Chris Martins

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  • Kanye West Not Guilty LAX Paparazzi Trial Court Battery

    Kanye West Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Paparazzi Attack

    Kanye West plead not guilty to criminal battery and attempted grand theft on Thursday in the case of his well-documented scuffle with paparazzo Daniel Ramos outside of Los Angles' LAX airport. The Yeezus star was not present for the court date, via TMZ, so his lawyer Blair Berk filed on his behalf. This drew the ire of the plaintiff's famous attorney Gloria Allred, who, in the video below, seems pretty up-to-date on West's recent touring woes.The criminal charges, of course, stem from the July incident in which West was caught on camera seemingly attacking a photographer who'd been needling him with aggressive questions on what the MC has since calmly characterized as a very, very bad day. Initial felony charges were tossed out, but the misdemeanor case carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars.

  • Jay Z Daily Show Barneys Jon Stewart Racial Profiling Shop Frisk

    'The Daily Show' Does Jay Z's Barneys Beef Wrong

    Jay Z's beef with the world over his Barneys associations has hit The Daily Show. On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart spent nearly seven minutes on the subject, echoing others' criticism that the Magna Carta Holy Grail MC wimped out in his response to the upscale retailer following reports of young African-American customers being singled-out for suspicion by Barneys and New York police — a policy of "shop and frisk," if you will.The grumbling (and petition-signing) directed at Hova stems from the fact that the rapper had already teamed with Barneys to create a special collection due to hit shelves on November 20. What's been consistently overlooked by most critics is the fact that proceeds from the BNY SCC line will benefit The Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps young people without means achieve their goals of a higher education.Disappointingly, The Daily Show omits this bit as well.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Assault Countersuit Lawsuit

    Chris Brown Accuses Frank Ocean's Cousin of Shakedown in Countersuit

    Nearly three months after Chris Brown was sued for $2 million for his part in that January fight with Frank Ocean, the embattled R&B star is countersuing. Althought Ocean himself forgave Brown almost immediately for allegedly threatening to "bust" him and calling him a gay slur, Ocean's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte made it legal, claiming that Brown's bodyguard had attacked Duarte on Brown's command, and kicked him while he was on the ground.According to legal documents obtained by SPIN, Brown is now saying that Duarte threatened to kill the singer "without provocation" before making "gestures with his hands and fists to signal that he was ready to strike Mr. Brown in the face and on the body." The cross-complaint accuses Duarte of "outrageous and despicable" conduct "part of a calculated effort ...

  • Vic Mensa Eliza Doolittle 'YNSP' Video Innanetape Mixtape

    Vic Mensa Is Inside of the Internet in 'YNSP' Video

    Chicago rhymer Vic Mensa gives us another reason to celebrate his still-fresh mixtape, Innanetape, with the video for "YNSP," the Eliza Doolittle-featuring song first heard back in September. For the uninitiated, the SAVEMONEY crew member has a thing for the World Wide Web — the new set's title is a slurred portmanteau of "Internet" and "mixtape," and the song is an acronym for "Yung Netscape, Save Peso." The Nem Perez-created clip finds Mensa rapping amidst 3-D wormholes, iridescent static, and glitchy color bars. Also: YouTube windows within YouTube windows (vidception?), and flying cans of "Orange Soda." For more videos from Innanetape, check out the sunny clips for "Hollywood LA" and "Lovely Day."

  • Yuck 'Lose My Breath' Video Glow & Behold Single

    Yuck Celebrate the VHS Tape in 'Lose My Breath' Video

    Yuck regrouped earlier this year sans frontman Daniel Blumberg and wound up making a record that handily rivals their debut. Glow & Behold is aptly titled — a warm work that keeps dolling out gifts worth witnessing, from the shoegaze-guided "Rebirth" to the Elliott Smith-ish "Memorial Fields." Now the London band lets loose a fun and fuzzy visual for "Lose My Breath," one of the album's most honeyed alt-'90s throwbacks. The video comes courtesy of Videothing static-master Michael Reich and — a word of warning — is potentially seizure-inducing, apparently. It also pays tribute to another fetishized piece of pop-culture, the VHS tape. 

