Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Fat Tony Stunnaman Creepin' Tom Cruz Smart Ass Black Boy

    Fat Tony and Stunnaman Are 'Creepin' on Your Girl in New Single

    Fat Tony releases his new album Smart Ass Black Boy on June 11 via Young One Records, and the Houston-bred New Underground up-and-comer has shared a fresh taste of the thing to help you get into the mood. Actually, it's not you he's so much interested in but your girl (if you've got one).Tony has teamed up with Lil B's buddy Stunnaman (the Pack) and his main rapping-producing pal Tom Cruz (Double Dragon) to drop "Creepin'," a song that's unabashedly about trying to get at a lady who's clearly off limits. Over the low-slung beat, our host paints a pretty vivid picture: "The next week, she was planning the marriage / But that next Sunday I was in her sheets / On the creep, deep up in her cheeks." Stunna goes wavy for his verse and gives the requisite shout-out to Max B in the process. Cruz gives daps to Colgate and the clean mouthfeel it produces.

  • Rihanna Unapologetic Six Million Sales Albums Wale Bad Remix

    Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' Sells a Milli, Becomes Her Sixth Platinum Album

    Rihanna's Unapologetic has officially gone platinum in the U.S., meaning it's her sixth album to sell a million or more copies. To understand just how remarkable that is, it's worth mentioning she's released seven albums total. Which is remarkable in and of itself when you consider her first album, Music of the Sun, only came out in 2005. The only year in which the Barbadian pop princess hasn't released a full-length of original material since was 2008. Also, she's 25 years old, so WTF.As the Hollywood Reporter, erm, reports, Unapologetic sold 9,000 more copies in the sales week ending May 26, via Nielsen SoundScan, bringing the album's sales to that lusted-after milestone. That LP was released on November 19 and is her fastest climber yet. Of RiRi's seven full-lengths only her debut has failed to break seven figures, having moved 607,000 units to date.

  • Bass Drum of Death 'Crawling After You' Stream

    Bass Drum of Death Is a Wicked One-Man Punk Band on 'Crawling After You'

    Bass Drum of Death is Mississippi's John Barrett, a punk-fired garage tinkerer handy with all the tools one needs to jury-rig some tasty rock nuggets. "Crawling After You" feels like a full-band affair nonetheless, and it hails from June 25's eponymous LP for Innovative Leisure, recorded by Barrett in between last year's spate of tour dates (and also that one time when he backed up MellowHype on Fuel TV). The new song is a reverb-soaked fuzz-bomb that finds our host trying to paw his way back into the life of a former acquaintance. BDOD's 2011 debut GB City had a lot to offer, but the new album is louder, gnarlier, catchier, and crunchier. It was also heavily influenced by nasty old proto-punkers the Pagans, the Seeds, and the Sonics. Barrett and his band hit the road with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in June.

  • Run the Jewels Big Boi Killer Mike El-P 'Banana Clipper'

    Big Boi Joins Run the Jewels for Enemy-Neutering 'Banana Clipper'

    When SPIN visited Run the Jewels in the studio, producer/MC El-P explained the project's larcenous name as "probably like the hardest shit you can possibly say." He and Killer Mike maintain a commitment to that very cause in their songs as a duo, and on the freshly shared full version of "Banana Clipper," Big Boi joins them in that excellent, often eloquent endeavor. The duo's constituents trade fierce bars for most of the song, dissing all possible opponents while big-upping each other with aplomb: "Producer gave me a beat, said it's the beat of the year / I said El-P didn't do it, so get the fuck outta here." El, in turn, defines his rap style as "Chernobyl talk," before leveling the field for the entry of Daddy Fat Sax himself. Though kinda tacked onto the end, Big Boi sounds right at home over the squalling track, rapping lithely and bragging with the best of them.

