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  • Lil Wayne / Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty

    What's Beef: Lil Wayne, Pusha-T, and a Hip-Hop Feud of Biblical Proportions

    "Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." That's the Bible verse that serves as the title of former Clipse half Pusha T's snarling, Notorious B.I.G.-sampling track released last week, "Exodus 23:1." Though most media reports so far have cited modern, Americanized translations, there's a certain poetry in the classic King James version. That word, "wicked," says a lot: The Virginia Beach hip-hop veteran didn't just quote the ninth of the Ten Commandments, which warns against bearing "false witness"; he carefully aimed his shots at someone who was teaming up with, in his Manichean worldview, the bad guys. It's masterful hip-hop marketing, and so far it looks like Pusha is winning.

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    My Morning Jacket's Jim James on Debut Solo Album: 'It's Done'

    My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James plans to release his debut solo album in 2013, Rolling Stone reports. "It's done," James is quoted as saying. "I think it's gonna come out in early February of next year." Although no title or track list is available yet, James tells Rolling Stone he's planning on taking the material on the road. He says he's talking with old friends from back home in Kentucky. One longtime friend, who played with James in his first-ever band, is reportedly the drummer on the bulk of the album. As for the music itself, James' high, lonesome voice remains a constant, but don't expect the record to sound exactly like My Morning Jacket. "It's got some mellow stuff on there, but it's also got some really different stuff," James is quoted as saying. "I'm really proud of it.

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    Lady Gaga Isn't Really Going to Censor Her Live Show

    Lady Gaga won't censor her show, regardless of whether that means some dates on her Asian tour end up being banned by national authorities, the pop diva's manager says. The AP reports that Troy Carter told Singapore's Straits Times newspaper that Lady Gaga "plays the show as it is," and that she isn't "provocative for the sake of being provocative." No word on how Lady Gaga feels about that Will Ferrell sample in Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne hit "Niggas in Paris." Indonesian Muslim groups have been assailing Lady Gaga's act as immoral ahead of her sold-out show in Jakarta, scheduled for June 3. Earlier this month, national police gave in to the pressure, denying Gaga a permit for the concert. A police spokesperson reportedly cited concerns about the security of Lady Gaga and her fans in the face of violent threats.

  • Jay-Z (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) / Willow Smith (Stephen Lovekin/Getty)

    Jay-Z Confirmed Music Chief for Willow Smith 'Annie' Remake

    Daddy Warbucks, the rumors are true: Jay-Z will be overseeing music for a remake of the musical Annie and will contribute original tracks. That's according to British actress Emma Thompson, who is writing the film, as she confirmed — along with Jay-Z's involvement — to BBC and the U.K. Press Association. The movie is being produced by Will Smith and will star his daughter, hair-whipping Jay-Z signee and noted Odd Future fan Willow Smith. "I think it's a very good combination," Thompson told the BBC. She added that film's management was hoping to choose a director as early as this week. Thompson is pumped about the project, according to the Press Association, which quotes her as saying: "I'm writing a modern version of Annie for Willow to play, which I'm so excited about because Jay-Z is going to do the music — oh my God I'm so modern!

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    The National Go Fantasy-Epic for 'Game of Thrones' Song

    "It was raining when Lem returned to the brewhouse, muttering curses as water ran off his yellow cloak to puddle on the floor," writes Game of Thrones series creator George R.R. Martin in his 2000 fantasy novel A Storm of Swords. "Anguy and Jack-Be-Lucky sat by the door rolling dice, but no matter which game they played one-eyed Jack had no luck at all." At this point a character named Tom Sevenstrings switches out a string on his "woodharp" and regales his motley audience with a few tunes, one of which has now been set to music by the National. The lyrics to "The Rains of Castamere," the Brooklyn rockers' contribution to the June 19 Games of Thrones: Season Two soundtrack, originally appeared in the book and were written by Martin.

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    Watch Linkin Park's Self-Immolating 'Burn It Down' Video

    Linkin Park's June 26 album Living Things, which features strings from Arcade Fire arranger Owen Pallett, feels intensely personal, based on our interview with the group. But first single "Burn It Down" appears to have universal applications. The pulsating, soft-loud electro-rocker plays constantly in promos for the NBA playoffs, while in a new video for the track (via MTV), it soundtracks an emotion-wracked live performance accompanied by — you guessed it — fiery visual effects. "We can't wait to burn it to the ground," singer Chester Bennington rasps over exhortations from rapper-producer Mike Shinoda. As another band from unlikely Living Things guest Pallett's Toronto hometown, Stars, once put it: When there's nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.

  • Stone Roses / Photo by Dave J. Hogan/Getty

    Watch the Stone Roses Play First Show in 16 Years

    The Stone Roses are alive and well. Several months after confirming plans to reunite for their first concerts in 16 years, the Manchester, U.K.-based band played a last-minute show last night at Parr Hall in Warrington, England. Announced only a few hours ahead of time, the concert was free to anyone who came with a piece of band memorabilia or a ticket to one of the Stone Roses' scheduled gigs this summer, according to Consequence of Sound. Singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren played 11 songs before a crowd of just 1,500, according to the NME. The set reportedly included "I Wanna Be Adored," a classic off the band's 1989 self-titled debut, and "Love Spreads," from 1994's The Second Come.

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    Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' Video: Not a Rap Video

    Here's something you may have missed about Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Wrecking Ball, when it came out back in early March: It has rapping on it. (See also: Is Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball a Rap Album?) "Rocky Ground," the elegaic ballad that includes gospel singer Michelle Moore's blessedly not-cringe-worthy rap verse, now has a video, but it's more Asbury Park than WorldStarHipHop.com. As Springsteen solemnly rumbles about the New Testament admonition against "the money changers in this temple," backed by a mechanical beat and beautifully weeping organ, the clip sets slow-motion black-and-white footage behind a hand writing out the lyrics with a felt-tip pen. "There's a new day coming," the Boss repeats, joined by an angelic choir, but as a raspy sampled voice howls intermittently through the mix, it's hard not to think of the good old days.

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    Paramore's Hayley Williams: New Songs Less 'Toiled and Troubled'

    Paramore's Hayley Williams has taken some time out from working on her band's upcoming fourth album — and helping fun. do the billion-and-oneth Gotye cover — to praise Alabama Shakes and offer further insight into the new Paramore record. Answering questions submitted by a fan on Buzznet (via NME), Williams said that while her favorite band has long been Philadelphia post-hardcore outfit mewithoutYou, "my love for music stemmed from old Motown artists like the Temptations. Right now, I'm loving Alabama Shakes 'cause they've got those vibes but it's grittier. So great." Our reviewer pretty much agreed.

  • Jay-Z, Kanye West, and some lady / Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images for Belvedere

    Kanye West Unveils New Music at 'Cruel Summer' Cannes Debut

    Kanye West premiered Cruel Summer, a seven-screen art film inspired by the rapper's upcoming G.O.O.D. Music label compilation of the same name, yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Much of what has come out about the debut involves the lavish setting (the film was screened in a tent built like a pyramid) and the celebrities in attendance (current West squeeze Kim Kardashian; Jay-Z, but not Beyoncé, who performs her first post-baby shows in Atlantic City this weekend). Beneath all the the glitz, glamor, and spectacle, though, multiple reports confirm the presence of something arguably most exciting of all: new music. All music in Cruel Summer is new, reports GQ senior editor Logan Hill, who spoke with one of the film's stars, Kid Cudi, at the event.

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