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 >>
Since early Saturday morning, the people of Dallas are momentarily retiring their auxiliary cables and tuning into not one, but two new radio stations, both specializing in a virtually untested format. As we reported Monday, both Boom 94.5 FM and Hot 93.3 FM made an unprovoked about-face early Satur ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper, better known as DJ Spinderella, of the '90s hip-hop girl group S ... More >>
The Dallas/Fort Worth music scene has an unusually strong subculture of tribute bands with an even more unorthodox subculture: dedicated tribute band fans. The bands themselves aren't just background noise for private parties or corporate events or openers for bigger acts to keep the crowds entert ... More >>
Saturday, June 9, at DeSoto Eagle Stadium
It's beginning to look at a lot like festival season. Has Dallas always had so many? And with such... random lineups? Here's a guide to some of the upcoming ones. And feel free to consult with Festy for more tips on how to maximize your summer festival experience, like the foolproof "Get backstage b ... More >>
Saturday, March 26, at the Dallas Convention Center
DJ Bad Holly admits that she got her start at DJing through a complete and utter accident. Holly Evans, a.k.a. Bad Holly, volunteered to DJ a party at Doublewide last year at the last minute--and to her surprise received and abundance of positive feedback. "Several people I'd never met came up to ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, March 10, 2009...It looks like biopics with hip-hop icons are now officially in fashion in Hollywood. N.W.A. is the latest hip-hop group to have a biopic based on its story. And it looks like Big Daddy Kane could be next.Former Richardson citizen a ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, January 15, 2009... Run-DMC (the Kings of Rock!), Metallica and Jeff Beck are the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wonder who's going to DJ for Run-DMC since Jam Master Jay has passed? I pray to god it's not Grand Mast ... More >>
Minc Lounge in Exposition Park is following up on its Halloween Kool Herc performance by bringing another old-school hip hop icon to Dallas. KRS-One will perform at minc Thursday, January 22, along with Channel Live, according to Vigilante Music Group's Greg Barrett. The January 22 show is not the f ... More >>
Your top national music stories for Wednesday, December 24, 2008: Remember back in '89 when no one knew we were in the midst of Hip-Hop's "golden age" and KRS-One schooled us on why non-violence is good with the ditty "Self Destruction?" Well, now the young pups of today can have their own ver ... More >>
Yeah, Grandmaster Flash graced the ones and twos at Ghostbar this weekend. But who cares? The people there didn't seem to.
Friday, September 12, at Ghostbar
A bevy of new music DVDs, just in time for the holidays
Allow me to preface this review by saying every Roots performance I've been to has been the best show I've ever seen. Last night's Hip Hop Honors tour kept the trend, but delivered a special dose of showmanship, because the Roots crew wasn’t there to play its own songs. The group wasted no time j ... More >>
The Mix-Up (Capitol)
Hip Hop Lives (Koch)
You, too, could be a star...but please don't try
Saturday, March 24, at Riprocks, Denton
Friday, February 23, at Gypsy Tea Room
Slick Rick's battles are more than just verbal
Elite Force has the tech-funk résumé to deserve his overblown moniker
Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.
Run-DMC, King of Rock, Raising Hell, Tougher than Leather (Sony Legacy)
Even a few lame political songs can't suh-suh-stop the Beasties
What's crunk, what's bootleg and what do those words mean anyway?
Music coalition members are there for each other
Under Construction (Elektra)
Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002
Jurassic 5 knows the difference between hip-hop and rap
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
The Bathroom Wall (DreamWorks) / Andy Dick & the Bitches of the Century (Milan)
Legendary Fritz, Headkrack square off
Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By (75 Ark)
Disposable Arts (Yosumi)
For the Arsonists, there is no underground. It's all just hip-hop.
Once dismissed as novelty, G. Love & Special Sauce find a serious niche with Electric Mile
For Hydroponic Sound System, mixing hip-hop with everything else is just Routine Insanity
Renegades (Epic Records)
Platinum records reward workaholic Cypress Hill producer Muggs
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura loves hip-hop -- but he loves music more
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'
The Beastie Boys throw down Nasty, but what's the point?
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop