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 >>
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. This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents ... More >>
Update, 9:00 a.m. OK, fair enough -- seems pretty bad out there. Not that I would know, since my plan for today includes extra pairs of socks and not a whole lot else. At this point, just assume whatever show you were going to tonight is cancelled, except Kanye West at American Airlines Center. What ... More >>
The temperature is dropping and the changing of the season is finally within reach. Gone are the days of triple digits, at least until next year, and sweet relief has arrived. It feels amazing outside, but there's always those weirdos who insist it's "so cold" once it starts to hit below 70 degrees ... More >>
Yeezus has risen! This morning, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce his first solo tour in five years. The 23 city run starts on October 19th in Seattle, and will hit Dallas' American Airlines Center on December 6th, before wrapping up in Houston. As if that wasn't enough to whip the internet in ... 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 >>
Throughout hip-hop's history, rappers have sought to distinguish themselves through a variety of methods. While some have focused exclusively on lyrical content, others have focused on style and cadence. As of late, hip-hop has experienced a fundamental shift from an emphasis on substance to an emph ... More >>
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage by Rebecca Haithcoat One assumes that thousands of people shouting, "I guess that cunt getting eaten" in unison has never happened at Coachella before. Yet you could hear just that yesterday during Azealia Banks' set; it was afternoon, and most of us were ... More >>
Tuesday, December 6, at American Airlines Center
Marco TorresAnd the award for ACL 2011's best stage banter goes to Kanye West.Now that Austin City Limits Music Festival is in the rear view mirror, all we have are the memories. That is, unless you spent the weekend drunk and high, in which case you might not even remember who performed, let alo ... More >>
Steve VisneauPlay-N-SkillzWe've seen this coming for quite some time now -- that the Dallas-based, Grammy-winning hip-hop production dup of Play-N-Skillz was going to be taking things in a more electronic direction at some point.We saw it in the videos they've released, in their (highly successfu ... More >>
Steve VisneauPlay-N-SkillzDallas-based hip-hop super-producers Play-N-Skillz have wasted no time making good use of their G4 Muzik label's freshly created blog. Over the past few weeks, they've shared some new music, revealed that they're shooting a music video with Bun B in town today, and, well ... More >>
Not quite an A . But 2010 was still a pretty good year for music.If the '00s were dominated by hip-hop, this decade looks as if it's being dominated by electronic music. While electro-pop has had some resurrections over the years, it's now a mainstay of popular music. Look no farther tha ... More >>
Last night, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2010 Grammy Awards, as they tend to do around this time of year. The winners won't be announced until the live awards show, which will air on CBS on Sunday, February 13, 2011. But, thanks to a whole sle ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, November 3, 2010...Finally Kanye admits that he's basically a child. But, a child that has an awesome sense of fashion.Weezy released a letter preceding his release from prison stating he was never "scared, worried, nor bothered" by his p ... More >>
Sore LosersIn this past week's paper, I muse on the state of Dallas hip-hop, something I'd been thinking about rather frustratingly for some time now--until, that is, I finally caught Sore Losers' live show on a bill at The Nightmare on Sunday, October 24. There, backed by the band HelloeARTh, So ... More >>
It may not seem like it, but N*E*R*D has been around for almost 10 years now, playing their genre-defying style of urban crossover rock. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, the band brings its experiences from the mega-successful Neptunes and puts it into a unique rock experience ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, August 13, 2010...Carlos D quit Interpol because he hated playing bass. Bad choice of instrument to hate for a bands bass player.Are Kanye West and Bon Iver collaborating?Apparently Arcade Fire show us why you can still make it as an indie ba ... More >>
Earlier this week, we showed you Kanye West's performance of his new Symbolyc One-produced single, "Power," at the BET Awards on Sunday night. Well, this morning, DFW-produced single earned its release via an exclusive iTunes arrangement. And it's doing OK, too, currently sitting at No. 5 on iTu ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, June 10, 2010...Can you really "out" a song and peg it as gay when most of the songs on the list are by gay artists? It's like shooting fish in a fabulous barrel, right?Good thing Lady Gaga knows to dress appropriately for a graduation.Some ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 7, 2010...The full Lollapalooza line-up is out and it's pretty impressive.Looks like Dr. Dre and Kanye West are set to release albums this year. But, if Kanye's album really is gonna be called Good Ass Job, his title wins hands down.Jack ... More >>
The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the Peas ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, October 21, 2009...I guess rockers just feel the need to save something. If it's not Liam Gallagher saving honey bees, then it's Animal Collective trying to save seals.A drunk and obnoxious Kanye West Spike Jonze = We Were Once A Fairytale.Kin ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, July 6, 2009... Americans can sleep easier tonight: President Obama still has Michael Jackson songs on his iPod. Now, how about that universal health care, sir? Kanye West now has something else he's the best in the world at: being a music video di ... More >>
Your daily dose of national hip-hop news for Wednesday, January 21, 2009... Hip-hop beefs are nothing new--they've been around for years. But it seems that 50 Cent has now taken to creating controversies as his promotional tool. He still seems to think that Kanye West is his adversary for so ... More >>
Universal Mind Control(Geffen)
Paper Trail (Atlantic)
With "American boy" leading her excellent American debut, Estelle is the latest British star to make a go at the States
Augé does his best to grant us an interview. We try out best to understand him.
September's CDs produce more beef than a Western Sizzlin'
Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records)
Blue Collar (J/Allido)
Friday, July 21, at Purgatory | Saturday, July 22, at Smirnoff Music Centre
Thursday, May 25, at the Gypsy Tea Room
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
You didn't keep score while watching last week's Grammys? We did.
The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010
Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)
As a teenager, John Legend was already recording with Lauryn Hill. Seven years later, he's only gotten bigger.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)