September 1, 2012 |
And so, it is finally upon us. The inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, headlined and "curated" - the most overused word in pop culture these days - by Jay-Z will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. It'll be the first-ever paid event on the city's museum-lined grand boulevard where free fireworks and music celebrations are held annually. With the most respected rapper in the game and grunge survivors Pearl Jam divvying up headliner duties, plus significant electronic dance music (EDM)
August 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A hip-hop mogul who managed Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday in an apparent suicide, police said. Chris Lighty, 44, was discovered at his home in the Bronx with a gunshot wound to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No note was recovered, but a 9 mm handgun was found at the scene and there was no sign of forced entry, said Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department.
August 31, 2012
Chris Lighty, 44, an influential manager of hip-hop stars like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, and Diddy, was found dead Thursday morning at his home in New York City, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said that they were investigating the death as a suicide. A representative of his company, Primary Violator, did not immediately respond to requests for information. One of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business, Mr. Lighty helped establish the genre as a major commercial force - complete with huge record deals and tie-ins with commercial brands - during its peak in the 1990s and early 2000s.
August 24, 2012 |
Live, Kitty Pryde is a walking paradox, a wound-up ball of nervous insecurity who can summon the bravado it takes to command those in her crowd to bow their heads in prayer to Justin Bieber. ("Dear Bieber, please stop singing about sex. ") Makes sense. She's a walking paradox in everyday life, too, a teenage, white-as-snow redheaded Claire's employee from Daytona Beach, Fla., who, depending on your view, is either hip hop's unlikely savior or the final nail in the coffin of the once-proud genre.
August 22, 2012 |
There's not going to be a giant fence surrounding the big Made in America music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend. There will be two. And city officials say that will be sufficient to provide concertgoers with a safe, enjoyable experience and to keep out those who don't buy tickets for the Parkway's first-ever paid event. Twelve days before the first chord is to be struck, the City of Philadelphia on Monday released preliminary details about how the event will function and promised to release more throughout the week.
August 21, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Tip "T.I. " Harris has spent considerable time in recording studios and a prison cell. He's now occupying an entirely different kind of box: Your TV set. The Grammy-winning rapper is building an acting career by appearing alongside Kelsey Grammer in Boss, the Starz drama that kicked off its second season Friday. For those who have seen T.I. in the feature films American Gangster and Takers , it's no surprise that Harris, playing a former gangbanger trying to take new turf in City Hall politics, is good.
August 8, 2012 |
When Chuck D, front man of the seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, proclaimed that rap music "is CNN for black people," he spoke a truism of the time. By the late '80's, the Reagan years had stripped poor communities bare, crack cocaine had seeped in, police brutality ran rampant, and socially conscious groups like PE spit out the 'hood's hard-core truths with all of the delicacy of a sledgehammer. But try to find a CNN MC today. For every Mos Def or Talib Kweli, there's a surplus of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj wannabes - all puffed-up and profane style rather than socially charged substance.
August 4, 2012
'We got a lot of feedback last year about the music programming" for the 2nd Street Festival, says Levi Landis, executive director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society. "And one thing we heard over and over from people was that they wanted more music. So this year, we've staggered the start times from stage to stage so that no matter where you are during the festival, there's going to be someone performing live music very close by. " There are a lot of great acts to catch. Here are five: Man Man (5 p.m., Piazza Stage)
July 30, 2012
Shouldn't the first question be "Is Frank Ocean good?" rather than "Is Frank Ocean gay?" Of course, it should, so let's start off by answering that query. Frank Ocean, the 24-year-old R&B singer, songwriter, and producer who took the frequently homophobic hip-hop world by surprise July 4 by revealing on his Tumblr blog that his first love was a man, is very good. When he played a sold-out show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Ocean made abundantly clear what was already obvious to anyone who has been listening to his music, starting with nostalgia, Ultra , the 2011 mixtape that was released (and remains available)