Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he 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 hap ... More >>
Every generation has an underground music scene that only an elite group of fans and the NSA know of. In the '60s, psychedelic music, for example, exploded onto the hippies' counterculture scene with music by The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. (And let's not forget the Velvet Undergroun ... More >>
A foreboding, shadowy and sinister figure lurks at the edge of an enormous white mountain top. Buzzing synths permeate the arena, and the masked man of the hour saunters below. "Hold My Liquor," one of the standout tracks of Kanye West's most recent album, stirs over the ravenous crowd. He performs ... More >>
Chuck D says knock you out. The Kings of the Mic Tour has repeatedly been compared to a big classic rock arena show - old timers busting out riffs familiar to a graying crowd. But that's the wrong comparison. The Kings of the Mic Tour is more like if Chuck Berry went on tour with Elvis Presley, Lit ... More >>
Remember last Halloween when Kendrick Lamar played Southside Music Hall just nine days after his critically acclaimed major label debut dropped? Well, If you were lucky enough to attend, you'll probably tell your grandkids about it one day. The era of catching Kendrick in intimate venues is official ... More >>
A new documentary examines Venus and Serena’s rise from their upbringing in Southeast L.A.
10. The Idea of Beautiful, Rapsody The black mamba of super producer 9th Wonder's Jamla Records team reached a new pinnacle in her career, and in her evolution as an artist this year. Sprinkled with collaborations from Big Remo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Childish Gambino, Rapsody takes us on a journey ... More >>
Before the storm of best of lists start hitting the blogs, I wanted to take a second to put aside the artistic merit aspect of the year in review, and take a look at what happened in the cultural landscape of rap music. Some of these albums were really good, some of them were really not, but all of ... More >>
Kendrick Lamar, -topic, Dustin Cavazos South Side Music Hall Wednesday, October 31 Thanks to Scoremore and AEG, Dallas rap fans are currently having one of the best Halloweens ever. By the time candy prices are marked down again, our city will have seen Nas with Lauryn Hill, Asher Roth and the A$AP ... More >>
Nas and Lauryn Hill Monday, October 29, at the Palladium Ballroom, $54.75 This pairing is an inspired one, and especially notable for fans of Lauryn Hill, who have been wondering where the follow-up to 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been hiding. That (hopefully) comes with the release of ... More >>
Pledge took beating, not oath, to become Omega Psi Phi.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood, the film that, in many ways, put the tragic world of Los Angeles street culture into our nation's collective consciousness. Really, it's a point relative to nothing other than the fact that it might make a few of us feel old. A ... More >>
Trai'DWe've been following the efforts of Dallas rapper Trai'D for some time now -- since the summer of 2009, even, when he first caught our ears with his summer-loving jam "Summertime" and followed that single up with his local radio-enjoyed "Gutta Bitch."These days, though, the G4 Muzik-affilia ... More >>
DDTers Jason Wolford, EZ Eddie D and Jeff Liles The puke green exterior made the Mitchell Building in Deep Ellum look like a frightening industrial shop of horrors. Far from being accidental, that's by design -- the place was actually a weapons manufacturing facility during Word War II.In the ear ... More >>
Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino
The Arctic Monkeys kick it old school and rep for their hood. Seriously.
The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit (Interscope)
Larry Wansley--former Marine, cop and FBI agent--has his biggest task ahead of him: making American Airlines safe from terrorism
The Dallas Morning News says N.W.A. was "militant." The real answer? N.O.
Is Russell Simmons' 360HipHop.com the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?
Going steady with the singles of the summer
When investigators uncovered the bodies of a Dallas mother and her young son in a makeshift Oklahoma grave, FBI agent Tase Bailey swore to bring the killer to justice
On the Watts Prophets and the author's days in the Writers Workshop
Dallas' hip-hop scene is more vital than ever, but you'd never know it: no clubs, no radio, no major-label deals. But the musicians, some of this city's best, refuse to give up.
With their sequined dancers, cardboard characters, and savage beauty-shop banter, Shelly Garrett's comedy plays don't get any respect from critics. But black Dallas knows better.
Keb' Mo' makes the fat ladies get up and dance
"The D.O.C." returns with a new record and a score to settle
Portishead creates a sad poetic sound that separates dreams from reality