Chris Martins



  • Kanye West Paparazzi Assault LAX Camera Don't Talk Video

    No Really, Don't Talk to Kanye (He Might Hurt You)

    Kanye West had a physical confrontation with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon, according to TMZ. Photos show the Yeezus auteur with his hands on the photographer — it looks as if he's attempting to grab the man's camera, although an unidentified eyewitness claims that West threw punches. Apparently whatever took place was enough to justify the arrival of paramedics, who can be seen tending to the shooter in another photo.According to TMZ's source, Ye was leaving an LAX terminal (apparently returning from the same trip that resulted in the epic "Don't Talk to Kanye" rant) when he was descended upon by around five photographers. Apparently the one who got the worst of West kept needling him with aggressive questions (now revealed to be inspired by said "Don't Talk to Kanye" rant), which inspired the musician to go H.A.M.

  • Chance the Rapper Vic Mensa Mick Jenkins 'Cross Roads'

    Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa Meet Mick Jenkins at the 'Cross Roads'

    Chicago's rap scene has been particularly generous to us lately. Sure there's Chief Keef, an endless font of headline fodder if nothing else, but the real excitement has been coming from the Save Money crew and their friends. Chance the Rapper made SPIN's Hottest MCs list and delivered one of the most exciting mixtapes of the year thus far, Acid Rap. Former Kids These Days song-rhymer Vic Mensa blessed us with "Orange Soda" and "Hollywood LA." Now we have the deep-voiced Mick Jenkins with his slightly Southern flow, who wrangles both of the aforementioned spitters to accompany him on "Cross Roads." OnGaud provides the loping, soulful production — a solid foundation for the loosely listing bars of Chance (who's busy dropping "multi-entendres") and the stylish stutter verse provided by Vic. Get into it:

  • Music Sales at Mid-Year: Vinyl, Streams, and the Digital Album Are Doing Just Fine

    Music Sales at Mid-Year: Vinyl, Streams, and the Digital Album Are Doing Just Fine

    The numbers-crunching Nielsen folks have released their mid-year report on the status of the music industry and, as is to be expected, the results are mixed. First the bad news: overall album and song sales for the first six months of 2013 are down 4.6 percent compared with the opening half of 2012. Much of this is likely due to the waning days of the CD, whose sales dip a considerable 14.2 percent by comparison. Oddly, digital track sales have slid a little: 2.3 percent.Onto the good. Digital album sales are up 6.3 percent, which is more or less as expected. They also now comprise 43 percent of overall full-length sales (up from 38 percent at this time last year), which points to the possibility of growth once the CD bottoms out.

  • Freddie Gibbs Madlib Karriem Riggins City Adult Swim Singles

    Freddie Gibbs Goes (Slightly) Less Gangster for Madlib Team-Up 'City'

    When last we heard from Freddie Gibbs, the Gary, Indiana-bred MC was back in his hometown proudly trapping with a gang of local goons (via "Lay It Down"). And before that, he'd announced his forthcoming ESGN album with a bleak-banging slab of rap nastiness dubbed "One Eight Seven." But Gangster Gibbs has got a (slightly) softer side too, and it comes out on "City," his new collaboration with Stones Throw beat guru Madlib (their second, after the "Shame" single and video) and Los Angeles utilities man Karriem Riggins.The latter nabs the first verse, a Mr. Lif-recalling cypher that dances around atop Lib's Afrobeat-sourced groove. Gibbs is up next, fast-rhyming his way to tongue-twisting gems celebrating a life lived "like Tony Soprano." Riggins improvs a couple of lines about being "live, on tour in India," which may be apocryphal but it does sound glamorous in a weird way.

  • Nicolas Jaar Clown Sunset Other People Trust Compilation

    Nicolas Jaar's New 'Other People' Label Includes the Same People From His Old Label

    House music upsetter Nicolas Jaar is launching a brand new label — sort of. According to RA, Other People will kick things off with a showcase compilation dubbed Trust on September 2, but the lineup of artists amassed for the set look suspiciously similar to those who've been releasing music through the American-Chilean producer's Clown & Sunset imprint. Presumably, the latter label is being folded, though it's unclear as to why Jaar felt the need to rebrand. Nikita Quasim is still in the mix, alongside his Darkside compatriot Dave Harrington, Acid Pauli (who we'd like to imagine is Pauly P on LSD), Valentin Stip, Will Epstein, and, of course, Jaar. The man caught a little extra crossover shine this year thanks to a Record Store Day rarity compiling his remixes of songs by Grizzly Bear and Brian Eno.

