Chris Martins

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  • Kendrick Lamar Jay-Z 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe' Remix

    Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z Fling Fire on 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe' Remix

    Last week we heard a fuzzed-up snippet of Jay-Z rapping on a remix of Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," courtesy of some live South By Southwest footage. Hova sounded fierce on the revisited good kid m.A.A.d. city standout but the true severity of his microphone slaying has now been revealed via the track's official leak, streaming below. Here, Jay raps circles around his laid-back "Suit & Tie" persona, growling out brags like, "In the White House with a mink / Running through that bitch like it's my house / All up in the hall like a mall." That said, Kendrick contributes a pair of new verses that leave no question as to who's house we're actually visiting, aurally speaking. "Love me on the East like I was Chuck D," he brags early on before bookending Jigga's part with some of the most aggressive and ornate rhymes he's recorded to date.

  • The Knife 'Shaking the Habitual' Manifesto Details

    The Knife Dis Fracking, Praise Wolves in 'Shaking the Habitual' Manifesto

    In December, we suddenly learned that after a seven-year break from dropping proper albums, Sweden's most beloved dark-dance duo the Knife are returning with an LP called Shaking the Habitual. The sibling act have since shared two music videos — the 10-minute gender-bending techno odyssey "Full of Fire" and the gym-rat dance rehearsal "A Tooth for an Eye" — plus the April 9 album's track list, but have been fairly quiet otherwise.Now, the group has released a manifesto of sorts artfully explaining the new album's origins and motivation — more or less.

  • Lil Wayne Medical Scare Health Update Lee Perry Nicki Minaj

    Lil Wayne, Still Hospitalized, Racks Up Gifts and Well-Wishes from Nicki Minaj and Lee Perry

    On Friday, serious concern for Lil Wayne's well-being swept the Internet following a series of reports from TMZ. While the breaking story at one point included word that the man born Dwayne Michael Carter, 30, was being read his last rites at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital, the celebrity news hub eventually removed that detail. Nevertheless, they are now reporting that Weezy is still in intensive care recovering from a suspected codeine overdose. The Young Money founder suffered bouts with seizures back in October and again early last week before he was apparently found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room Wednesday.

  • Morrissey Cancels U.S. Tour North American Dates Nixed

    Morrissey Cancels Entire U.S. Tour (Again) Due to Medical Reasons

    Due to medical reasons, Morrissey has canceled all remaining dates of his current North American tour — a run of dates that's been besot with nixings practically from the beginning. The first postponements came in October when he took a break to spend time with his ailing mother. Following that, he had to call off a few more dates over a bleeding ulcer, and then a large chunk of additional stops due to a condition called Barrett's esophagus.While he seemed healthy enough at his Los Angeles arena show, he was forced to postpone a San Francisco gig earlier this week because he had to be treated for double pneumonia.

  • Lil Wayne Critical Condition Hospitalized Seizures

    Lil Wayne Remains in Intensive Care, Is Slowly Recovering From Seizures

    UPDATE: As of Saturday afternoon (March 16), TMZ maintains that the rapper has stabilized, but remains in intensive care. Friends and associates, including Drake, have been spotted entering and leaving Cedars-Sinai hospital, where Wayne is slowly recovering.On Friday night, a tweet from Lil Wayne's official Twitter account read, "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love." Around the same time, Cash Money Records CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams said in a radio interview with Chicago's WGCI, "There ain't no truth in what you heard today. He's chillin'. We sittin' here watching the basketball game with each other. He good."ORIGINAL REPORT:Lil Wayne has been hospitalized in critical condition following more seizures, reports TMZ.The 30-year-old rapper's condition is apparently so serious that the celebrity news site reported that he was being prepared for his last rites.

  • Los Angeles Punk Festival Cancelled Skinheads Oi Insta-Punk Old Firm Casuals

    Oi Vey: Los Angeles Punk Festival Canceled Due to Fear of Skinheads

    Los Angeles indie music outpost The Echo has canceled a forthcoming punk rock festival due to fear of "the skinhead element" being in attendance, says LA Weekly. The inaugrual Insta-Fest was set to take place on March 30 and feature performances from Old Firm Casuals (with Rancid's Lars Frederiksen), L.A.'s own Toughskins, and a band called Custom Fit — apparently it is a thing to name your blue-collar group after styles of blue jeans.Joseph Gaughan, head of the co-presenting Durty Mick label, explained via Facebook: "After 6 months of planning ... The Echo at the last minute realized that some of the bands playing Insta Fest had band members and fans they referred to as 'the skinhead element' and they do not want those types in their establishment. They now have decided to cancel this show two weeks before ...

  • DIIV SXSW Rant Industry Corporate Artists

    DIIV Want Out of SXSW Corporate Gang-Bang, But Are Totally Having Fun

    Yesterday, DIIV frontman and founder Zachary Cole Smith made some headlines from Austin when he dressed down the in-progress 2013 iteration of the South By Southwest music conference and festival as "a glorified corporate networking party" via Tumblr. SPIN skipped the story because, well, a lot of artists feel this way upon arriving at the event.

  • Klaus Dinger Japandorf Neu! Final Album Kraftwerk Krautrock

    Neu! Legend Klaus Dinger's International 'Japandorf' Project to Receive Posthumous Release

    Although Neu! multi-intrumentalist and onetime Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger passed away in 2008, some of his unreleased late-career work may at last see the light of day. On March 25, Berlin-based Grönland Records will release Japandorf, the final installment in a trilogy of unheard album-length excursions helmed by Dinger — who's also made albums as La Düsseldorf — backed by a cast of Japanese experimental musicians. These 12 songs were mostly recorded from 2000 to 2006 with help from his partner Miki Yui and musician Kazuyuki Onouchi."The album contains songs which Klaus had in his mind for a long time but were previously unreleased as well as totally new songs which emerged through the process of working together," explained Yui (via Exclaim). She and Onouchi finished mixing the album — "a long and winding road" — in 2010.

  • Lana Del Rey Jay-Z Mashup 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Boss)' Urban Noize

    Lana Del Rey Proves 'Ladies Is Pimps Too' in Jay-Z 'Dirt Off My Shoulder' Mashup

    Another day, another impressively timely mashup. Yesterday we heard the Hood Internet dress up Daft Punk's 15-second SNL ad in Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie." Now a South Florida remix duo called Urban Noize has put Lana Del Rey's "You Can Be the Boss" together with Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" to surprisingly synchronicitous results (isn't that always the way?).The former is one of the New York singer's more rap-influenced tracks ("Malt liquor on your breath, my my," indeed) and everybody already knows that Hova is of boss-grade stock — that's why he's so casual about his upper body cleanliness. Aurally, the tracks fit together quite nicely, although LDR is mostly in the background, cooing all melancholy over a hip-hop beat like she's trying out for a spot in CocoRosie.But what could possibly be timely about this pairing? Glad you asked.

  • Beyonce FCC Super Bowl Halftime Show Complaints Crotch

    Beyonce's Thrusting Pelvis Spawns Litany of Slut-Shaming FCC Complaints

    Immediately following Beyoncé's stellar halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, we were completely creeped out by Bob Lefsetz's review, which actually included the line: "I wasn’t sure what to do after Beyoncé’s appearance, join a gym or masturbate." While we found her performance thrillingly choreographed, fiercely entertaining, and deeply feminist, it seems others mostly saw a tarted-up vehicle for excessive crotch-thrusting. To wit:The investigative newshounds over at Deadspin filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Communications Commission in order to obtain copies of complaints sent in by viewers to the television standards overseers.

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