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  • Danny Brown Raps Over J Dilla's Beats on 'Jay-Dee's Revenge'

    Danny Brown Raps Over J Dilla's Beats on 'Jay-Dee's Revenge'

    While some deceased music luminaries — well, so far just Tupac — rejoin us in hologram form, others endure in the form of their record collections. That includes the late British DJ John Peel, whose vast trove is gradually going online, or the late rapper/producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, whose personal crates were said to be on sale at a Detroit-area record store. J Dilla is like Tupac in another way, though, in that after his death in 2006, at age 32, he left behind plenty of material for posthumous releases. Detroit's own hip-hop eccentric Danny Brown has already rapped on one, 2009's Jay Stay Paid, and his latest work over Dilla's beats, titled "Jay-Dee's Revenge," has now surfaced, with an impressionistic video to go with it.

  • See Swizz Beatz' Star-Studded A$AP Rocky Collaboration

    See Swizz Beatz' Star-Studded A$AP Rocky Collaboration

    App makers must be salivating in hopes that Swizz Beatz inadvertently shares his contacts list by failing to read the terms-of-service fine print. The New York rapper-producer (real name: Kasseem Dean) enlists an impressive pair of rising stars, DJ-producer AraabMuzik and rapper A$AP Rocky, on "Street Knock," from his forthcoming Limitless mixtape. The flashy video goes one further, however, delivering cameos from basketball great Allen Iverson and a host of hip-hop veterans, plus the requisite expensive car. As the video's inclusion of a drum line confirms, AraabMuzik's twitchily propulsive style here isn't so unlike that of the One Man Band Man himself, while Swizz and Rocky trade ridiculous boasts with charisma to spare. It might be hard to pay attention to their lyrics while you're playing spot-the-rapper, though.

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    Village People Singer Wins Closely Watched 'Y.M.C.A.' Rights Case

    The original lead singer for the Village People, Victor Willis, has won a court case involving the rights to "Y.M.C.A." and other songs, Billboard reports. For the music industry, the ramifications could be almost as far-reaching as the 1978 pop-disco smash itself. Almost. Read our oral history of "Y.M.C.A." U.S. District Court Judge Barry Moskowitz in California granted Willis' motion to dismiss the claims of two music publishing companies, Scorpio Music and Can't Stop Production. The publishers had sued to block the former Village People frontman from reclaiming his share of 33 of the act's songs, "Y.M.C.A." among them.

  • B.o.B on 'Leno'

    B.o.B Teams With O.A.R. in Nightmarish Marriage of Abbrev.

    We already know B.o.B will collaborate with anyone who moves units, but this is ridiculous. Bobby Ray, the Atlanta rapper-singer with a latent and unfortunate coffeehouse-strummer streak, and fellow abbrev. users O.A.R., the rockers who rode their poor-man's Dave Matthews Band jams all the way from Ohio State frat parties to a sold-out 2006 Madison Square Garden show, have teamed up. Although both the Strange Clouds artist and the

  • Skrillex / Photo by Ian Witlen

    FestWatch: Bumbershoot, Counter.Point, Pygmalion, CBGB Announce Lineups

    The summer music festival outlook just got a bit clearer, as Bumbershoot, Counter.Point, Pygmalion, and CBGB are among the latest events to unveil their lineups. The forecast calls for plenty of Skrillex, but art-rockers Grizzly Bear will also be making a stateside return, while M83, Cloud Nothings, and plenty of others are scheduled for multiple appearances. As Seattle Weekly reports, Bumbershoot returns to the Seattle Center on the Sept. 1-3 Labor Day weekend. Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett, Skrillex, M83, Mac Miller, and Big Sean are among this year's headliners. Other standouts on the bill include Passion Pit, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Vaselines, Low, Mudhoney, Wanda Jackson & the Dusty 45's, M. Ward, Yelawolf, and the reunited Promise Ring.