  • Ebony Bones 'Neu World Blues' Stream Behold a Pale Horse

    Ebony Bones Is an Art-Punk Soul Warrior on 'Neu World Blues'

    As a child, Ebony Thomas was a classmate of Amy Winehouse's at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. Each wound up prodigious and dramatic, but the young woman who came to take "Bones" as her surname might have turned out a wee bit freakier. It's no wonder that the singer-songwriter-producer spent a season or two opening for Cee Lo Green abroad — her hybridized approach to soul, punk, pop, and strange is exactly the kind of thing the Goodie Mobster aims for without instinctively understanding how to hit the mark. Ebony Bones is arty without qualification, odd without apology.On her new album Behold, a Pale Horse, she never panders to her audience and they're better for it.

  • Neko Case Funny or Die Man Session

    Neko Case Plays Disastrous 'Dressing Room Session' for Funny or Die

    These days it seems like everyone's got their own session series. NPR films shows at their Tiny Desk, the A.V. Club goes Undercover, Yours Truly makes Songs From Scratch, and La Blogothèque is busy beautifully filling Empty Space. It only seems right that Funny or Die should get in on the highly clickable fun. Enter the Dressing Room Sessions, a (totally not actually) regular series that kicked off with a clutch cameo from Neko Case. The erstwhile New Pornographer graces FoD with the single "Man" from her forthcoming album titled (totally, actually) The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. The thing is, the show is meant to go down inside of a literal dressing room, which doesn't leave much room for maneuvering. We won't spoil the performance by describing too much in advance.

  • Angel Haze A Tribe Called Red Unfinished Song Sparse

    Angel Haze Teams With A Tribe Called Red to 'Turn It Around'

    We're still not exactly sure when Angel Haze's Dirty Gold is going to be released, but here's reason for all of that bubbling anticipation to boil over. We've already heard the single "No Bueno," which is mellow by the New york rhymer's standards, followed by an outtake called "The Initiation." But on Thursday (July 18), a SoudCloud user shared an unfinished version of a song from the LP that blows everything else away.The track, which we'll tentatively call "Turn It Around," is expertly produced by Canadian crew A Tribe Called Red (remember them from Das Racist's "Indians From All Directions"?), who provide bassy glitch without resorting to dubstep, tinny drums without falling into (the) trap, and heavy keys without sounding particularly '90s.

  • Led Zeppelin John Bonham Hologram Son Jason Live

    Led Zeppelin's John Bonham Will Become a Hologram if Son Has His Way

    In a new interview, John Bonham's son said it's his dream to drum alongside a hologram version of his famous father. Jason Bonham drummed for Led Zeppelin at the band's last official gig — their 2007 spectacular at London's O2 Arena — and is currently touring with his tribute project the Led Zeppelin Experience, which apparently involves a lot of visuals. When asked about the show's production element by Legendary Rock Interviews, the young Bonham said the following."It's important to me to have something in addition to the music, that was the whole point of it. When I first started doing this I was working with some of the people behind some of the biggest tribute tours like Pink Floyd Experience, the Beatles and now I'm doing it. It's imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level.

  • Kanye West Taylor Swift Secret Tape Rant

    Alleged Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift, MTV on Leaked Recording

    Audio has emerged in which an alleged Kanye West rants about his infamous Taylor Swift interruption while at a restaurant with friends following the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards. According to Gawker, who uncovered the clip, West went to the Corner Bistro in New York's West Village accompanied by other musicians after leaving Radio City Music Hall on September 9, 2009, the night of his famous interruption of Swift's acceptance speech. In the conversation, he takes aim at Swift, Pink, and even Elvis, seemingly.While it's nearly impossible to confirm if the voice on tape does indeed belong to the Yeezus mastermind, the voice, the intonation, the indignance, and the fuzzy logic certainly fit the bill.

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