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 >>
Update: Kanye's LED pyramid has been righted. He's just announced the modified tour route. Several cities have been rescheduled, a few have been cancelled altogether, but Dallas is right where it was before: December 6 with Kendrick Lamar as support. Original post follows... Shortly after Kanye W ... More >>
This past Friday, Dallas rap fans got to experience a moment in pop culture together. In crowds upwards of 300, they took to the streets to watch Kanye West's latest experiment in new media marketing: guerilla public screenings of the video for his single "New Slaves." Deb Doing Dallas & Vanessa Q ... More >>
Saturday, February 25, at Trees
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 >>
Friday, July 8, at the American Airlines Center
Saturday, January 22, at Trees
Albums get delayed all the time. (Cue Chinese Democracy joke). Sometimes it's because of the close relation of creativity and procrastination. Other times, business overtakes art. More often than not, though, it's just a sheer mystery. So, in looking back at the year, we decided to think about al ... More >>
If Ms. Badu's Twitter account is to be believed--and, really, when isn't it?--then she's gonna be on your television screens today even earlier than her scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, stopping by B.E.T.'s 106 & Park to discuss (what else?) New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the A ... More >>
Steven VisneauPlay-N-SkillzPlay-N-Skillz and Def Jam's All-Star Weekend Finale PartyPM LoungeFebruary 14, 2009For Grammy-winning hip-hop producers Play-N-Skillz, Sunday night--the last night of a jam-packed, celebrity- and part-filled weekend--saw the brothers Salinas hosting not one, but two par ... More >>
Danny notes that "Smokey Robinson's eyes are supernaturally intense... like, seriously." Click to expand; see for yourself.Our Danny Fulgencio happened by the Dallas Rocks benefit Saturday night at Union Station, where Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons gathered quite the hodgepodge of celebritie ... More >>
As promised, Grapevine's own Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer has gone ahead and debuted his new single, "You Gotta Believe," the title track to his new EP, over on the Alternative Press' Web site.And, according to Avary's label, Island Def Jam, it created quite the stir, apparently crashing the ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009... What do you do when your competition has about 90 percent of the market? You make your product link to the Xbox. Yep, Microsoft isn't ready to give up on the ol' Zune yet; it will launch the Zune HD in the fall. Looks like ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, May 22, 2009... Jay-Z bought out his Def Jam contract for a reported $5 million. Since he's got the spare cash layin' around: Jay, I could use some cash... The Arctic Monkeys used Black Sabbath as inspiration for its new album. Let's hope a deal ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should ... More >>
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>
Remember when summer was awesome? No? Well, Here are 10 great summers in music history to jog your memory.
Red Gone Wild (Def Jam)
How two brothers, their mom, their friends and a white guy named Cletus hope to win the hip-hop game
Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella)
Friday, July 21, at Purgatory | Saturday, July 22, at Smirnoff Music Centre
Colleyville's the Rocket Summer hides Jesus in sharp emo-pop melodies--and a major label deal
Plus: Smells Like Indie Spirit
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
A year-end rant or rave for the rap music industry
Say 'ello to the Bad Guy
The Top 10 musical ties of 2002
Taken from 35 Marines ages 18-23
Upcoming summit aspires to make D-FW a player in the hip-hop world
Five years later, Ben Kweller is taking off on his own.
November 23 and 24
Even music journalists have ethics
Getting some closure
Is Russell Simmons' 360HipHop.com the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?
Ben Kweller will eventually release another record, but it won't be Sha Sha
DeRogatis' Top 10 Reasons for Living in 1999
Radish may be loosening their label's restraining bolt
KISS rock 'n' roll over again
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.
At 38, Public Enemy's Chuck D goes 'where no age has gone before'
Seventeen years after its advent, sampling remains mired in legal and aesthetic controversy