Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Aesop Rock Homemade Mummy Video

    Aesop Rock Plays Vintage Arcade Games in 'Homemade Mummy' Video

    Aesop Rock's recent Skelethon LP may cast the San Francisco cult MC as "the hip rap-dad you never had," but the new video for macabre album standout "Homemade Mummy" finds ol' Jabberwocky Superfly and his bros playing kiddie games at the local arcade. Aes' Hail Mary Mallon homie Rob Sonic joins in the fun, which includes everything from Ms. Pac-Man duels to carnival-style strongman contests. We'd like to think the man was inspired by SPIN's recent roundup,  Arcade Fire: 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples, or at least Frank Ocean's Saturday Night Live performance. Aesop is on the road with Sonic, DJ Big Whiz, and Dark Time Sunshine.Aesop Rock tour dates:October 23 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack RabbitsOctober 24 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State TheatreOctober 26 - Ft.

  • Action Bronson The Symbol Video

    See Action Bronson Flip Wig, Fight Crime in 'The Symbol'

    Huge understatement time: Quentin Tarantino's aesthetic looms large in the hip-hop community. Following today's Kill Bill-style clip from the RZA and Black Keys, "The Baddest Man Alive," Queens rapper Action Bronson delivers "The Symbol," a '70s cops 'n' gangsters throwback that brings to mind Pulp Fiction. In the Rik Cordero-directed video, the chef-turned-MC wears a golden wig and weilds a golden pistol at whoever gets in his way. This includes an assailant who soils himself, an abusive pimp and his ho, and a gang of Black Panthers trying to play poker in peace. "The Symbol" hails from the forthcoming Alchemist-produced Rare Chandeliers mixtape. Young Lobster Bib is back, baby!

  • Jay-Z Beyonce Blue Ivy Obama Advice

    Jay-Z and Beyonce Can't Turn 'Blue Ivy' Into a Name Brand (Yet)

    Add this to Jay-Z's list of 99 problems: Jigga and wife Beyoncé's attempt to trademark the name of their infant daughter, Blue Ivy, has been struck down according to Fox 25 News. They were attempting to assert their ownership of the unusual word pairing over that of a Boston events planning company.But while Blue Ivy Events has been up and running since 2009, Blue Ivy Carter has only been an operable human since January. Rumor has it Bey was hoping to launch a Blue Ivy baby products line.

  • RZA Black Keys Baddest Man Alive Video

    See RZA Fight the Black Keys for 'The Baddest Man Alive' Title

    The jury's out on whether he's "The Baddest Man Alive," but Wu-Tang Clan boss the RZA can do no wrong these days. With his feature film The Man With the Iron Fists hitting theaters on November 2, he's released a hilarious new music video for his soundtrack collaboration with the Black Keys. Chris Marrs Piliero directs "The Baddest Man Alive," wherein RZA, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney get into a gorily epic kung-fu-style brawl over a fortune cookie. Highlights include a nearly deadly fish-slap, the untimely removal of a customer's arm, and the Iron Fists footage, featuring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, playing on the restaurant TVs.In a new interview with Movies.com, RZA explains that his Quentin Tarantino-presented movie almost had a tie-in to the famed director's forthcoming film, Django Unchained.

  • Britney Spears Sam Lutfi Dad Die

    Toxic: Britney Spears Accused of Meth Use, Dad Feared for Her Death in 2007

    Britney Spears turned 30 last year, but there was a time where she seemed hellbent on joining the 27 Club. Many believe that the pop star's notorious 2007 breakdown stemmed from an, ahem, toxic relationship with former self-described manager Sam Lutfi. Now, three years after Brit's family successfully hit the man with a restraining order, he's now in court suing the entire Spears clan, and the headlines are rolling in once again.Lutfi, 38, is suing Britney for 15 percent of her earnings during the period in which he was in the picture — parts of 2007 and 2008, when she was estimated to be making up to a million per month.

