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M.O.P. Reveal That Even the Porn They Make Is Violent


I suppose it’s no surprise that a group whose 1993 debut single was entitled “How About Some Hardcore?” would one day branch out to explore the various interpretations of the phrase’s meaning. But it’s still more than a little strange watching Billy Danze of Brownsville hip-hop duo M.O.P. explain the plot of the new M.O.P. porn film, Creepers. (Incidentally, shouldn’t that have been the title of the TLC flick?)

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I suppose it’s no surprise that a group whose 1993 debut single was entitled “How About Some Hardcore?” would one day branch out to explore the various interpretations of the phrase’s meaning. But it’s still more than a little strange watching Billy Danze of Brownsville hip-hop duo M.O.P. explain the plot of the new M.O.P. porn film, Creepers. (Incidentally, shouldn’t that have been the title of the TLC flick?)

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New Atmosphere Video Reveals Slug May Be Long-Lost Member of Soul Asylum

ezjd14s0.jpgYou can’t blame Atmosphere for wanting to try something new. The Minneapolis hip-hop duo (rapper Slug/producer Ant) had been running in place since 2002’s God Loves Ugly. It wasn’t that their last album, You Can’t Believe How Much Fun We’re Having was bad; it’s just that there are only so many ways to spin quasi-emo tales of groupies and ex-girlfriends over ’70s soul beats. Atmosphere has a new album coming out later this month called When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold; I would’ve liked to have listened to it, but piracy issues caused Atmosphere’s label, Rhymesayers, to refuse to send out gold-painted press copies. So in retaliation, I’m going to assume from the video for “Guarantee,” the album’s first single, that the next Atmosphere record will be entirely rap-rock.

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ezjd14s0.jpgYou can’t blame Atmosphere for wanting to try something new. The Minneapolis hip-hop duo (rapper Slug/producer Ant) had been running in place since 2002’s God Loves Ugly. It wasn’t that their last album, You Can’t Believe How Much Fun We’re Having was bad; it’s just that there are only so many ways to spin quasi-emo tales of groupies and ex-girlfriends over ’70s soul beats. Atmosphere has a new album coming out later this month called When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold; I would’ve liked to have listened to it, but piracy issues caused Atmosphere’s label, Rhymesayers, to refuse to send out gold-painted press copies. So in retaliation, I’m going to assume from the video for “Guarantee,” the album’s first single, that the next Atmosphere record will be entirely rap-rock.

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A Love That Shall Never Wayne

AP060426038273.jpgLil Wayne will release The Carter III on May 13. Maybe. After all, the guy has spent the last two and a half years doing everything but making actual studio albums: seven or eight mixtapes, dozens of guest appearances, several arrests, and more hype than the“Loungin'” video*. Some of this attention has been warranted. The Carter II, his previous studio effort, is a good but not great record, with “Tha Mobb” ranking as one of the decade’s finest rap songs and “Shooter” impressively meshing hardcore raps with a crossover sensibility (though Alan Thicke will forever out-class his son). Moreover, Wayne’s ascendence benefited heavily from 2005’s ignominious distinction as one of the worst years in rap history, with critics so strapped for music to ride for that they actually tried to convince themselves that Paul Wall and Mike Jones were good.

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AP060426038273.jpgLil Wayne will release The Carter III on May 13. Maybe. After all, the guy has spent the last two and a half years doing everything but making actual studio albums: seven or eight mixtapes, dozens of guest appearances, several arrests, and more hype than the“Loungin'” video*. Some of this attention has been warranted. The Carter II, his previous studio effort, is a good but not great record, with “Tha Mobb” ranking as one of the decade’s finest rap songs and “Shooter” impressively meshing hardcore raps with a crossover sensibility (though Alan Thicke will forever out-class his son). Moreover, Wayne’s ascendence benefited heavily from 2005’s ignominious distinction as one of the worst years in rap history, with critics so strapped for music to ride for that they actually tried to convince themselves that Paul Wall and Mike Jones were good.

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Shock G Reveals That Tupac Was Into Orgies, Basketball, Putting the Satin On Your Panties

shockg.jpgNoz of Cocaine Blunts has unearthed news of what has the potential to the best autobiography since Jose Canseco’s Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big*. The book in question is Producing a Genius, a still-in-progress work by Shock-G, a.k.a. Humpty Hump, a.k.a. the leader of seminal ’90s rap group Digital Underground. According to Shock’s MySpace blog, “the book will chronical [sic], my 6 years, 4 tours, 19 studio sessions, 7 video shoots, 13 house parties, 2 courtroom cases, 5 basketball games, 3 streetfights, 4 arrests/police run-ins, dozens of tag-team girl trade-off experiences inwhich [sic] I was side by side with Tupac, and what it was like to record the young genius in the early years of his career, a time that he himself called the best time of his life.”

