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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.

jweiss24 / April 9, 2008

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

You 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…

jweiss24 / April 2, 2008

A Love That Shall Never Wayne

Lil 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

jweiss24 / April 1, 2008

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

Noz 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 grou…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

Allow Myself To Introduce… Myself

Salutations, 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…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

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.”…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

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

While 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.”…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

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.

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

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…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

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.

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008

Music Executives Discuss Another Hair-Brained Scheme To Save The Industry

On “Check the Rime,” Q-Tip may have once rapped that “record industry people probably smoke crack, look at the way they act.” And indeed crack-smoking seems to be the most logical explanation for the biz’s complete and utter inaction toward writing a profitable fiscal model eight years into the 21st century. Now, according to the…

jweiss24 / March 28, 2008