Holy Rollers - Review

Jesse Eisenberg burnishes some indy cred »»


Nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night. The broadcast will take place Jan. 31, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is a shortened list of nominees from the major categories... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Snapshot

As far as I can piece together, I made this mixtape specifically because I was going up to Lafayette for my Spring Break '98 (it was great having cousins in PA when I was in MD). I'm pretty sure I made it for the long bus ride. Anyway, it's a dope little snapshot into me from 11 years ago. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Hip Hop's Art Garfunkel

I'll never forget it; it was late August 2001. That's when I became a committed fan of Roc-A-Fella Records, right after hearing the bootleg of The Blueprint. The beats sounded like the evolution of the sound that was introduced on Jay-Z's previous album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia—it was a soulful throwback, sample-heavy yet modern. And it sounded like nothing else. Flash-forward eight years... Kanye West, one of the architects of that sound, is a huge star. Just Blaze is the Art Garfunkel to West's Paul Simon and it's a shame because the guy is just as talented behind the boards. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Missin' Mr. Yancey

I really do miss Dilla. Even though he has gems that are still being released, the fact that eventually his back catalogue will run out really bums me out. But I'm not going to dwell on his death—I'm just going to enjoy the music he left. The first time I became aware of Dilla was on The Pharcyde's sophomore release, Labcabincalifornia. I picked up that album, and as I listened to it, I read the liner notes (because I'm one of those people), noticing a few things. Firstly, I noticed the absence of J Swift. Secondly, I noticed that Diamond D produced a cut. But lastly I noticed that Jay Dee not only produce quite a few tracks on the album, but quite a few of the songs that I enjoyed the most. It was 1995 and that was my first impression of Dilla. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Best of 2008

2008 was a nutty year. ... Local record stores moved closer to extinction, rap continued its descent into inanity and BET is still the most depressing channel. ... But why dwell on the negative? Here are my picks for the best albums of 2008, in alphabetical order, as always. ... »»

MGF Reviews Q-Tip - Open

Q-Tip - Open J Records (Release date N/A) Hip-Hop Way back in 2002, Q-Tip tried to release a sophomore album. Kamaal the Abstract featured live instruments accompanied by more singing than rapping, and was promptly shelved, but not before review copies were sent out to media outlets. Q-Tip secured a release from his label, Arista, seeking refuge on J Records, where he began work on an alternate album, Open, which was intended to be released in 2005. »»

Excerpts from This Morning's Alphabits: Cup Runneth Over

Common, Eminem, 88 Keys, Q-Tip, Jazzanova. I have gotten my hands on music from the likes of the aforementioned artists recently and have blissfully reorganized my playlist, titled Random Dope. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Finally!

Something momentous happened on Tuesday. It was something that was a long time coming and that I wasn't quite sure that I'd be alive to see. It meant a lot to blacks and whites and even resonated with people in other countries. I mean, this guy has really impacted countless lives. I'm just glad that I'm going to be able to tell my kids where I was when »»

Featured Poll

Who would win in a battle royal?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Recent Comments

» more comments

Search Pulse