Everytime we're on deadline in the XLR8R San Francisco office we start going a little insane. Actually a lot insane. This leads to stuff like playing cardboard guitars, seeing if we can still do backbends (we can't), making runs to eat disgusting food we probably shouldn't, and finally coming to our senses to have a dance party.Read more »
Erstwhile Bad Boy rapper G-Dep, who you might possibly remember from the single "Special Delivery" and pretty much nothing else, has finally gotten out of the pen.
So what hip-hop cred-increasing crime was he in for? Pushing weight upstate? Cop killa? Pushing keys from overseas? No, he was behind bars for–and I'm not making this up–throwing a hissy-fit at a T-mobile store and breaking a display model.
Wax Tailor, real name JC le Saout and France's answer to hip-hop meets downtempo, accomplished something of a feat in the music world with his debut album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies. He released the record himself and still secured international distribution and attention from the U.S. (including 28 straight weeks in the electronic music charts of iTunes). He assembled a live four-piece and toured with Aceyalone and RJD2, and vocally expressed an interest in touring Stateside to show off his sample-laden tracks to a live audience.
Scion, the Toyota sub-brand that understands hip-hop is all about advertisement and youth-oriented product positioning, is once again justifying its existence within the genre (considering that hip-hoppers don't actually, you know, buy Scions). But this time around, the company is doing something that should have been done a long time ago: Making a documentary about Biz Markie.Read more »
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