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When your father is the "Run" in Run-DMC and your uncle is Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons, it's a gift and a curse to pursue a career in hip-hop. The gift is obvious: unlimited connections, a built-in brand name and hopefully some skills from...
The Summer Spirit Festival, which was to be headlined by Nas and Damian Marley, has been cancelled. The one-day event was scheduled to take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion August 14. Common and Erykah Badu performed at the festival last year....
Tags: Festive Events, Arts and Culture
What was the highlight of Drake's weekend? Ask him, and he'd likely answer hosting the second OVOFest, the one night of the year Toronto becomes hip-hop's Mecca. Or maybe he'd get more specific and say having Nas come out to perform "Made You Look" was...
Tags: Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Human Interest, Lil Wayne
Lollapalooza: More than 130 bands and artists on eight stages play 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday in Grant Park; all three days sold out. TODAY 8 p.m. Don’t miss Kid Cudi (9 p.m., Perry’s): Psychedelic soundscapes, introspective funk,...
Lollapalooza 2011 is a wrap with record daily attendance (90,000), adding up to the most populated festival in North America (270,000) over the three-day weekend. Here’s an hour-by-hour account of Sunday’s action, once again from yours truly...
Tags: Bob Marley, History, Kid Cudi, Ric Ocasek, Lollapalooza
In the months between the release of Lollapalooza's 2011 lineup, and the festival's 20th anniversary this past weekend, general consensus was that the festival had gone mainstream. The festival's playful title may have felt almost like a smirking misnomer...
The city's trendiest spots were swarming with celebrities from the sports and entertainment world this past Lollapalooza weekend — from what I hear. I didn't actually see too many. In what became a reoccurring theme throughout the weekend, they...
Wesley CaseHere’s an understatement: the rap blogs were busy yesterday. It seemed like every hour, there was another leak from a big-name artist. Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean and Lil Wayne were all victims of Hulkshare liberation. But now for the important part:...
Tags: Eminem, Kanye West, YouTube, Marvin Gaye, Human Interest
The Religion WorldHoly rhythmical hip-hop, Batman! Perfect entrance for a post about gospel rap, huh? Holy hip-hop. Get it? Never mind. Having older parents—what most young adults would call grandparent age these days– which they finally are–I had the...
Ministry of GossipJay-Z and Kanye West showed Monday for "Watch the Throne" listening party in New York. Also spotted: Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Kelly Ripa, Rachel Zoe, Jessica Seinfeld and more....
Ministry of GossipMTV VMAs weekend brought a slew of pre-parties, attended by Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Shia LaBeouf, Joe Jonas, Chelsea Handler, Jon Hamm and more. The VMAs -- Video Music Awards -- are Sunday night....
Baltimore Sun reporterFrom the Midnight Sun blog: Rock The Bells had the potential to be epic. The tour, which came to Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, boasted some of hip-hop's most legendary acts: Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg and A Tribe...
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