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Friday, May 20, 2016

Nominees For The BET Awards Are Announced and Drake Leads The Pack With Nine Nominations

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Obligatory photo of Kimye and Bey-Z at the 2012 BET Awards - BILLBOARD
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  • Obligatory photo of Kimye and Bey-Z at the 2012 BET Awards

If you watched the BET Awards last year, you might remember seeing hosts Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow Johnson of "black-ish") swinging barefoot from a rope and Anthony Anderson (Andre Johnson in "black-ish") sashaying across the stage. Or maybe you remember watching then-newcomer Fetty Wap perform his breakout hit, "Trap Queen," or Rihanna premiering a teaser for her new song, "BBHMM." 

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Kelly Clarkson Calls Dr. Luke "Not a Good Guy" and Says She Was Blackmailed Into Working With Him

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM


If you've been keeping up with all the Kesha/Dr. Luke drama, you probably already know that Kelly Clarkson is on the anti-producer bandwagon. On Feb. 19, the day of Kesha's last court hearing against Dr. Luke (wherein the judge ruled that she will not be released from her longterm Sony record deal, despite her claims that Dr. Luke sexually abused her for years), the former American Idol star tweeted her support to the pop singer, as well as hinted at a similar past with the alleged sexual abuser. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Prince Surprises the Bay Area With Two Solo Shows in Oakland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:20 AM


Screw the Oscars. You should go see Prince perform at The Paramount Theater on Sunday night instead. 

The singer/songwriter announced the first North American date of his Piano and a Microphone tour, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28. In the back-to-back shows, at 7 and 10 p.m., he'll be playing hits and oldies, as well as new tracks from his 39th album, HITnRRUN Phase II. And he'll be playing them solo, without a backing band. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tupac's Murder Might Have Been Choreographed By P. Diddy

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?
  • Biggie sort of looks like Meek Mill in this photo, no?

Whilst riding the oh-so-lovely BART to work this morning, I pulled out my phone to peruse the Snapchat "Discover" section as I usually do. I'm not sure what it is about  bite-size nuggets of tabloid and beauty articles that I love so much, but reading said-trash has become a daily habit of mine.

I usually start my morning in-transit reading sesh with Daily Mail because I'm a sucker for 1) anything animal related, 2) gross/shock-factor videos 3) and Kardashian/Jenner gossip. As I opened up the app, I (gently) chided myself for reading such crap. You could be reading real news, Jessie, I told myself. Stuff that will actually better your writing and help with finding fodder for articles. But, because I hadn't yet had my coffee or daily maple yogurt, I nixed those thoughts with a simple Fuck it and let my fingers continue tapping on the screen until Daily Mail was opened. And lo and behold, as the first article of the day, they chose to report on a music-related story. And not just any music-related story: this one was about TUPAC. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Morning Music News: Macklemore Releases "White Privilege II," David Bowie Will Not Have a Constellation Named After Him, and More...

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis release their new song, "White Privilege II" for free on iTunes. The song is a nine-minute sequel to a 2005 track of the same name and, as Vulture points out, is very Hamilton-esque. As the title suggest, it's about the unequal treatment (and notoriety) that white people receive and Macklemore's perplexity about how one can be an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement while appropriating (and getting rich off) black culture.

Macklemore, who marched with Black Lives Matter after the Michael Brown decision, talks about his feelings of unease regarding his involvement in the movement: "Okay, I'm saying that they're chanting out, 'Black lives matter,' but I don't say it back / Is it okay for me to say? I don't know, so I watch and stand in front of a line of police that look the same as me."

He also addresses white supremacy and its roots in American history. But, perhaps most noteworthy, is his indictment of fellow white musicians, namely Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, and their appropriation of black culture: "You've exploited and stolen the music, the moment / The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with / The culture was never yours to make better / You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea / Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic / You've taken the drums and the accent you rapped in." The song ends with a line from singer Jamila Woods, who purrs in the kicker, "Your silence is a luxury / Hip-hop is not a luxury."

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cop E-40's New Line of Malt Liquors, Called, Appropriately Enough, E40

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM


E-40's latest drink, a honey-colored malt liquor, hit stores yesterday. E40, as the beer is called, is hardly the 48 year-old's first endeavor in the beverage selling world. He released the now-defunct 40 Water a few years back, as well as the more-successful Earl Stevens Selections wine line in 2013, which includes a red blend and two types of Moscato. 

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Morning Music News: Noise Pop Adds to Their Lineup, Oscar Nominees, Donald Trump Theme Song, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Mmmmm, Noise Pop-flavored lollipop.
  • Mmmmm, Noise Pop-flavored lollipop.

