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. Song: Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna History: Eminem did a freestyle battle. He went ... More >>
This week brings us another installment of Red Bull Sound Select, one of Texas' best country bands, a local radio milestone, and some of the most influential artists of their respective genres. Lil Wayne has had some health issues on the road this year, so here's hoping that his time in the Lone Sta ... More >>
As long as there have been celebrity deaths, there have been celebrity death sightings. A quick Internet search will turn up allegations of people spotting Elvis Presley in the steamy Memphis heat, or Jim Morrison in a Parisian cafe. There are those who would swear on a stack of polygraph machines ... More >>
Rock The Bells season is officially here. This Tuesday, promoters Guerilla Union held their launch party/press conference for this year's festival. Hosted by HOT97's Peter Rosenberg, the festivities started off with the longstanding tradition of freestyle extraordinaire MC Supernatural rapping the 2 ... More >>
Kartik Rathore opened The People's Last Stand in Mockingbird Station more than a year ago, and the foremost concept was it would be an upscale bar serving high-quality drinks. It was his first endeavor in the restaurant and bar business and he admittedly had a hard time in the beginning. While the d ... More >>
Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper. The debate is so polemic that I might as well write about ... More >>
Eater dug up a scoop on Uptown's Top Chef destination, Private Social. A post on the restaurant's Facebook page hints at expansion plans, asking applicants to send in their resumes. Chef Tiffany Derry has yet to release any details on what she's planning on doing with her expanded staff, but rumors ... More >>
Something happened this week 20 years ago, and music hasn't been the same since: Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the lead single from Nevermind, which would itself come out later in the month. With the song came a new movement in music, a new era. But plenty of other influential acts ... More >>
Once-in-a-lifetime events sometimes happen more than once, turns out. Next Tuesday night, when My Morning Jacket performs in its hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to celebrate the release of their new album, Circuital, they will be joined on stage by one Erykah Badu, just as they so memorably were t ... More >>
Weezy F. BabyLittle Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man who once composed a l ... More >>
Tonight, groundbreaking experimental rapper Kool Keith will be gracing The Loft with his presence. And we're hella stoked. Not only is the rapper one of our favorites, but his skill set is undeniable and his advancements in the "horrorcore" and "porncore" genres are fairly irrefutable. Plus. he's ... 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 >>
Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. Sur ... More >>
Justin Bua at 4th Wall Gallery.Even if the name Justin Bua doesn't ring a bell, chances are you've seen New York City-raised artist's work--most notably, his almost ever-present piece "The DJ." It's the image on which Bua made his name as a prominently hip-hop-centric artist, leading the way to his ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scen ... More >>
Eric Hutchinson and Corey Smith want you to know that they feel your pain
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Remembering a Down South legend
With his most recent release, Hip-Hop Is Dead, acclaimed MC Nas delivered a bitter requiem for rap. But is it truly a time for mourning?
Jacob Rodriguez proves to be a worthy Accomplice
Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.
The College Dropout rethinks his stance on education in the year 2010
Plus: Seeing Red
Case Solved: Killer musicians captured, thanks to your tips
Plus: Smells Like Indie Spirit
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Frisco wants to lure Andy and Opie with a Starbucks. Why is that an evil plan?
The Polyphonic Spree is one Big Moment away from stardom. Right?
Bazooka Tooth isn't a fable. It's Aesop Rock's reality.
Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002
The Dallas Morning News says N.W.A. was "militant." The real answer? N.O.
Legendary Fritz, Headkrack square off
Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying
Blood is Thicker Than Water (AMC/Major Money Entertainment)
For the Deep Ellum Film Festival, the third time's the charm
Is Russell Simmons' 360HipHop.com the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?
Celebs and poseurs mix-a-lot in this surprisingly effective look at rap, race, and sex
Leap-frogging through history with the Toadies
A Fort Worth crime-prevention group is warning parents about Goth-rock, but is that such a good idea?
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'
How Wu-Tang Clan won the world
Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance
Can Interscope do for four local bands what it did for Nine Inch Nails and Snoop Dogg?