The most popular rapper to have ever come from North Texas is one Robert Matthew Van Winkle. You probably know him as Vanilla Ice. This is nothing short of equal parts silly and embarrassing. Vanilla Ice is the Psy of the '90s and "Ice Ice Baby" is hands down the "Gangham Style" of those times. Drop ... More >>
Characteristically, Mad Men bleeds hip-hop. On the surface you may think, "Of course it does, the characters smoke a lot, they drink like there's no tomorrow, and to them sex is more casual than a handshake." And while that's part of the story, it's a little bit deeper than that. Skydiving into its ... More >>
Yesterday we unleashed the beast of information that is Justin Timberlake coming to town. For those of you who are fans and who haven't yet heard, commence pants-shitting. Now on to other business! Let's not forget about Alpha Rev, Devin the Dude and more; specifically Josh Groban, who has been keep ... More >>
Best Texas songs, #100-80 The Spotify playlist for songs #79-60 79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9" From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably t ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
In case you're already blinded by the golden aura of 2012's major releases -- The Shins, T.I., Soundgarden, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Sigur Ros -- we want to make sure you don't forget about some other sure-to-be-top-notch albums that will see release next year. They may not shine on the iT ... More >>
That two-year-old listening to KKDA-104.5 FM K104 in Dallas (local tie!) in the clip above is cooler than all of us. But we've got some cool news to share about some artists with local ties -- among them Erykah Badu, ZZ Top, Kelly Clarkson, [Daryl], Teenage Cool Kids and Big hud -- so that's a start ... More >>
In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure. And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The ... More >>
Erykah Badu and The D.O.C. In last week's print edition, we ran a piece by noted hip-hop scribe/LA Weekly music editor/longtime Observer contributor Ben Westhoff that plays catch-up The D.O.C., perhaps Dallas' greatest hip-hop export -- and greatest hip-hop curio -- of all-time. It was a great pi ... More >>
Every few years, we all hear songs about California that define that state for a few years until the next. Back in the '90s, it was Tupac and Dr. Dre's "California Love." Last decade, it was "California" by Phantom Planet. Hell, there is a laundry list of iconic songs about the state.Katy Perry's ... More >>
Friday, May 28, at the Granada Theater
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *According to my very unscientific research conducted on this very blog over the last two years, the most sensitive, whiny, irrational folks on Earth are: 1. Ticket P1s; 2. Right-wing Republicans; ... More >>
Thursday, June 12, at The Loft
Cheer up, Big Tuck -- you're in Vibe! In case you missed this when it appeared on DC-9 at Night yesterday, Jeff Liles has posted to the original item some thoughts about Dallas' musical standing elsewhere. And, he has a question for our Friends. The latest issue of Vibe, which isn't online, has a ... More >>
Cheer up, Big Tuck -- you're in Vibe!The latest issue of Vibe, which isn't online, has a regional round-up of hip-hop's most happenin' scenes -- and Dallas is included. But it's good news-bad news stuff -- isn't it always when Vanilla Ice crops up in the second freakin' graf of a short, short piece ... More >>
Saggy pants reveal much more than underwear
Colleyville's the Rocket Summer hides Jesus in sharp emo-pop melodies--and a major label deal
Dallas Music Partners declare: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled musicians."
Fall in love with Bacharach
Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)
Love & Life (Geffen)
Joe Budden (Def Jam)
Prince Paul's latest concept record attacks lame commercial hip-hop--by co-opting it
Fire (XL/Beggars) | D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat (Crunchy Frog/Mercury)
The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Suburban cops to kids: Turn that rap stuff down
Instant Vintage (Universal)
The Eminem Show (Aftermath)
Hip-huh? Antipop Consortium doesn't expect you to get it at first.
Corn Mo makes an appearance on Total Request Live
For the Deep Ellum Film Festival, the third time's the charm
Even music journalists have ethics
You may only know him from Madonna's Music, but Mirwais has been around for years
Bronco Bowl's Four Plans From Outer Space
Is Russell Simmons' 360HipHop.com the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed
What will 1999 be remembered for -- Malkovich's head or Cartman's ass?
U-God's solo album is only the latest in a series of Wu-Tang Clan misfires
Erykah Badu profits from her role as soul music's last, best prophet
Beethoven and the Dead European Males clean up a notorious street corner