April 24, 2014 |
What is it about fried chicken sandwich shops that makes them a lightning rod for controversy? A little under two months ago, Leghorn Chicken opened in Ukrainian Village. Though the owners have never said it overtly, several things about it - the Sunday hours, the free condoms at the counter and donations made to gay rights organizations, to name a few - are an obvious middle finger to a certain chicken-centric chain restaurant that shall remain unnamed. Lines were out the door the opening weekend, but not everyone's reaction has been crispy and golden brown.
April 22, 2014 |
We're still holding our breath for "Gangster's Paradise. " On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday, the late night host debuted another single from an unlikely rapper - NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams. After garnering more than 8 million views of his rendition of "Rappers Delight," Fallon's team spliced together footage of Williams to create a spot-on cover of Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice. " Props to the video editor on this one. It's got to take a sharp ear to pick out audio that makes Williams sound like he's belting...
April 22, 2014 |
Saint Millie is screwed. OK, maybe that's pushing it. But it only sort of matters that the 22-year-old Oak Park native (born Milton McKinney) is talented and professional and honest in interviews; that he's personable in ways that rappers often aren't. It's more significant that in the years since rap has moved from party jams over looped disco hits to gritty street narratives to material opulence, the pool of rappers has grown into an ocean. Literally thousands of acts are clamoring for the worldwide superstardom awarded to a select few (like recent...
April 9, 2014 |
Now this in my kind of hippity-hop. On Tuesday's "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performed Broadway versions of famous rap songs. They gave a show-tune makeover to Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe. " At the end of that last song, Hathaway offered a special message to all those "dirty, Hatha-hating, bitch-ass" folks. Want more? Discuss this article and others on Show Patrol's Facebook page .
March 5, 2014 |
Common, Big Boi and eight other hip-hop artists have teamed with HBO to create "Catch the Throne: The Mixtape," a compilation of songs inspired by the hit show "Game of Thrones. " "'Game of Thrones' centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power," Common, the Chicago hip-hop artist and actor, says in this video from Vibe Magazine. The video shows a sampling of his rap, which seems to echo the sentiment: "I sit and think when I'm in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones.
February 26, 2014 |
In the past year and a half or so, independent rapper Macklemore undeniably has become one of the biggest faces in hip-hop. New York rapper Le1f took some issue with that. Le1f, who is gay (and has produced for artists like Spank Rock and Das Racist and released his own acclaimed mixtapes), made waves in August when he went on a lengthy Twitter tirade slamming Macklemore, accusing the rising star of exploiting the gay community for his own gain. Before Le1f's show Friday at Empty Bottle, he connected by phone to elaborate.