  • Aaron Cohen Nickvanexelrose Video ABGOHARD Potential Fans

    Aaron Cohen Raps All Over Hollywood in 'Nickvanexelrose' Video

    Aaron Cohen came from Seattle but he's made New York his home. The man rhymes with an Eastern swagger and undeniable confidence, as witnessed in the clip above. "I really don't care / That's the motto," he deadpans through that wild red beard on "Nickvanexelrose." The song takes its name from former NBA player Nick Van Exel and famous "asshole" Axl Rose (don't be salty, it's in the lyrics), both of whom make appearances. From there, though, we get Cohen and collaborator ABGOHARD experiencing some of the amenities of Los Angeles."We we're out in L.A. to talk to a couple of labels," Cohen tells SPIN. "We didn't know anybody and just started asking girls to hang out with us and be in the video. The girls you see in the video were the ones cool enough to say yes. I think the best aspect of the video is that we just brought our grimy vibes out to a glamorous atmosphere.

  • The National Lean Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack Stream

    The National Get 'Lean' on for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    The National return in particularly morose form (that's a good thing) on "Lean," the Brooklyn band's contribution to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The 15-song set is rounded out by a broad range of artists including the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, Patti Smith, and Mikky Ekko. We've already heard original contributions from Coldplay ("Atlas") and Sia with Diplo and the Weeknd ("Elastic Heart"), and the National's latest post-Trouble Will Find Me offering is strikingly unlike either, finding Matt Berninger doing his deep-voiced dad-rock thing over paced piano and bent guitar strings. Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22 — star Josh Hutcherson will be hosting Saturday Night Live when SPIN cover stars Haim perform — and the soundtrack arrives November 19. The last one debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

  • Juan Wauters Beets 'Water' Stream NAP North American Poetry

    Juan Wauters Breaks From the Beets for Beautiful Folk Tune 'Water'

    New York garage-folk hero Juan Wauters is breaking free from the Beets for his debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry. In contrast to his shambolic band's crude punkish impressions, the man's solo material hews more acoustic and bare, showcasing his warm voice and knack for, yes, poetry that feels beamed in from a halcyon era. Below you can hear "Water," which finds the Uruguay native contemplating his place in the cosmos over light strum. Take a glimpse at the track list and album art below, and keep an eye out for upcoming dates. Wauters' globe-hopping live lineup includes singer Carmelle Safdie (Israel), multi-instrumentalist Tall Juan Zaballa (Argentina), percussionist Chie Mori (Japan), and flutist Amanda Rodi (Mexico). Watch the clip at the bottom of the post to learn what Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern have to do with it.Juan Wauters, N.A.P.

  • Deltron 3030 Zack De La Rocha 'Melding of the Minds' Video Event

    Deltron 3030 and Zack De La Rocha Get a Cartoon 'Melding of the Minds'

    The Deltron 3030 reunion is in full swing with the Event 2 album out now — a sequel 13 years in the making — and a far-reaching, orchestra-enriched tour in progress.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Tour Rescheduled Cancelled Dates

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Back on Track but Not for All

    Last week we learned that Kanye West's incredibly ambitious Yeezus tour had been derailed by a truck accident, resulting in several dates being postponed while expensive, custom-made equipment integral to the stage show was refabricated. Now West's team has released the updated, final tour schedule and though three of the skipped cities will be serviced in December, several others will not.Those who will be blessed not only by the presence of West but by a guy dressed up as White Christ himself (not to mention that massive freaking pyramid they're traveling with) include Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto. Actively snubbed by Jesus and his favorite "Christian warrior" are Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. Guess Bonny Bear bro is gonna hafta sit this out.New dates below. Meanwhile, when's the last time you communed with Yeezus?

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