July 13, 2016 |
Lee Mazin never thought she'd be on a reality show, but on Tuesday night, she's going prime time. The South Philadelphia native (and 2015 Daily News Sexy Single) will join the cast of Oxygen's Sisterhood of Hip Hop , a show that follows five women making their mark on the male-dominant rap game. Each of the women has her own distinct musical style, but they work together to get past personal and professional obstacles. The ladies also receive guidance from renowned mentors like MC Lyte, Irv Gotti, and Trina.
July 12, 2016 |
_ VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. 9 p.m. Monday, VH1. Awards show returns after a six-year absence, with an emphasis this year on rap's female players. Philadelphia's Eve (above) hosts and honorees include Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa. _ MAYA & MARTY. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Maya & Marty. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. South Jersey's Kelly Ripa will be interviewed by Martin Short's Jiminy Glick in the season finale of the summer variety show. Other guests include Steve Martin, Emma Stone and Sean Hayes.
July 2, 2016 |
Joseph "DJ Too Tuff" Hicks was spinning records under I-95 during a graffiti party at South Philadelphia's FDR Park in 2013, when he met the man who allegedly killed his own wife with a crossbow Sunday night. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I see something familiar when I look at you. It looks like you may be going through a bit of pain,' " Hicks recalled. "He said, 'If you want to learn a different way to live, I have something to offer you.' " Hicks, of the Philly hip-hop act Tuff Crew, said in an interview Thursday that Paul 'Ku Ku' Kuzan offered him a life of sobriety and a room to rent in his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
April 23, 2016 |
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
April 13, 2016 |
Gay rights have made some advances in recent years, but coming out still entails struggles, especially if you're an electronic rap artist, several of whom will perform in Philadelphia this month. Cakes da Killa, who has just reissued his 2015 Hunger Pangs with additional material, has his own strong theory about being a gay man in hip-hop, whether it's sensualized or electro-fied. "I just do me and walk in my truth," he says proudly. "How the public digests the content is their decision.
January 29, 2016 |
IT WAS a busy day in hip hop yesterday. Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa got in a Twitter feud, in which both made comments about Philly girl Amber Rose and Amber responded with words NSFT (Not Suitable For Tattle). B.o.B. got in a Twitter argument with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about whether the earth was flat. Yes, flat. B.o.B. said yes. Tyson said no. We're siding with Tyson. And in sort of related news, Rob Kardashian is rumored to be dating Blac Chyna who was Tyga 's fiance before he started dating Kylie Jenner , and the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan is in a tizzy over Rob's betrayal.
November 11, 2015 |
One of the much-felt but little-addressed hurdles for classical music's prospects is its glaring lack of cool. Black Violin is on the case, and if you saw the violin-viola duo's show Sunday afternoon at World Cafe Live, you probably left feeling that this big image problem had landed in good hands. Let me say straight off that the set of a dozen and a half songs blending hip-hop with classical string technique isn't a cup of tea likely to appeal to core classical fans. It's a highly amplified, electronically enhanced, drum-heavy and monotonous brew of songs exclusively four-four, with nearly all the pieces landing loudly on beats two and four.
September 26, 2015 |
Weeks after the hip-hop-heavy Made in America weekend, this year's most adventurous rap lineup sneaked into Philly while the rest of the world was concentrating on the pope's arrival: Wednesday's gig with A$AP Rocky, the madcap likes of Tyler, the Creator, and Danny Brown, and dread MC Vince Staples on Festival Pier. "We're not about fake pop [expletive]," yelled Rocky, the headliner, talking about the underground nature of the night's quartet of rappers (Rocky is signed to Sony/RCA for big money, but one man's underground is another's pocket change.)
September 4, 2015 |
In the 1993 film A Bronx Tale , Calagero asks Sonny: "Is it better to be loved or feared?" Taylor Swift manages both. Whether it's removing her entire catalogue of music from Spotify or gathering in four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (including a controversial Video of the Year), Swift is a formidable - and, yes, feared - force in music and the music industry. As for love, when Swift and Nicki Minaj embraced on the VMA stage on Sunday, it was just the latest of many intriguing public displays of affection between Swift and the hip-hop world.
August 25, 2015 |
Now that "Straight Outta Compton" has proven to be a bigger hit than anticipated, would it surprise anyone if there's a rush of hip-hop biopics? How about "Don't Believe the Hype," the Public Enemy story. What about " Biggie vs. Tupac ," or Run-DMC 's "Walk This Way. " There's nothing that Hollywood likes better than finding a new potential sweet spot of filmgoers where it had never looked previously. "Compton" is an unquestionable hit. The movie finished in the top spot for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday.