Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Isaiah Toothtaker

    Hear Gunplay and Isaiah Toothtaker Get Mean on 'Frownin,' Remixed by Blue Sky Black Death

    On his recent Lil Wayne collab "Beat the Shit," Gunplay identifies himself as a "knuckle-throwing knucklehead," the type to "bring that ruckus up in here, throwing bottles, throwing chairs." It was only a matter of time, then, before he came across Arizona's Isaiah Toothtaker, a terrifyingly tattooed dude who purportedly earned his surname by filling a mason jar with the gnashers he knocked out during bar brawls. We're only glad they didn't meet on opposite ends of a broken pool cue.The former stands out within Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group as exceptionally talented and just the right amount of strange. The latter lords over the left-field hardcore rap posse Machina Muerte and has notched recent collaborations with in-demand producer Harry Fraud and in-prison rhymer Max B.

  • The 20 Best Things We Saw At Coachella 2013's Weekend Two

    The 20 Best Things We Saw At Coachella 2013's Weekend Two

    The stories that dominated Coachella 2013's first weekend included a blinding sandstorm, a bizarre R. Kelly cameo, and Blur out-Brit-ing the Stone Roses. For Weekend Two, the fest's infamous scorching heat returned, 2 Chainz actually hit the stage on time, and the bass drops turned fest-goers' faces to jelly. Here's the full rundown on 20 acts you won't find in our roundup of Weekend One highlights, from Grimes' unique dancing duo to the dude who got an ill-advised haircut onstage from a rapper. Do not miss our most impressive photos from Weekend Two, plus the 50 Best Things We Saw at Coachella (Weekend One).

  • Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky / Photo by Arnold Turner

    Best Buds: Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky Talk Upcoming Tour

    In 2013 rap's dividing lines have disintegrated. Bitter battles over regionalism are a thing of the past, fans no longer have to opt for either "gangsta" or "conscious," and the differences between underground and mainstream are ethereal at best. This is good news for Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky, whose 20-date Under the Influence of Music tour kicks off July 17. Today's rapper doesn't have to fit somebody else's stereotype of who he should be. The former hails from Pittsburgh, is tattooed head to toe, wears skinny jeans and hangs with Snoop. The latter reps Harlem and gold teeth, has his own clothing line, and collabs with Skrillex.

  • Tobacco Lipstick Destroyer Daft Punk Volcom Vinyl Series

    Hear Tobacco's 'Lipstick Destroyer,' a Junkyard Take-Down of Daft Punk Electro

    We haven't heard from Tobacco since 2010's Beck-featuring Maniac Meat, but that's only because the man born Tom Fec also happens to write all the music for Black Moth Super Rainbow. His better-known band dropped their deliciously cracked take on roller-rink pop last year — stream Cobra Juicy right here — and now this Pittburgh pied piper of weird can get back to churning out the dark stuff. Tobacco began as a beat-oriented project and the song below, "Lipstick Destroyer," wields four-on-the-floor crunch and an arsenal of pitch-bent synthesizers, not to mention Tobacco's trademark rusted robo-vocals. In short, it sounds like a junkyard take-down of Daft Punk's beloved, pristine electro-house.

  • KISS Paul Stanley Stage Banter 45 Minutes

    Paul Stanley Stage Banter Supercut Documents Deep Existential Crisis

    KISS singer Paul Stanley lives in a world where we're always "just getting started," where everyone is "hiiiiiiiiiigggggghhh" and one's biggest concern is catching a case of "rock'n'roll pneumonia" if the clouds dared to come out in the face of so much heavy metal might. Now, thanks to a SoundCloud user named Christopher Armes, you, too, can live in Stanley's world.The San Diego-based songwriter has cobbled together 45 minutes' worth of the glam-howler's ridiculous stage banter for your enjoyment. And while it is enjoyable at first, the kitchsy hilarity of it all (StSanders' "Shreds" series comes to mind) eventually devolves into existential dread as you realize that Stanley's never-ending arena is actually an ever-constricting prison, that the man with the painted face has no sense of who he really is.

  • Daft Punk Get Lucky Pharrell Leak Stream Real

    If This Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' Leak Is Fake, Pharrell Better Lawyer Up

    UPDATE (4/19/13): Hear the official, slightly underwhelming version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky (Radio Edit)" here.Daft Punk's strategy of delayed gratification meets viral cat-and-mouse has been paying off. Even though the Parisian electro-house pair were rumored to appear at Coachella Weekend One, fans freaked out over a surprise advertisement for their new album Random Access Memories instead. And every time a bit of a new song is released, conniving/hopeful DJs do their best to turn the snippet into a full-length experience. Ever since the froth-inspiring Frenchies shared a bit of "Get Lucky," which features Pharrell on vocals and guitar from Chic's Nile Rodgers, the Internet has been scrambling to serve up the entire thing. Fake leak after fake leak has emerged, but at last we have a worthy contender.

  • President Obama Jay-Z Beyonce Cuba Trip White House

    President Obama Has 'Better Things to Do' Than Worry About Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z drew the ire of a couple of Republican senators earlier this month when they took a trip to Cuba on the occasion of their fifth wedding anniversary.

  • Rick Ross Reebok Rape Fallout Millions UONEO

    Rick Ross' Belated Apology for 'U.O.N.E.O.' Could Cost Him Millions

    To think, if Rick Ross had issued that eloquent actual apology three weeks ago instead of claiming/exemplifying ignorance over the exact parsing of the word "rape" — or, Bawse forbid, his own sense of decency kicked in before he recorded his offending "U.O.N.E.O" couplet — the Maybach music CEO could be a few million dollars richer. As TMZ reports, Ricky Rozay's lost Reebok sponsorship could cost him between $3.5 and $5 million.Citing "sources close to the rappers," the celebrity news hub says he was getting paid every time he wore Reebok product. But the sneaker giant formally dropped the rap star about a week ago following protests and petitions urging them to do so (or for Ross to issue a genuine mea culpa).

  • De La Soul Get Away Spirit of the Wu

    De La Soul Return With 'Get Away,' Inspired by Wu-Tang and Various Weak MCs

    De La Soul have returned with "Get Away," the seminal hip-hop trio's new single from their forthcoming first album in nine years, You're Welcome, due in the fall. As expected, the moodily clanging track features Podunous, Maseo, and Trugoy (simply "Dave," if you prefer) sagely weighing in on the state of rap music with no shortage of barbs for those who've watered down the art form.But the song comes with a twist via an unusual feature identified as "the Spirit of the Wu." Fear not, you won't be hearing a third-generation Clan member's weak attempts to cash in on his forbears' legacy.

  • Garbage & Screaming Females' Record Store Day 10

    See Garbage and Screaming Females Record Patti Smith's 'Because the Night'

    Butch Vig laying into a drum kit is a good way to start any video, but this one only gets better from there. In the clip above, Garbage and Screaming Females team up to record a studio version of "Because the Night," the Patti Smith cover they debuted on the road together last year. Shirley Manson and Marissa Paternoster's budding womance was already a well-documented thing, but the rest of the members of the bands gel awesomely as well. The Sophie Mueller-directed video includes lots of charming footage of the two groups bonding, and seeing the two frontwomen trade lines is fantastic. But the highlight comes when Paternoster starts to shred. Fans of both bands, either band, team-ups in general, or Patti specifically, will be pleased to learn that the song will be pressed to a limited-edition vinyl 10-inch to be sold on Record Store Day. We have a feeling Miss Smith will be proud.

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