  • Beastie Boys

    Beastie Boys Hit With Sampling Lawsuit on Eve of MCA's Death

    As the surviving members of the Beastie Boys grieve the loss of Adam "MCA" Yauch, they're also facing a horrendously ill-timed lawsuit involving two of their most beloved albums. AllHipHop reports that on May 3, a day before Yauch died from cancer, record label Tuf America sued the group for copyright infringement over tracks from 1986 debut License to Ill and its sample-collage masterpiece follow-up, 1989's Paul's Boutique. Filed in federal court in New York, the lawsuit alleges unauthorized use of two songs by Washington, DC-based R&B group Trouble Funk.

  • Fang Island Ready 'Major' New Summer Album

    Fang Island Ready 'Major' New Summer Album

    Fang Island will reemerge from the indie-rock sea this summer. The exuberant Brooklyn guitar-mongers have announced that their sophomore album, Major, is set to arrive on July 24 via Sargent House. The follow-up to 2010's self-titled debut, which the band once described as "everyone high-fiving everyone," only expands on that cheerful eagerness, according to the announcement. The band is billing its return as an exercise in untrammeled positivity, so fans of the Polyphonic Spree or the Go! Team might want to take note. "One of our core ideas has always been that our songs would be all of your favorite parts of the song that other bands make you wait eight minutes to get to," guitarist-singer Jason Bartell says in a statement. "We wanted to be the band that's nothing but your favorite hooks back to back." Bartell, fellow guitarist-singer Chris Georges, and drummer Marc St.

  • The Beach Boys

    See the Beach Boys and Spiritualized's Secular Late-Night Worship Service

    Two different generations of bands devoted to near-religious musical transcendence appeared on late-night TV last night. The newly reunited Beach Boys played three songs, including their new "That's Why God Made the Radio," on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Spiritualized performed on Late Show With David Letterman in support of acclaimed new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light. For all the behind-the-scenes tragedies and travesties since the Beach Boys' '60s heyday, the group's sweetly sung Fallon renditions of classic oldies "In My Room" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" still produced shivers, at once sounding almost identical to their sublime originals and yet edged with the inevitable roughness of age. "That's Why God Made the Radio," well, our opinion differs from that of SPIN editor Christopher R. Weingarten here. Have you guys actually listened to the Explorers Club?

  • The Beatles / Photo by Getty Images

    Can't Buy Me Love: How $250K Netted 'Mad Men' a Beatles Tune

    On Sunday night's Mad Men, at the end of an episode involving the impossibility of licensing an actual Beatles song, creator and show runner Matthew Weiner pulls out a brilliant trump card: an actual Beatles song. And not just any actual Beatles song, but "Tomorrow Never Knows," the closing track on 1966's Revolver, and a recording marked by both John Lennon's Tibetan Book of the Dead-inspired lyrics and Paul McCartney's Stockhausen-informed tape loops. But this TV coup came at a steep cost: $250,000, according to separate reports by the New York' ArtsBeat blog and the Wall Street Journal, both citing unidentified people familiar with the deal Covers of Beatles songs are common enough over the airwaves, but as the episode, titled "Lady Lazarus," correctly suggested, to hear the Beatles' original studio recordings on TV is rare verging on never done.

  • Passion Pit

    Passion Pit Singer Steps Out on Crisis-Themed 'Take a Walk'

    Passion Pit have unveiled the first single from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-born electro-pop outfit's upcoming album Gossamer, due out on July 24 via Columbia. A stomping, politically charged anthem, "Take a Walk" suggests the biggest changes since 2009 debut Manners might have been behind the scenes. Frontman Michael Angelakos, who launched Passion Pit as effectively a solo project with 2008's Chunk of Change EP, gets sole billing in a press release announcing the new song, and his lyrics, now posed more prominently in the mix, signal an acknowledgement of the financial crisis and ensuing recession. Passion Pit actually premiered "Take a Walk" this past fall at the Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, although at the time we didn't know the song's title. The lyrics, which are posted online, suggest the tune could have been gestating even longer.

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