  • Chromatics Looking For Love Video Fashion

    See Chromatics' 'Looking for Love' Score Chanel Fashion Show

    Despite the band being from Portland, Oregon, Chromatics' music plays like a high fashion European dream — Teutonic-toned iciness combined with Italian Disco heat — so it's no wonder the quartet was invited by Karl Lagerfeld to play Chanel's Parisian runway show in early October. The video for new song "Looking for Love" captures Chromatics at France's Grand Palais, perfectly at home perched above the endless stream of models and photographers. At five minutes, this is a much-abridged version of the synth-pop epic, which will run a whopping 17 minutes on the upcoming After Dark 2 compilation out via Italians Do It Better. The label's go-to videographer Alberto Rossini directs, giving this very recent footage an undeniably vintage feel. Chromatics recently issued their SPIN-reviewed March album Kill For Love on vinyl.

  • Morrissey Cancels Gigs Sick Mother

    Morrissey Postpones U.S. Gigs to Spend Time With Sick Mother

    A noted friend to elderly women in need, Morrissey is taking a week off of his current U.S. tour to spend time with his mother, who has been hospitalized in England. A press release delivered to Morrissey fanzine True to You described Elizabeth Morrissey as "unwell," and explained that the four currently canceled dates — Pittsburgh, Columbus, Flint, and Chicago — will be rescheduled.According to the announcement, "New dates will be announced within the coming days [and] the remainder of the U.S. tour will be unaffected." This means Moz will still make it to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy Holly played his final show, and that his Los Angeles gig at the Staples Center, supported by Iggy and the Stooges, is still on as well.Morrissey 2012 U.S.

  • Sole Letter to a Young Rapper HoloPac Nirvana Ryan Hemsworth

    Sole and Ryan Hemsworth Dis White Dudes, HoloPac on 'Letter to a Young Rapper'

    "Not from the old school or from the new," begins Sole on the Ryan Hemsworth-produced "Letter to a Young Rapper." The cult indie-rap icon has a new full-length coming out November 13 — the Kickstarter-funded A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing — and, sure, it'd be easy to assume the former Anticon chief is a man out of time, but that's not the case.This new single finds Sole slowing his verbal roll to blast one quotable after another, paying tribute to Gang Starr and the Beastie Boys in one breath, and licking shots at white rappers and Hologram Tupac in the next.

  • Mr. MFN eXquire The Man in the High Castle Mixtape

    Mr. MFN eXquire Drops 'The Man in the High Castle' Mixtape Against UMG's Wishes

    It's only been a week since Mr. MFN eXquire's Power and Passion EP was announced — due November 6 via Universal Republic — but the New York MC has leaked a new 19-track mixtape, The Man in the High Castle, and alleged that he went against his record label in doing so:So I had this tape I wanted to drop but my label fighting me cuz they hate me to rap but y'all could find that shit if u smart.— Ringo Mandingo (@MRMFNeXquire) October 18, 2012They keep taking it down, Ima keep putting it up...— Ringo Mandingo (@MRMFNeXquire) October 18, 2012I love my label btw.

  • Kendrick Lamar m.A.A.d. Stands For

    Kendrick Lamar: 'm.A.A.d.' Stands For 'Me, an Angel on Angel Dust'

    Kendrick Lamar has at last revealed the meaning of the acronym in the title of his just-leaked new album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. In an interview with Los Angeles Leakers, the Compton's rising rap savior broke it down: "It's two meanings. The first one is, 'my angry adolescence divided,' and the basic standout meaning is 'my angel's on angel dust.'"While the first seems self-explanatory, the second required a little more exposition: "That's the reason I don't smoke," Lamar said. One of the hosts responded, "So you knew somebody [who accidentally smoked] angel dust?" The MC replied, "No, that was me ... it's on that album. It's in the story. It was me getting my hands on the wrong thing at the wrong time, being oblivious to it."And sure enough, on the song "m.A.A.d.

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