night was the series finale of Nick Kroll's Comedy Central series, Kroll Show. It was short but sweet—just three seasons of sketch comedy television parody. It took us into the alternate TV Universe of Nick Kroll's weird brand of comedy. It was a cable TV universe that is much like the one that exists in reality,… » 3/25/15 2:40pm 3/25/15 2:40pm

Future Is The Hardest-Working Guy In Rap

Atlanta rapper Future hasn't slept much this year. He's put out three mixtapes since October, is currently working on another, and at this rate is Lil B-level prolific, but with more songs that actually make it in the pocket. You don't even have to like Future to appreciate the insanity of that level of output. » 3/23/15 5:34pm 3/23/15 5:34pm