• Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    A.Dd Chronicle Their Nawfside Love on New Nawf EP

    Dallas 'Nawfsiders' Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, known together as A.Dd (pronounced 'ay-dee-dee'), have had the local hip-hop scene on lock for years now. Today, North Texas' favorite hip-hop duo will drop their first release since DiveHiFlyLo, a five-song EP titled Nawf. The project started co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Blue, the Misfit's Wild Hip-Hop Vision

    Blue, the Misfit and his Brain Gang crew are walking the streets of Deep Ellum like Dallas rap game's version of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. It's around 10 p.m. on a Friday and the street is buzzing with people, but this crew -- rolling eight deep with managers, collaborators and friends -- laugh a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas this Week, April 15-20

    There's a lot going on that you need to know about before we get hit with a weekend full of high holidays. Easter, 4/20 and Record Store Day are important and all, but that doesn't mean you should just stay in all week and wait. There's plenty of fun to be had in the meantime, with these 10 non-holi ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    11 Things That Need To Happen At My Funeral

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Fifteen Blues Artists to Watch in 2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    How Kanye West Changed the Message of His Yeezus Tour in Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul at Verizon Theatre: Review

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar - Verizon Theatre - June 13, 2013

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 9, 2013

    Compton Royalty

    A new documentary examines Venus and Serena’s rise from their upbringing in Southeast L.A.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2012

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Five Rap Albums That Changed the Game in 2012

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Kendrick Lamar - South Side Music Hall - 10/31/12

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The Seven Best Concerts In Dallas This Week

    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 >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Purple Hazed

    Pledge took beating, not oath, to become Omega Psi Phi.

  • Calendar

    August 11, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    The Story of N.W.A.'s "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and The First Time It Ever Earned Radio Airplay

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Watch: Trai'D -- "Popular (feat. Tyga)"

    Trai'D​We'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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Decadent Dub Team, Fracturing the Mash-Up

    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 >>

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    Yo Soy el Army

    Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2007

    Schutze Defends Kunkle, and That's No Crime

    On Tuesday, D magazine editor and publisher Wick Allison made invidious comparisons between Los Angeles police chief William Bratton and our own chief, David Kunkle. Based on his belief that L.A. crime rates have been plummeting while ours have not, Allison wrote on FrontBurner: "David Kunkle may b ... More >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Bring on the Backlash!

    The Arctic Monkeys kick it old school and rep for their hood. Seriously.

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    The Game

    The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit (Interscope)

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Rough Skies

    Larry Wansley--former Marine, cop and FBI agent--has his biggest task ahead of him: making American Airlines safe from terrorism

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Straight Outta Left Field

    The Dallas Morning News says N.W.A. was "militant." The real answer? N.O.

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Hop online

    Is Russell Simmons' the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    Summer suns and some aren't

    Going steady with the singles of the summer

  • News

    May 27, 1999

    Blood Vow

    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

  • Music

    January 28, 1999

    Hey, world

    On the Watts Prophets and the author's days in the Writers Workshop

  • News

    November 12, 1998

    Beat down

    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.

  • News

    June 5, 1997

    Don't you dare call it the 'Chitlin Circuit'

    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.

  • Music

    September 26, 1996
  • Music

    September 19, 1996

    The good fight

    Keb' Mo' makes the fat ladies get up and dance

  • Music

    January 25, 1996

    Dead man rapping

    "The D.O.C." returns with a new record and a score to settle

  • Music

    April 6, 1995

    Dour times

    Portishead creates a sad poetic sound that separates dreams from reality