Tag Archives: hip-hop

NEW YORK CITY: Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Accused Of Molesting Several Young Boys

For several days New York City’s music sites have been consumed with explosive allegations of child molestation against hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose 1982 global smash Planet Rock virtually created the electro and freestyle genres that dominated airwaves in the 80s and continues to influence much of current dance music. From today’s New York Daily News: Afrika Bambaataa was not ...

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Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) [VIDEO]

The marionettes are an interesting touch. TIME recaps: In the decade between her last solo album and her show-stealing appearance at Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show this year, Missy Elliott has been relatively quiet, writing and producing for other artists and making the occasional guest appearance. But on Thursday, she released “WTF (Where They From),” which features her old ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Superfruit – Hip-Hop Goes Broadway

Superfruit, who are the two gay members of the Grammy-winning Pentatonix, are closing in on a million views with their Broadway take on some recent hip-hop hits.

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Mark Ronson On Sampling

Clip recap: Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. Watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that has been reimagined for ...

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NYC Radio Star Mr. Cee Un-Resigns After Acknowledging Sex With Trans Prostitute

Yesterday New York City hip-hop radio star Mr. Cee acknowledged having sex with a transgender sex worker in a tearful 30-minute interview on his own station, which then published a statement accepting his resignation and wishing him well. But almost immediately, there was another development. On Thursday afternoon, following the urging of Mr. Darden during the morning interview, Mister Cee ...

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Gay-Friendly Hip-Hop Duo Tops Chart

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the hip-hop duo who rocketed to national prominence via Same Love, their message of gay acceptance, today topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart with their follow-up single, Thrift Shop.  The track is also #1 on the magazine’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.  If, somehow, you have not yet heard the impossibly catchy Thrift Shop, here it is.

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Jake Shears Vs Azealia Banks

    Yesterday former Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears took on his one-time collaborator Azealia Banks over her “faggot” attack on Perez Hilton.  GLAAD also responded yesterday on their blog: Our society knows that “fa**ot” is a derogatory word for gay men, and in this case it was used to attack someone in a very public altercation with hundreds of ...

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Tweet Of The Day – Azealia Banks

The above tweet from hip-hop/dance artist Azealia Banks came after this: US rapper Azealia Banks has defended calling the US entertainment blogger Perez Hilton a faggot during a Twitter argument. The argument began after Hilton posted a criticism of Banks’s feuds with other artists. She then called him “dickbreath” and told him to “gobble a dick”. Hilton told Banks, who ...

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Frank Ocean On Coming Out

“The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long. I’ve been sad again since, but it’s a totally different take on sad. There’s just ...

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Jay-Z – 99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One

From today’s Obama rally. Wingnuts are already screaming.

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TheFour: Jay-Z For Marriage

Details.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Same Love

(Tipped by JMG reader Casey)

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Mariah Carey – Triumphant

Carey’s publicist says this might be “too urban for JMG” but assures me that there are “slamming club mixes” coming. Let’s hope so because I couldn’t make it halfway through this version. The publicist is right about Mariah’s club mixes though, they usually turn me around on tracks I’d been “meh” on. Example.

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Out Singer Frank Ocean Tops R&B Chart

Newly out R&B star Frank Ocean debuted at the pinnacle of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week. (I’m fairly sure this is the first time that an already out artist has achieved this.) In fact, Billboard’s chart-watch column notes that Ocean’s first week sales are more than three times what had been forecast before he came out. Ocean also debuted ...

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HomoQuotable – Frank Ocean

“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with feeling. No ...

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Nicki Minaj – Stupid Hoe

A commenter on Stereogum says: “Hip-Hop has come so far. It used to be that only men were allowed to make shitty misogynistic songs with obnoxious beats. This song is a true feminist victory.” NSFW.

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Rapper Spelling Bee

Straight from the Jay-Emm-Gee.

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99 Problems But Royalties Ain’t One

Hip-hop zillionaire Jay-Z is launching a new clothing line about the 99%. But the profits will remain with the 1%, Jay-Z. Jay-Z is releasing a new line of T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday via his Rocawear clothing label, but he doesn’t plan to share any of the profits with the protesters. The rapper was recently ...

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Rapper Heavy D Dies At Age 44

I accidentally met Heavy D at a 1993 Brand New Heavies concert at Manhattan’s Marquee Ballroom when he turned to apologize for stepping on my foot. (It was a night of heavies.) TMZ reports that he was found dead at his home today from causes presently unknown.

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Tweet Of The Day – Russell Simmons

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