The 10-day, 24th annual Noise Pop Music Festival just announced a handful of new acts to their lineup. The festival, which starts on Feb. 19 and runs until Feb. 28, will now feature sets by: Michigan producer, Sango; Bay Area rapper, Antwon; Belgian DJ and producer, The Magician; and a mysterious few "others." They'll be joining other great acts, like Vince Staples, Kamasi Washington, Metric, American Football, The Mountain Goats, and Carly Rae Jepsen. The festival has also added a slew of films, presented in collaboration with SF IndieFest. For more info, check out:

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Morning Music News: Lil B Drops a 63-Track Mixtape, Hieroglyphics Rolls Out an Emoji Pack, LCD Soundsystem Will Headline Coachella, and More

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Berkeley rapper Lil B drops his second mixtape of 2015, the three-disc, 63-track project, Thugged Out/Pissed Off. It's downloadable for free, which is always a nice treat, and features plenty of the playful, old-school style of jams that Based God fans know and love. Noteworthy songs, include: "Stephen Hawking," sung in the vein of his earlier track, "Ellen Degeneres;" "BasedGod," Lil B's version of Future and Drake's "Jumpman;" "4 Tha Record," a diss on The Weeknd; "NY Cab Won't Stop," an ode to the East Coast; and "Domestic Violence Case," which tackles, well, domestic violence. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes, Kanye West is Named "Most Stylish Man," and Other Morning Music News

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM

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Just days after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 70, passed away. Though Kilmister was given an estimated two to six months to live, he was also suffering from a number of other health issues, including diabetes, a heart arrhythmia, and hematoma. In recent years, multiple Motörhead performances had been cancelled due to his health issues, although Kilmister remained active in the band up until the time of his death. 

In a Facebook post, Motörhead wrote: "There is no easy way to say this… our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from the Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family. We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please… play Motörhead loud.”

Motörhead drummer Mickey Dee has since confirmed that Kilmister's death will mark the end of Motörhead. "Motörhead is over, of course," he told the Swedish publication, Expressen. "Lemmy was Motörhead. We weon't be doing any more tours or anything. And there won't be any more records. But the brand survives and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone." 

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In other news, Kanye West was named the "Most Stylish Man" of 2015 by GQ for the second year in a row. Perhaps this is not that surprising given that the artist was heavily invested in the fashion world this year (and, in turn, did not drop any new music...*sad face*). Not only did he debut his Yeezy label at New York Fashion Week this past spring, but he also introduced the world to his Yeezy Boosts (which instantly sold out).

Kanye received 520,119 votes for the title, trouncing other fashion notables, like Pharrell Williams and Jared Leto, not to mention newcomer (and vintage buff), Leon Bridges. "West had a dominant hand in defining how men wanted to look in 2015," GQ explained. "His elevated, athletic-inspired aesthetic is part of the reason the athleisure look hit critical mass this year (even landing the word in the dictionary)."

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In the U.S., a turntable was the top selling home audio product purchased on Amazon for 2015. The Jensen JTA-230 turntable, which goes for $50 a pop, beat out a slew of wireless devices that were also a big hit this year. We already knew vinyl was making a resurgence: Vinyl sales between January and March of 2015 were 53 percent higher than sales from the same time period in 2014, according to a Nielsen report, and vinyl sales also surpassed 9 million units for the fourth consecutive year in 2015. The fact that a turntable beat out, say, wireless headphones or Bluetooth speakers, is merely further proof that vinyl listeners are growing in number. And, in a world where nifty gadgets and digital apps are the mainstream, it's pretty cool that retro, not to mention analog, devices are back in style.  
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Sources have confirmed that the legendary rock outfit, Guns N' Roses, will reunite and perform at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2016. In fact, their performance at Coachella  is purportedly only their first show in a string of additional concerts that will be taking place in up to 25 football stadiums across the country next year. The original lineup, including founding members Axl Rose and Slash, will be part of the reunion tour, which is a big deal considering that the two musicians have not played a show together since July 17, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. 

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Check Out "Your Year in Music" on Spotify

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM


Spotify, always the innovator, has devised an algorithm that scans your Spotify library, playlists, and history to give you a breakdown of "your year in music." Some of the things it lists are: the top artists (you listened to); top albums; top tracks; and top genres. It also tells you the total number of minutes you listened to, as well as the total number of new artists and different tracks. It even breaks down your listening habits by season. Depending on how often you listen to Spotify, your results will either be surprising or predictable, but either way, it's always cool to learn stuff about yourself and Spotify makes it easy with this new feature. 

Check out "Your Year in Music" here

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