Old School Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From the 1999 Source Awards

    This month marks 15 years since The 1999 Source Awards were broadcast nationwide on UPN. While at first glance it may seem inconsequential to note the anniversary of yet another award show, these particular Source Awards were a landmark event for many reasons. Recorded at Los Angeles' Pantages Theat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 19, 2013

    Flashback Jack

    Honda Center

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Five Best Beavis and Butthead Music Video Riffings of All Time

    Last weekend marked twenty wonderful years since MTV aired the first episode of "Beavis and Butthead." While the duo changed the way the world viewed Generation X, as well as ushered in one of the sharpest satires of the 90s, it also popularized the idea of video "riffing" to a brand new audience. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

    That's right folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday where absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Five Hip-Hop Artists Who Would Make Absurd Adult Film Stars

    Careers in music, especially today, are among the rockiest paths of employment one could venture into. That said, it's understandable certain artists would want to make a little extra on the side or have a safety net if music stops paying the bills. But when rap artist Mystikal recently boasted that ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2012

    Martin Sanchez

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The MTV Video Music Awards' Five Most Underrated Performances

    See Also: *The MTV Video Music Awards' Five Most Iconic Performances *Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster? *Five Artists (Besides Lil Wayne) Who Think New York SucksWith tonight's MTV Video Music Awards as the hot topic on everybody's lips, the pop culture world is zeroed in on w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced

    Last night, the folks at Guerilla Union announced the lineup and dates for Rock the Bells 2012 and a couple new surprises to its format.In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Coachella's decision to clone itself, this year's Rock the Bells will be expanding its lineup to two co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Reactions To The Deaths Of Adam Yauch And Whitney Houston Show Us Who We Are As a Society

    See also: *We Remember Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, Dead at 47 *Pennywise's Tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Is Punk as Fuck Whenever a musician dies, it seems like casual fans come out of the woodwork to celebrate the fallen star's life. In February, you couldn't walk 14 steps or go tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Pennywise's Tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Is Punk as Fuck

    See also: *Our review of KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta *Shiny, New Pennywise: Even without Jim Lindberg, their latest set is as fresh as ever *We Remember Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, Dead at 47 We recognize it was a nice gesture. But Coldplay's tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch at the Holly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    AWOLNATION on Record Store Day at Coachella, and Their First Albums

    Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012

    The Lions

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

    ​Fifteen rockers are up to bat for the five available slots at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this October. The nominee list (posted after the jump, along with our Top Five picks) has garnered mixed responses from the public--with some expressing outrage over the inclusion (and excl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    R.I.P. Jeff Porcaro: Five of the Legendary Toto Drummer's Best Songs and How They've Been Sampled, on the 19th Anniversary of his Death

    ​People say that even without Toto, Jeff Porcaro would've cemented his place in music history because of the high caliber of his drumming. It's said to have defined much of the music produced in the late '70s and '80s. Born into a musical family, he toured and/or recorded with Sonny and Cher as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    An 'Ode to Women' From Your Best Friend's Ex--Really?

    ​For Canadian rap-rockers Your Best Friend's Ex, the definition of an ode as a lyrical verse in praise of something inspiring somehow got horribly lost in the mix. Their cheap trick of a first single, "Ode to Women," manages to peddle "I said, bitch, shut your mouth" as a chorus. Feeling poetic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    KRS-One at Detroit Bar Last Night

    Rebecca Aranda​KRS-OneMarch 17, 2011 Detroit Bar It seems fitting that KRS-One decided to perform on St. Patrick's Day. As one of hip-hop's true-to-life founding fathers, deviating from the cookie cutter and weeding out the OG's from the bustas is just his forte, so it makes sense KRS picked this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    "Merry Christmas, Motherfuckers!": Seven Favorite Hip-Hop Holiday Songs

    ​While it doesn't happen too much anymore these days, the hip-hop world has been known to put out a holiday album or two--and sometimes the  too-bright cheerfulness of Christmas carols pairs up extra nicely with the often humorous and/or the sometimes, uh, adult content of the lyrics.After th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010
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    June 8, 2010

    Rock The Bells: Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest Added To Lineup

    ​[via MTV] Why, Urb Was Right After All: When they announced that Lauryn Hill was going to be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety last month, then were proven wrong when the lineup was announced and there was no Fugees lead singer in sight.  Instead, only Wu-Tang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Record Review: LMNO, 'Next In Line'

    ​The Hype: For the average MC, dropping three full-length albums in one year is a feat worth celebrating. And with the release of rapper LMNO's latest album, Next In Line (digitally released today on Long Beach-based Up Above Records), we're sure he's celebrating, too.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    MCA...Getting Better

    ​MCA, one third of my favorite band of all time, Beastie Boys, posted a message on the group's mailing list announcing his status. In case you didn't know, the man born Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid salivary gland. He had surgery, kicked it with the Dalai Lama and is getting ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon: Savior of Hip Hop?

      For some reason, when ?uestlove announced in November that The Roots would cease touring and become the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, there was minor outrage. "Black Thought opening for Jimmy Fallon every night is the cultural equivalent of Miles Davis playing his horn on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    More Beastie Boys News

    Remember when I told you how the Beastie Boys 1992 classic Check Your Head was being re-released with all sorts of extra goodies? If not, click here. In continuing with this fine tradition (can something be a tradition after it happens twice? I think so), the trio's 1994 follow-up, Ill Communication ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Old School Hip-Hop: Back from the Dead

    I've been a Sirius Satellite subscriber (hello alliteration) since the night before Howard Stern broadcast his first censorship-free show. But in that time, I've come to love certain aspects of the other channels and have recommended this product to everyone from friends to my parents.Sirius and XM, ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008
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    January 10, 2008


    Hebrew School Dropouts

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2007

    Photos: The Beastie Boys in L.A.

    Tonight, the Beastie Boys play at the Wiltern. Click the image for photos from their sold-out show at the Greek Theater on the 19th:

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Cream of Elite

    Sporting perhaps the greatest hip-hop bill ever, Rock the Bells enshrines rap's history—and foreshadows its future

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    CD Review

    The Beastie Boys, The Mix-Up (Capitol)

  • Music

    March 8, 2007

    Music Please

    EPMD Back To Back In Business

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    August 3, 2006



  • Film

    July 20, 2006

    Candid Cameras

    OnDVD: Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Dead Hot Crazy

    NOV. 24 DEC. 1

  • Unknown

    August 11, 2005
  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Alone in the Dark

    Never heard of Writers Block?

  • Music

    February 17, 2005
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    October 28, 2004
  • Columns

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    September 16, 2004
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    September 9, 2004

    Ill Communicators

    Politics and the Beastie Boys dont mix

  • Music

    August 19, 2004
  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Organic Culture

    Cal State Fullertons Sol of Hip-Hop

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    Kike on the Mic!

    Hip Hop Hoodios? Jew betcha!

  • Film

    March 14, 2002

    All That Scratchings Making Me Bitch

    Scratch barely scratches the surface

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    The Return of Q

    The techno artist has a new label, a new album and the same old subatomic attention to detail in every measure

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    The King of Rock

    There is none higher

  • Features

    July 29, 1999

    The Ugly Reality

    Ugly Duckling learns a beautiful lesson about the universality of alcohol and skanks

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