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shockg.jpgNoz of Cocaine Blunts has unearthed news of what has the potential to the best autobiography since Jose Canseco’s Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big*. The book in question is Producing a Genius, a still-in-progress work by Shock-G, a.k.a. Humpty Hump, a.k.a. the leader of seminal ’90s rap group Digital Underground. According to Shock’s MySpace blog, “the book will chronical [sic], my 6 years, 4 tours, 19 studio sessions, 7 video shoots, 13 house parties, 2 courtroom cases, 5 basketball games, 3 streetfights, 4 arrests/police run-ins, dozens of tag-team girl trade-off experiences inwhich [sic] I was side by side with Tupac, and what it was like to record the young genius in the early years of his career, a time that he himself called the best time of his life.”

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Allow Myself To Introduce… Myself

AP050219023954.jpgSalutations, Idolator readers: My name is Jeff Weiss and I will be your guest-blogger today. Usually, I issue dubious, drugged screeds at my other Internet outpost, The Passion of the Weiss. Occasionally, I accept shiny beads and metallic tokens to write about music for theLA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. The remainder of my days are spent drinking Cisco, listening to Crime Mob b-sides and endlessly watching re-reruns of My Two Dads. (They have a name for those who claimed that Paul Reiser was never great prior to Mad About You: Philistines.)

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AP050219023954.jpgSalutations, Idolator readers: My name is Jeff Weiss and I will be your guest-blogger today. Usually, I issue dubious, drugged screeds at my other Internet outpost, The Passion of the Weiss. Occasionally, I accept shiny beads and metallic tokens to write about music for theLA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. The remainder of my days are spent drinking Cisco, listening to Crime Mob b-sides and endlessly watching re-reruns of My Two Dads. (They have a name for those who claimed that Paul Reiser was never great prior to Mad About You: Philistines.)

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In his ongoing, always edifying “Sample Deconstruction” series, Dan Love of From Da Bricks picks apart Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down Remix” and the backbone of the Beatminerz’ beat: the drums from the LaFayette Afro Rock Band’s stunning “Hibache” and Donald Byrd’s “Wind Parade.” More »

In his ongoing, always edifying “Sample Deconstruction” series, Dan Love of From Da Bricks picks apart Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down Remix” and the backbone of the Beatminerz’ beat: the drums from the LaFayette Afro Rock Band’s stunning “Hibache” and Donald Byrd’s “Wind Parade.” More »


K-Mart: Your Source For $254.99 Rap CDs With “Tougher-Than-Leather Flows That Holler Down Faggots”

kmart_logo.gifWhile Target rightfully gets the business of trust-fundless hipsters, Isaac Mizrahi-lovers, and anyone with a sound eye for a bargain, K-Mart is usually seen as an afterthought. No longer. According to the K-Mart website, right now, on-sale for $254.99, one can pick up a copy of Philadelphia underground rappers Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Legacy of Blood.” Granted, this seems a tad excessive, but it’s actually an amazing bargain considering the record is marked down from its original price of $849.99. For those unfamiliar with the gruff, science-fiction laced work of the Babygrande recording artists, K-Mart is also helpful enough to provide a description.

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kmart_logo.gifWhile Target rightfully gets the business of trust-fundless hipsters, Isaac Mizrahi-lovers, and anyone with a sound eye for a bargain, K-Mart is usually seen as an afterthought. No longer. According to the K-Mart website, right now, on-sale for $254.99, one can pick up a copy of Philadelphia underground rappers Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Legacy of Blood.” Granted, this seems a tad excessive, but it’s actually an amazing bargain considering the record is marked down from its original price of $849.99. For those unfamiliar with the gruff, science-fiction laced work of the Babygrande recording artists, K-Mart is also helpful enough to provide a description.

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Hey, Van Halen Sold A Lot of Records After Dave Left

One of the hardest things to do as a human being is to parse the emotional from the rational part of your brain, especially when it comes to music. More »

One of the hardest things to do as a human being is to parse the emotional from the rational part of your brain, especially when it comes to music. More »

New Blu & Exile Video Puts Rhymefest’s Entire Career In Question


Its got to be hard being Rhymefest. The guy writes “Jesus Walks” and Kanye gets all the love and acclaim. He signs with Mark Ronson and releases Blue Collar, a decent record memorable only because it managed to be one of Ronson’s rare failures. And now, Blu and Exile come out with the video for “Blue Collar Worker,” one of the finer songs off of the duo’s 2007 LP, Below the Heavens.

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Its got to be hard being Rhymefest. The guy writes “Jesus Walks” and Kanye gets all the love and acclaim. He signs with Mark Ronson and releases Blue Collar, a decent record memorable only because it managed to be one of Ronson’s rare failures. And now, Blu and Exile come out with the video for “Blue Collar Worker,” one of the finer songs off of the duo’s 2007 LP, Below the Heavens.

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One of the hardest shows to get into at this year’s SXSW was an acoustic performance from M. Ward and Jim James held at the 300-person capacity St. David’s Church. More »

One of the hardest shows to get into at this year’s SXSW was an acoustic performance from M. Ward and Jim James held at the 300-person capacity St. David’s Church. More »


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