November 29, 2011 |
If Jay-Z and Kanye West didn't think their collaboration was an event, they wouldn't have called it "Watch the Throne. " In terms of modesty, these guys exist somewhere between "none" and "LeBron James. " Of course, public response certainly has matched the project's self-satisfaction. Bloggers breathlessly dissected early singles "H.A.M. " and "Otis"; a freaking New York planetarium housed the record's listening party; and the album's stunningly un-leaked release brought music fans together, at least on Twitter, for a day of collective listening.
January 30, 2014 |
*** (of 4) Most would agree that one characteristic of great musicians is the ability to identify with the problems of the average listener. Two questions, though: What if your biggest problem is that you're just too fresh? What if you have an abundance of women at your disposal, and you're just not sure how many of them would fit into a beach cabana? If these are your everyday worries, rising rap star Ty Dolla $ign feels your pain. In recent years Ty (real name: Tyrone Griffin)
April 10, 2012 |
Wednesday marks the biggest day in the history of New York University: Bay Area rapper/Internet force of nature Lil B The Based God will hold a lecture at the school's Kimmel Center. "It's gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed," he told FUSE. The gambit seems to have paid off: The announcement became a worldwide trending topic after he tweeted it. The Based God isn't the first rapper to grace the hallowed halls of academia. UGK member Bun B teaches a class at Rice University in Houston and...
April 3, 2012 |
*** (out of four) No, Nicki Minaj still hasn't made an album that consistently brandishes her best asset. (Not that one, dude.) I'm fine with that. Of course, it would be great if Minaj uncorked the jaw-dropping skills flashed in guest spots on Kanye West's “Monster” for an entire record. In its most exhilarating moments, her flow sounds like a rap roller coaster with a mad scientist running the controls. Still, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” lands closer to the center of the target than its predecessor, “Pink Friday.” As if...
June 26, 2013 |
EAT Sweet Summer Thursday: Urban Gardens Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 773-755-5100 Grab dinner from the ChiTownTamale, Ice-Cubed and Flirty Cupcakes food trucks, take a guided edible nature walk, learn about urban chicken raising with Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost and tour exhibitions including "Food: The Nature of Eating," insect inspections, a butterfly haven and more. 5-9 p.m. No cover; donations accepted. DRINK Total Therapy Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975 Harlem rapper Wavy Spice...
April 22, 2014 |
It's probably not a coincidence that everyone involved with the Under the Influence of Music Tour 2014, arriving in Tinley Park on Aug. 5 and at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Aug. 9, has expressed strong affection for pot, and that tickets for the shows go on sale at 4:20 p.m. Friday. I'm not saying this concert will be heavy on marijuana use, just that you might be as far away as Lake Geneva and still able to catch a contact high. Maybe pack some chips? Anyway, the tour, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini,...