December 31, 2011 |
Diplo has come a long way since he hosted Hollertronix parties at the Ukrainian Club in Northern Liberties in the early '00s. He's gone all the way to 10th and Spring Garden Streets, in fact, where the DJ/producer and BlackBerry salesman played to a sold-out, all-ages crowd Thursday night at Union Transfer. The Mississippi-born, Philadelphia- and Los Angeles-based cultural anthropologist and beat-maker born Wesley Pentz topped an all-local DJ bill that included opener Xaphoon Jones, the nom de rap of Noah Beresin of the hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang, and DJ/producer Dirty South Joe. Jones and Joe warmed up the former Spaghetti Warehouse with the latter, in particular, making the walls quake with booming dubstep and slow-grinding hip-hop.
September 4, 2011
Pop Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal ***1/2) Jail can't stop him. Leaks can't either. Yes, Hova and Kanye had better watch their throne, judging from the boldly regal sound of Tha Carter IV , the latest in a series of royal Lil Wayne efforts. Don't compare IV to Weezy's previous Carter s. That's like pitting Guernica against Les Demoiselles d'Avignon . Listen, instead, for the new jazz Wayne's cooked up on the banging blues of "Blunt Blowing" and the MOR prog-hop of "It's Good," the latter well known for its dis to Jay Z's wealth and comfort.
August 26, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: He's making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. The rapper said he's the first artist to release an album this way after an awards show. Lil Wayne is up for two VMA awards. "Tha Carter IV" will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital outlets. The physical album will hit stores Aug. 29.
August 23, 2011 |
First, Donald Trump bid for the White House. Then Alec Baldwin said he wasn't yet running for mayor of New York, but might. Martin Sheen fans urged him to run for president of Ireland. (He isn't.) Now it's Rob Lowe . Sheen's The West Wing costar tells Fox News' Fox & Friends he won't/might enter national politics. He won't because it's nasty: "When I see the [political] discourse, I definitely think it's better to play politicians [on TV] than actually be them," Lowe says.
June 27, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Chris Brown won a pair of prizes at Sunday's BET Awards. The 21-year-old singer and the night's leading nominee won best male R&B artist and best collaboration for his song "Look At Me Now" with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Nicki Minaj won for best female hip-hop artist. Kanye West won for best male hip-hop artist but wasn't on hand to accept the trophy. Diddy Dirty Money was named best group. Jaden Smith and Willow Smith tied as winners of the Young Stars award.
April 8, 2011
ANEW YORKER ain't nothing but a New Yorker, ain't nothing but a New Yorker. (Am I really this crazy about New York, or just infatuated about New York's most infamous New Yorker?) A hundred-nineteen years ago, on March 26, 1892, New York's most revered citizen died in my hometown. Yet if I take a stroll down my block as I did on March 26, as I did many, many mornings before, the interment of New York's most infamous New Yorker stands erect across the street from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
March 29, 2011
76ers Notes CHICAGO - The only mistake Lou Williams admits making is even mentioning the Lil Wayne concert at all. After Sunday afternoon's overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings, Williams dropped a helpful little tidbit about the team's Saturday night entertainment and said it absolutely did not affect performance. But on Sunday, a lot of folks begged to differ: a concert the night before an early game? "It was a combination of things, and it doesn't seem we came out ready to play," Williams told the media in Sunday's postgame locker room.
March 28, 2011
76ers Notes Lou Williams wasn't alone in having a subpar game Sunday. He shot just 1 for 12, although the one basket was a three-pointer at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime. Williams was at a loss for an answer as to why the team didn't play well, although he did mention attending a concert on Saturday night. "It was a combination of things, and it doesn't seem we came out ready to play," he said. "We took a chance last night by going to the Lil Wayne concert.
March 28, 2011 |
"I am the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen," Lil Wayne told the crowd near the end of his show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. In different circumstances, that might seem a bit of a stretch, but in that moment, it would have been difficult to argue the point. Stoked in no small part by Dwayne Carter's own claims, the debate over whether he is the best rapper alive rages on, but at the top of his game, he is the top of the game. After an eight-month prison term on weapons charges and a middling attempt to incorporate rock elements into his sparse, sweaty Southern hip-hop, he headed back to his roots.
November 5, 2010 |
RAPPER Lil Wayne was released from prison yesterday after serving eight months of a yearlong sentence for weapons possession. CBS News reports that his buddies are planning an "elegant, extravagant evening of celebration and strippers to welcome him home. " An elegant evening with strippers? Is there any other kind? And wouldn't you know it, Lil has already tweeted (it took him only 6 hours, 40 minutes, post-release, according to TMZ). One of the greatest wordsmiths of the modern hip-hop era wrote, "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk.