Luke McCormick

writer

Biography

  • Machine Gun Kelly's Scandalous Tour Tales

    Machine Gun Kelly's Scandalous Tour Tales

    "Eight to 12 months ago you put me in a bubble category," was the first thing out of Ohio motormouth MC Machine Gun Kelly's mouth when he visited SPIN's Manhattan offices recently. "A fucking bubble chart and it said, 'Artists You Should Care About, But You Really Don't Have To.'" Which is true, we definitely did that, but MGK wasn't mad. "Thanks to whoever put me in that bubble," he says. "I credit them with what has happened since then." Which is what exactly? Oh, Diddy just signed dude to his label, Bad Boy, and executive-produced his debut album, Lace Up, which dropped October 9. Kelly is also fresh off a headlining jaunt through Europe.After the pleasantries of bubble-category talk were over, MGK munched on a salad and filled us in on everything he's experienced lately, including Amsterdam's, um, unique hospitality and lighting candles with DMX.

  • Anthony Hamilton

    Anthony Hamilton Talks Tupac and Getting His Swerve On

    Anthony Hamilton was in full-on dad mode when we rang him at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Taking a break from making lunch for his twin two-year-old sons, Aaron and Nolan, Hamilton, who kicks off his Back to Love tour with Estelle on September 9 in Columbia, South Carolina, told his boys to take smaller bites of their sandwiches before instructing us on the art of grilled cheese. "It tastes better when you call it the hood version: cheese toast," said the gritty-voiced soul star. "I get some of that Section Eight butter to make 'em," he jokes. "Not really. I got that Land O'Lakes!" Duly noted.When he wasn't talking sandwiches, Hamilton shared some of the fatherly advice he's accrued over a career that's seen him sing with Al Green, deliver hooks on a posthumous Tupac track, and earn multiple Grammy nominations.Being in the right place at the right time helps.

  • Chippy Nonstop

    Stream Chippy Nonstop's Hypnotic 'MoneyDance101' EP

    Today, Oakland-based MC (and known Kreayshawn associate) Chippy Nonstop will unleash her appropriately titled MoneyDance101 EP, a set of Bay Area bangers that expands on the skill set she's shown by way of zig-zagging collaboration with Big Baby Gandhi, Andy Milonakis, and Starslinger. We find her here both brandishing and massaging a monotone flow, spitting about partying and bullshit, and managing to make every sloth-like cut club-ready — minus, of course, EP closer "So I Know It's Real," which nearly scans as nu-metal workout. Hear it from top to bottom:

  • Big Boi / Photo by  C. Flanigan/Getty

    5 Things SPIN Learned About Big Boi's 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors'

    Thursday afternoon at MSR Studios, just off of Manhattan's Times Square, Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot himself, sidled up to the studio's recording console and cued up some select cuts from his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out November 13. Flanked by co-producer Chris Carmouche and Phantogram vocalist Sarah Barthel, who delivers hooks on the album, Big Boi said some brief hellos and then got down to business. Here are five reasons to be psyched for the new record: 1. Big Boi Hearts Phantogram "She's my new Sleepy Brown" Big Boi said, comparing Barthel, who was snapping pics of the MC, to the Dungeon Family hookmaster. His connection came from a bit of kismet. Turns out Big had unknowingly heard Phantogram's ethereal "Mouthful of Diamonds" in a commercial. After he had Shazam'd the track and figured out which band was responsible, he hit the duo up on Twitter.

  • Ab-Soul / Photo by Ture Lillegraven

    Ab-Soul: Black Hippy's Heady Energy Force Leads by Listening

    Who: Born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, Ab-Soul, 25, has spent the last few years as the secret weapon of Los Angeles rap collective Black Hippy. But his most recent outing, the sinewy, studied, yet still fun-as-hell Control System, feels like a serious unveiling. Stevens' intense musical upbringing (his father owned a record store in his native Carson, California) and personal struggles (suffering from Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a kid; the death of his longtime collaborator and girlfriend Alori Joh this year) has lent his work a sharp-toothed ferocity. He raps as if he's got a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, exploring conspiracy theories, shady government dealings, and psychedelics. Beneath the Surface: Ab-Soul started rapping at age 12, when he and a childhood friend would lay rhymes over beats from MTV Music Generator on Sony PlayStation.

  • Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers / Photo by Ysa Pérez

    Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers Hang in a Tent, Recall the Birth of 'Lady'

    SPIN went backstage with Das Racist, chauffered the Black Lips, pitched a tent with EMA, and visited the campgrounds with Danny Brown at Bonnaroo this year, but we weren't knocked nearly speechless until we were standing in a small tent with Kenny Rogers and his special guest, R&B legend Lionel Richie. We sent a few nervous texts to our parents (mom freaked, dad wondered if Richie remembered meeting him in Vegas a few years ago), fiddled with cameras, and remarked on the Tennessee mist. Then we realized these dudes are old friends and they pretty much interviewed themselves. Today on Richie's 63rd birthday, we'd like to give you a gift. Read on for the tale of how the two first met: Kenny: "He's Lionel.

  • Bassnectar's Amazing Alien Baby: How Dreams and Earthquakes Shaped His Sound

    Bassnectar's Amazing Alien Baby: How Dreams and Earthquakes Shaped His Sound

    Bassnectar loves to share. The genre-melding EDM low-end master can't even get through a meal without telling the world about it. "Since I was a kid I had a natural inclination to share anything I found highly pleasurable," says the man born Lorin Ashton. "So if I experience a good place to eat or even an amazing song, I won't finish before I start texting people like, 'You gotta try this!' " That enthusiasm is what led Bassnectar to start organizing raves in the mid-'90s, after falling in love with the glowstick-lit scene. Throwing parties turned into DJing turned into making his own music.

  • SpaceGhostPurrp / Photo by Tim Saccenti

    SpaceGhostPurrp Isn't Sure if Nicki Minaj Can Hang With Him

    Rapidly rising rapper SpaceGhostPurrp is a simple man. Talking with Purrp at the Manhattan offices of 4AD Records, the 21-year-old explains that he likes a cold brew on his porch, watching the animated adventures of Garfield, and dominating stages across the country. Good thing his new Mysterious Phonk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp (4AD), out June 12 and which contains re-worked, re-mixed, and sonically clearer versions of his best mixtape jams, is giving him the chance to do the latter. We spoke with the Miami native about the still eerily claustrophobic, intensely charismatic album, who he'd like to work with (Hey, Nicki!), and his rapping heritage. Let's talk a little bit about the new album. Production-wise it's cleaner than the stuff you'd put out without a label.

  • Killer Mike

    Hear Killer Mike's Fiery 'R.A.P. Music': The MC Runs Us Through His New LP

    Killer Mike has always been a passionate rapper, but with his sixth studio album, R.A.P. Music, he's gone next-level. "I put everything into this record. I said I was going to do everything I wanna do and say everything I wanna say," said Mike, as we chatted at a small Italian restaurant on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The album, produced entirely by noise-rap stalwart El-P, goes harder than hard with chest-caving 808s and fiery political rhetoric.

  • Brian Fallon / Photo by Danny Clinch

    The Gaslight Anthem Get Grungy in Nashville

    When Brian Fallon is trying to concentrate, he doesn't want to see you. So when the frontman for New Jersey blue-collar punks Gaslight Anthem and his bandmates — guitarist Alex Rosamillia, bassist Alex Levin, and drummer Benny Horowitz — were set to record their fourth full-length album, Handwritten, due in June, they had to get out of the Garden State. As a result, they hightailed it to a city known for producing some pretty okay music. "We were just kinda like, 'Hey, anyone know anybody in Nashville?' " recounts Fallon. The answer was a resounding no. "It was literally that simple," says the raspy-voiced singer. Well, not quite. Unbeknownst to Gaslight, their producer, Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) happened to have his own studio in Music City. "That worked out convenient," Fallon says with a chuckle.

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