Chris Martins

writer

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  • White Mandingos / Photo by Jason Goldwatch

    See the White Mandingos Look for Trouble in 'The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me'

    At the top of the month, we met the White Mandingos, a bizarrely named group whose membership is equally out-there: Los Angeles undie-rap mainstay Murs, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and Ego Trip writer Sacha Jenkins. Their debut single bears the same name as their forthcoming debut album: The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me, out June 11 on Fat Beats. That titular track is itself a mélange of influences — brazen punk-rock, confident hip-hop, and satire of various stripes (musical, political, racial) — and it now has a video to match courtesy of director Jason Goldwatch. The clip features Murs in a studded leather jacket, sporting gold chains and a furry hat, riding around in a busted old car that only seems to brake for attractive women (eating fried chicken) and officers of the law (also played by Murs). Even through the playfulness and irony, these fellas' #swag shines through.

  • Tyler, the Creator 'Wolf' Real Track List Stereolab Erykah Badu

    Tyler, the Creator's 'Wolf' Really Will Feature Stereolab Singer and Erykah Badu

    The actual track list for Tyler, the Creator's highly anticipated Wolf has been revealed. It is, in fact, close to the Dave Matthews-featuring fake version that "leaked" a week ago, except for the Dave Matthews part. Most of the song titles are the same, and the best features remain. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier is indeed joining Frank Ocean for the song "Escapism," and Erykah Badu will guest alongside Coco O on the piano-powered ballad "Treehome95," which Tyler performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon not too long ago. Since there are no new songs to hear yet, we're stuck watching the gonzo "Domo23" video over and over until the album drops on April 2. The real track list comes courtesy of iTunes page. Tyler gave the tipoff:THE REAL WOLF TRACKLIST IS ON ITUNES, THAT ONE YOU DUMB IDIOTS AT PITCHFORK AND AMAZON PUT UP WAS MADE UP OR IDK SO YEAH.

  • Bleached 'Dead in Your Head' Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans New Song

    Hear Bleached's Disturbed Earworm 'Dead in Your Head'

    Bleached sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin cut their teeth with surf-tinged noise-punk posse Mika Miko, but their new focus channels their former freneticism into powerful hook-work and production value. "This feels more pop than punk," Jennifer said to SPIN in November, taking a break from recording the duo's debut album, Ride Your Heart, and so far she's been right. "Next Stop" rocked plenty — and the video depicts them tattooing people at house parties and in hotel rooms — but it's the song's sunniness that truly shines. Although new one "Dead in Your Head" is a little more melancholy in terms of subject matter ("I never wanted to lose the boy I love the most"), the steady guitars, tough drums, and sweet vocals make for a real earworm of a track.

  • K-Pop Fans Video Blocked YouTube UMG

    K-Pop Fans Freak Out, Cry Racism, After Universal Music 'Glitch' Blocks Videos

    K-pop's ever-growing international fanbase freaked out royally when videos of popular Cube Entertainment artists 4minute, HyunA, B2ST, and G.Na were suddenly blocked for YouTube users attempting to access the clips outside of South Korea.

  • Justin Bieber Battery Threats Accusation Police Home Calabasas

    Police Investigate Justin Bieber After Neighbor Accuses Him of Battery and Threats

    Police are investigating Justin Bieber after a neighbor reported him for battery, says TMZ. Their sources, which include Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff spokesperson Steve Whitmore, claim that the guy next door to the Biebz's Calabasas, California home came over to complain about a series of loud parties that took place at the pop star's pad while he was away having such a bad time that the guy from the Mountain Goats wrote him a song.While the neighbor has evidently said that their 9 a.m. argument ended with Bieber laying hands on him and making threats, "sources connected with Justin's security team" say the guy came onto the property screaming, and that the singer went inside the house while security escorted the neighbor off of the grounds.