  • The-Dream Jay-Z 'High Art' Video NSFW IVPlay

    The-Dream's Deluxe 'IV Play' Package Gets Felt Up in Steamy 'High Art' Video

    Another day, another softcore porn clip from The-Dream, who has been working around the clock to guarantee an "authentic love-making" experience for his devotees. The man's new IV Play album has officially hit the streets and is on target to move 20,000 or so units. But as noted in our post on his previous in flagrante video for the song "Pussy," he may be angling to stir up some clicks and controversy in order to push that number higher.His latest entry is the visual for the Jay-Z-featuring "High Art," and aside from some clutch shots of the pyramid-making deluxe CD packaging for the fresh long-player, the thing is basically an incredibly steamy lingerie ad.

  • Young Fathers 'Mr. Martyr' TAPE TWO Stream

    Young Fathers Play Out Crucifixion Fantasy on Spooky 'Mr. Martyr' Single

    Afro-Scottish art-rap posse Young Fathers are inching ever closer to the release date of their second (nearly full-length) EP, TAPE TWO, which means more ghostly soul-pop strangeness for us to pick apart. SPIN debuted the first track from the June 11 Anticon set, "I Heard," back in April, and while that song focused on the group's propensity for pained crooning and TV on the Radio-style harmonics, the latest is an urgent, jagged affair that highlights their Shabazz-like broken chants and creeping production skills. "Mr. Martyr" builds slowly in small surges of rhyme, song, and sound effects, then explodes into a whirlwind of voices and percussion, sounding not unlike a genuine Yeasayer freak-out. Our first introduction to the trio came via "Romance" from January's TAPE ONE. Rumor has it their full-length debut is just about wrapped and a U.S. date or two are on the horizon.

  • Atoms for Peace Radiohead 'Paperbag Writer' Thom Yorke Dance

    Thom Yorke's Ponytail Dance Hints Atoms for Peace Will Play Radiohead Songs on Tour

    Oh how Thom Yorke likes to tease. Earlier this month he gave us a mere 90 seconds of the ever-arresting "Karma Police." And with his DJing pal Nigel Godrich, he's been slowly dropping clip after clip of the duo's groove-steeped March set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Now that their Atoms for Peace project is getting ready to hit the road in earnest, beginning with a July 6 gig in Paris, Yorke and the band are sharing the tiniest snippets from their rehearsal sessions. On Monday (May 27), they shared a brief video of Flea goofing around and the next day we got 20 seconds of Yorke improvising with a pedal connected to Flea's bass.

  • Icona Pop 'Girlfriend' 2Pac Shakur Me My Single Tour

    Icona Pop Turn 2pac's 'Girlfriend' Into a Girl-Power Anthem

    Icona Pop was formed when Aino Jawo met Caroline Hjelt at a friend's party following a particularly gnarly breakup. "I was so consumed in my own life," she told SPIN last year, "and then when I met her everything changed." It's that sentiment that's powered the Swedish electropop duo's impressive rise since, which included a self-titled EP that landed on SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2012, and which is summed up so perfectly by the chorus of a certain '96 Tupac Shakur hit. The late Los Angeles icon rhymes, "All I need in this life of sin / Is me and my girlfriend," and these girlfriends rework the hook, changing "bloody" to "happy" for the Bonnie and Clyde-referencing "down to ride" portion. But the message is still the same: Haters be damned, we're coming through.

  • Miguel Twitter Black People Race Judgemental Pagan

    Miguel Settles Twitter Race Rant With Thoughtful Conversation, Freestyle Song

    If there's not already an award for Public Relations Crisis Aversion (Twitter Edition) then someone should invent one and give it to Miguel. The Kaleidoscope Dream singer-producer stirred up the pot on Monday (May 27) when he wrote a series of tweets revolving around the sentiment that black people are inherently judgmental.

  • Rihanna Herpes Lipstick RiRi Woo MAC Starkeema Greenidge

    Good Lip Gone Bad: Woman Sues Rihanna's Lipstick Brand for Giving Her Herpes

    A Harlem woman claims that Rihanna's lipstick gave her herpes. Starkeema Greenidge, 28, is so confident about the source of her good lip gone bad, in fact, that she's made it a court matter.

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