| Dec 2, 2009
| 9:34 PM
CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: A big Grammy nomination: This show has got to go RECORD OF THE YEAR "Halo," Beyonce "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon "Poker Face," Lady Gaga "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift......
| Sep 28, 2009
| 4:34 AM
???I???ve been to a lot of charity events, but I???ve never seen anything like this.??? Old-school rapper Heavy D surveyed the sold-out Hollywood Palladium crowd gathered for the second annual ???Common & Friends,??? a star-studded affair that featured...
| Aug 11, 2008
You know a music festival is stacked to the gills with talent when Rakim, considered the father of modern hip-hop lyricism, is stuck playing the 2:30 p.m. slot in the scorching San Bernardino summer sun.
But Rock the Bells isn't just any festival, having...
| Sep 7, 2008
LOOKING classic-casual in a summer blazer, gray fedora and matching silk scarf, Ne-Yo leaned over his laptop in a West Hollywood recording studio one mid- August afternoon, playing selections from "Year of the Gentleman," his third solo album, out Sept....
| Sep 7, 2008
WHEN IT comes to sportswear logos, Fila's rounded "F" is only slightly less iconic than Adidas' triple stripes and the Nike swoosh. The '70s tennis star Björn Borg grand-slammed his way into sports history wearing the F-crest on his chest, and less than a...
| Jun 26, 2008
Watching Al Green sing live should be on any list of "Things to Do Before You Die." So it was understandable that at the rehearsals the day before Tuesday night’s BET Awards, pre-show buzz revolved not around much-anticipated performances from...
| Jul 12, 2008
'Untitled' (Def Jam)
WHEN Nas dropped "Illmatic" in 1994, the 20-year-old seemed preternaturally wise, an old soul sketching the crack- and gun-infested inferno raging outside his project walls. Fourteen years later that precocity has morphed...
| Jan 21, 2008
The iced-out money mongering that ushered a new school of rap into vogue around the turn of this century has had an adverse effect on the tried-and-true taxonomy -- two MCs and one DJ -- that reigned for much of hip-hop's golden age. Think about it -- two...
| Apr 30, 1999
He's the hottest executive in the music industry's fastest-growing segment. He pals around the Hamptons with the likes of Martha Stewart, Donald Trump and billionaire Ronald Perelman. Forbes magazine put him on its cover last month, proclaiming him one of...
| Jan 5, 1997
Maybe the pop world is finally ready to believe what Calendar predicted nearly four years ago: that by concentrating on cutting-edge rock and rap music, upstart Interscope Records would become the envy of the music industry.
The Westwood-based company,...
| Nov 26, 2013
** (out of four)
Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie.
There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...