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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

The overriding theme of this week's music happenings is quite clearly the supernatural — what with the ghost of Kurt Cobain living on in his daughter's face, murdered legend Selena being resurrected via hologram, Nicki Minaj curing the sick with…
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Music, All Shook Down Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Yesterday, Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl In a Band, was released, and to coincide with the event, the ex-Sonic Youth bassist, vocalist, and post-punk feminist icon appeared at The Strand bookstore in New York City — the second appointment…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

"But I may fight for gay rights, especially if the dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/ Play nice? Bitch I'll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in…
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Dining, Eat Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

Bitter Fruit: Bay Area Brewers Push Hops Into Stranger Territory

As with politics, so too with booze. Over the last handful of years, tendencies in local craft brewing have inhabited polar ends of the spectrum. On one hand, there's been a ramping up of the obscure as beers relying upon…
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Music, All Shook Down LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul Reign Over Shoreline, 5/25/13

LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul Reign Over Shoreline, 5/25/13

Kings of the Mic with LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Shoreline Amphitheatre Saturday, May 25, 2013 Better than: Most rap shows. The rappers on stage at Shoreline on Saturday night's King of the Mic tour…
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Music, Hear This LL Cool J: Show Preview

LL Cool J: Show Preview

Thanks to his steady work on the hit crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, LL Cool J is better known as an actor than a rapper to a whole generation of hip-hop fans. Of course, it hasn't helped that most of…
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Music, All Shook Down Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

You've probably already heard about Nicki Minaj's Mitt Romney-related lyrics, in which she claimed she was going to vote for the Republican presidential candidate. So, did she mean it? Was she being ironic? Is this a publicity stunt? The only…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

It's going to be tough for us, or for anyone, not to make bad jokes about Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity. Author Shawn Taylor's main point is that being a black man is complicated – for example,…
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Music, All Shook Down San Quinn Crowns Barry Bonds “Home Run King” in New Tribute Anthem

San Quinn Crowns Barry Bonds “Home Run King” in New Tribute Anthem

Just five home runs separate Barry Bonds from controversially wresting those top honors from Hank Aaron, but San Francisco rapper San Quinn has already crowned Bonds the “Home Run King” in his new tribute anthem “Knock It Out.” Set…
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Music, All Shook Down Ladies Love Cool Clifford -- Hip-Hop Pinup for the Naughties!

Ladies Love Cool Clifford -- Hip-Hop Pinup for the Naughties!

It was LL Cool J in the Eighties and Tupac Shakur in the Nineties. Now, ladies and gentleman, I submit the reigning king of hip-hop pin-upship for the Naughties: T.I. This is simply not up for debate, if Oakland…
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Music, Rehab Is for Quitters

Rehab Is for Quitters

Don't hold your breath for tortured torch singer Amy Winehouse to go to rehab. It's kinda like hoping for Sanjaya Malakar to get voted off of American Idol; folks, it ain't gonna happen any time soon. It's been said that…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Spray-On Soul

Spray-On Soul

Somewhere between the time DJ Kool Herc got the party started in the 1970s and LL Cool J's star turn on MTV Unplugged in 1991, hip-hop went mainstream. First it conquered the 'burbs. Then it went global. Before long, kids…
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Film, Going Mental

Going Mental

If you're expecting a psychological thriller out of Mindhunters, and you buy a ticket for the movie, you will almost indubitably feel cheated. But break down the film's title to its most literal sense -- hunting for a mind, presumably…
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EPMD Back in Business (Def Jam) L.L. Cool J Phenomenon (Def Jam) Most rappers drop one good album before they either run out of ideas or get overwhelmed by their own success. So it's instructive and curious to see the…
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