After languishing in record label hell for nearly two years, Game's The R.E.D. Album will finally get released next week. It's the Compton rapper's fourth effort and the first since he got that ridiculous face tattoo. But we're not here to make fun of his face. We're here to talk about his lyrics--which are, at times, also ridiculous. To the word clouds! Read More...
The Gathering of Juggalos occurred this weekend, spawning a variety of interesting reports. While we didn't attend the events, we did follow the updates all weekend with Faygo in hand and learned a great deal about this violent and alien culture. In an effort to help our readers survive a surprise Insane Clown Posse concert or half-off Keystone Light sale, here are essential things you need to know about juggalo society. Keep these in mind along with the basics of what to do when confronted by wild animals: don't feed, approach or try to corner it. Read More...
Before Drake was Drizzy or even the monosyllabic rapper named Drake, he was Aubrey Drake Graham, an eyebrow model and the spokesman of Drakes Cakes. No, not really. He played Jimmy Brooks for several years on the popular Canadian teen drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Most of you already knew that.
But thanks to thousands of Twitter users who have chimed in on the trending topic #JobsDrakeHadBeforeBecomingARapper, some incredible information about the secret backstory of Drake Aubrey Graham has finally come to light. It's entirely made-up information, but at least the good suggestions are based on Drake's lyrics, current events or his physical characteristics. For example, did you know that Drake used to be a lap dance tester? Still is, actually. Just the other day he tested a lap dance from wigged-out Nicki Minaj. He did a pretty good job too. Click on for more of Drake's old jobs. Read More...
The members of homeschooled Hanson are not afraid to name names when they have a schoolyard beef. WENN recently published an interview with oldest brother Isaac Hanson in which he says, "I have a hard time with musicians who act like pricks because it just makes me mad. If you're actually making a living doing it, pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don't love it and people will eventually get pissed off."
Hey, he should know, he's experienced the rise and fall of show business. There is a good chance you caught Hanson playing a chicken shack over the last five years. So, who specifically is harshing on his "MMMBop"?
"The Kings of Leon guys are running some risks," he says. "They’re irritating people; you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad-boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out."
He's referring to the band's recent drama, where they canceled their U.S. tour after Caleb Followill bizarrely left the stage during a Dallas show. With all the fame, pot smoke and groupies, will the Kings of Leon even realize they're in a Hanson feud? Both bands are comprised of brothers with Oklahoma roots. You know how serious that area takes their beefing. (Anyone familiar with the Battle of Honey Springs knows what's up.) This could end up being the Hatfield-McCoy feud of pop rock.
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Los Angeles indie poppers Foster The People are taking the world by storm with their hit single "Pumped Up Kicks." The song is so breezy and hummable, in fact, that while you're incessantly singing it in your head, you have no idea you're actually singing about something pretty twisted and violent.
So, inspired by this vexing little pop gem, we've compiled a list of songs whose upbeat catchiness masks their deceptively depressing and weighty lyrics. Basically, these are the musical equivalent of that smile you don when alone with your girlfriend's battle ax of a mother. Read More...
Tommy Hilfiger's 20-year-old son Rich Hil has a new record deal because of course he does. (Rich Hil will be referred to as Rich Hil throughout because his rapping name is hysterically perfect.) This is actually Rich Hil's second record deal; he was previously signed to Swizz Beatz's now defunct Full Service Records. Rich Hil also made news last year when he was busted with a significant amount of marijuana in his trunk and entered court-ordered rehab. That stint inspired the mixtapes, wait for it--"Ricky Goes to Rehab" and "I Just Got Outta Rehab." Sounds like "Ernest Goes To Jail" and "Clifford Goes To Hollywood."
Saying nothing about Rich Hil's musical ability--because it's not clear if the has any, and to be fair he might, though we wouldn't bet on it--he's a portrait of entitlement, ignorance and delusion. Here are the lowlights/highlights of his ridiculous profile in the New York Observer. Read More...
This weekend's episode of "The DUB Magazine Project" takes us behind the curtain with super-producer Jim Jonsin, the middle-aged white guy who's written and produced enormous songs like Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and T.I.'s "Whatever You Like." It's pretty fascinating to see Jonsin in the studio, slapping a few keys on his keyboard and punching a few buttons on the 808s to produce something that sounds like a track ready for the radio. What we're saying is, the guy has talent. At least when it comes to music. When it comes to choosing hats and growing beards, well, that's a different story.
Watch "The DUB Magazine Project" Sundays, at 1p/12c on MTV2.
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A 55-year-old casino executive named A. Samuels has just done the unthinkable: He's challenged Rebecca Black for the best-worst music video title of 2011. Far as we can tell, Samuels is completely serious with his video for "Livin De Life," which you can download on iTunes for 99 cents. We don't have a clue what possessed him to make this video other than a passion for hip-hop. Good for an old dude livin' de life, but the video is just ridiculous.
Among other WTF moments: Samuels brags about having doctors and lawyers on call; his terrible accent in the beginning where he sets up his video; his awkward white-dude dance while wearing a white sweater in the middle of what looks like a summer day; when he mouths Jason Terry's lines while Terry is speaking. Basically this debacle is just one unabashed brag about a guy who appears to have a lot of money and wants everyone to know it. So, congratulations? Enjoy the show.