  • Future 'No Love' New Song

    Future Professes 'No Love' on Secretly Heartbroken New Song

    As noted in our Real Hottest MCs in the Game list, Future has "shoved hip-hop into the eye of a storm of melodramatic love and longing." As unlikely as it seems, even when the Atlanta Auto-Tuner sing-raps about how he's "never made love," what's meant to be a stubbornly masochistic boast winds up sounding like a heartbroken admission of one guy's inability to truly connect with his in-bed sparring partners. New song "No Love" is certainly helped along by the left-field xylophone hits and New Age atmospherics that enhance all of that computerized vocal melancholy.But if Future can't fall for a woman, what is he truly connecting with these days? As he recently told SPIN, "Right now I just love the studio. I go on vacation, I have to have a studio, or make sure one is close by. I don't like going nowhere if it don't have a studio. I love it that much. That's what I do.

  • Kendrick Lamar Chris Brown 50 Cent We Up Watts Riot

    Kendrick Lamar Will Collaborate With Anyone, Including Chris Brown

    To be sure, Kendrick Lamar is not your average everyday rap savior. The Compton star rose predictably fast following the release of his instant classic, good kid, m.A.A.D. city, one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2012 and our reigning Best Hip-Hop Album to boot. Today, he's the Hottest MC in the Game, so it should come as no surprise that the guy is in demand. Still, that doesn't mean he's gotta take every gig.MTV recently visited our respect-deserving pal Chris Brown in the studio to discuss his in-progress sixth album, X. In addition to revealing that Diplo produced the forthcoming single "Fine China," and that the R&B goon also plans on expressing himself through his paintings (?), Brown shared that the LP's titular track will feature Kendrick Lamar. To be frank, that bums us out.

  • Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City' Release Date Pushed

    Vampire Weekend Push 'Modern Vampires of the City' Back a Week

    Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City will come out a week later than expected, on May 14. No explanation has been given, but the release date has been updated on the band's website. We recently witnessed the band play a pair of new songs at South By Southwest. Earlier this month, they also shared the tracks "Diane Young" and "Step," the former about dying young (get it?) and the latter leveled at some punk who's always stepping to Ezra Koenig's girl.SPIN actually spoke to the New York prep-poppers when they were in the studio back in January. "On this album, there's a lot of organic sounds and a lot of performance," said Rostam Batmanglij.

  • Skrillex A$AP Rocky 'Wild for the Night' Video Birdy Nam Nam

    See Skrillex and A$AP Rocky Get 'Wild for the Night' in the Dominican Republic

    Harlem star A$AP Rocky and California EDM king Skrillex take a trip to the Dominican Republic in the new video for their collaborative track, "Wild for the Night." We're initially greeted with colorful images of chickens and shanties, kids doing bridge dives, and flying kites, but the scoring is ominous and soon those same children are toting guns (well, technically, they're holding blurs). As the clip plays out, we discover that the A$AP Mob has infiltrated the DR's seedy underbelly, and that A$AP is the Tony Montana of this scrappy scene. In a way, he is the anti-Thunderbird Gerard. Skrillex shows up later, but at that point the posse's primary focus is party, and they jump around a lot before totally crushing an aggro concert thrown in a cinderblock dungeon. Dig those aerial shots though, and those Tommy Bahama shirts.

  • Thunderbird Gerard 'Victory Part II' Video

    Watch Thunderbird Gerard Tour Morocco in 'Live' and 'Victory Part II' Video

    Thunderbird Gerard was raised in upstate New York but currently calls Berlin home. Perhaps that has something to do with the line that his music walks: at once familiar, owing to the hard-hitting fundamentals of golden age rap, and foreign, weaving in odd electronics, unusual cadence, or intriguing melody. He'll be sharing his T.R.O.U.B.L.E. mixtape on May 6 and the above video previews two new tracks. In the beginning we get a short sampling of "Live," which matches funk-fueled beat menace with a little bit of Kool Keith strangeness. The dude drops references to Elvis Presley, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rapture in the first few bars, but eventually moves on to "Victory Part II." The track is as triumphant as it sounds, a heavy stomper that even sports a '90s-style "Go! Go!

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