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Music, All Shook Down Lenny Kravitz's Penis, Ryan Adams' 1989, and a Typical Cyrus Family Outing

Lenny Kravitz's Penis, Ryan Adams' 1989, and a Typical Cyrus Family Outing

Last week, in the bar, we heard multiple people start conversations with the words: "Ohmygod! Lenny Kravitz's penis!" Because last week has been a lot about Lenny Kravitz splitting some leather pants on stage and showing the world — and…
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Music, All Shook Down Hip-Hop More Important than Beatles, Stones, and British Invasion, Study Claims

Hip-Hop More Important than Beatles, Stones, and British Invasion, Study Claims

Hip-hop's impact on the pop music scene in 1991 was more important than Beatlemania, The Rolling Stones, and The British Invasion of 1964, a new study that used computer analysis to inspect 17,000 songs has found. According to the study,…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch E-40 as Puppet Pimp in Funny or Die's "Bitches" Video

Watch E-40 as Puppet Pimp in Funny or Die's "Bitches" Video

Just a week after Bay Area emcee E-40 dropped three brand-new albums under the series name The Block Brochure, he now pops up as a pimping puppet named Vladimir Checkabitch in a Funny or Die video called "Bitches." The video…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Ten Hip-Hop Drinking Anthems

The Top Ten Hip-Hop Drinking Anthems

Hip-hop's reliance on marijuana as a creative conduit and lifestyle accessory is well documented. But beyond the genre's top tokers, there's also a bubbling batch of rappers who've rhymed about not so much getting a little tipsy as daily dalliances…
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Music, All Shook Down

Good Rappers Who've Made Terrible Actors

The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just…
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Music, Reviewed Asher Roth

Asher Roth

Being a privileged white guy from the Philly suburbs doesn't disqualify Asher Roth from legitimate hip-hop MC status — not being able to spin an interesting yarn does. The Scooter Braun–championed overnight sensation's debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, has…
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Music, Reviewed Black Stars:

Black Stars:

The image of African music, as seen through American eyes, goes through phases. Right now, we're experiencing a retro moment: It would be easy to look at the recent deluge of compilation CDs (the three Nigeria Special volumes, Nigeria 70,…
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Music, Reviewed Fannypack

Fannypack

Call off the truant officer, because the school of lo-fi sass is back in session. To kick things off, Brooklyn's Fannypack throws itself a raunchy little pep rally on "Keep It Up," with MCs Jessibel, Belinda, and Cat playing head…
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Music, Reviewed David Banner

David Banner

My most vivid childhood memories are of gathering in the small town of Waterproof, La., for the sort of social meal that involved the entire family. My great-grandmother would hunch over a giant kettle of gumbo whose ingredients were "flexible"…
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Music, Reviewed Fila Brazillia

Fila Brazillia

It's ironic that the U.K. duo Fila Brazillia -- responsible for more than a decade of original material and remixes for artists as varied as Radiohead and Busta Rhymes -- took its name from a breed of fighting dog banned…
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Music, Wagon Christ

Wagon Christ

These days it's almost gauche to mention the term "trip hop" in dance music circles. Although acts like Kruder & Dorfmeister, Morcheeba, and Thievery Corporation continue to create mellow, sample-laden soundtracks for the cocktail party set, groove lovers now gravitate…
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Music, Slum Village

Slum Village

The hip hop community has been anticipating the coming of Slum Village's commercial debut with the same fervor Christians await the availability of a newly discovered gospel. And like the arrival of a sacred text, there have been countless unauthorized…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday January 28 Burning Bright Courage and passion are two of your strongest traits if you were born in the Year of the Tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac, which runs in a 12-year cycle with each year named for…
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Mark Eitzel 60 Watt Silver Lining (Warner Bros.) San Francisco's most despondent entertainer kicks off his solo career with a controlled version of a telltale cover: Dusty Springfield's "No Easy Way Down," from the cult classic Dusty in Memphis. After…
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