Marc Hogan

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  • Drake

    Drake Becomes a Man Thanks to Lil Wayne and Rihanna

    The vinyl edition of Drake's Take Care actually consists of two records, and the last of their four sides is arguably the best despite not containing any of the album's official singles. That is, until earlier this month, when exuberantly foul-mouthed Lil Wayne collaboration "HYFR" went to radio.

  • Nicki Minaj

    See Nicki Minaj's Booty-Shaking 'Beez in the Trap' Video

    The video for Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," which our reviewer credits for "annihilating the rest of" the rapper-singer-superhero's new Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, works as a neat visual parallel to the track itself. Like the minimal but verbally assaulting club-rap throwback, which SPIN's hip-hop blog described as "Nicki Minaj's gangsta-rap record," the clip is at once slow-moving and action-packed. There's blonde Nicki the Barbie in pink leotard, squatting low and rapping from behind barbed wire; there's green-haired Nicki the mermaid in a bikini throwing out hundreds at a strip club; and there's raven-haired Nicki the mixtape MC in skimpy leopard print showing off her derriere as Atlanta's 2 Chainz leeringly pays his respects.

  • Jack White

    Jack White Wishes the White Stripes Hadn't Broken Up, Too

    The chance of the White Stripes reuniting appear to be as sadly slim as ever, but at least Jack White is making the cause of the rockers' continued absence a little bit clearer. White recently told NME there's "absolutely no chance" of his old band getting back together. "I'm not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year," he was quoted as saying. Now, in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile, White has explained that the choice isn't necessarily up to him. "I'd make a White Stripes record right now," White told the Times. "I'd be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life. That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me. I wish it was still here. It's something I really, really miss." The duo's split really came at the behest of drummer Meg White, Jack says of his ex-wife.

  • Missy Elliott / Photo by Jerritt Clark/FilmMagic

    Missy Elliott Performed a New Song With Timbaland Last Night

    Missy Elliott just took one step closer to (what she'd probably rather we didn't call) a long-awaited comeback. The hip-hop badass has been gracing the occasional track for a few years now, and her first album in seven years, Block Party, has been set for this June. Last night, as Miss Info reports, Missy Elliott joined longtime collaborator Timbaland onstage in New York City, performing new material as well as her classic "Get Ur Freak On." Although it's hard to tell much about the new song from distorted audience videos, Missy looks exuberant, wearing giant hoop earrings and a pink, sparkly tracksuit. Thought to be titled "Triple Threat," the track reportedly pays its respects to the late UGK great Pimp C, and it's the same one Timbaland previously showcased at SXSW.

  • Mercy

    G.O.O.D. Friday: Hear Kanye West and Co.'s Slinky 'Mercy'

    Kanye West has granted his platinum-plated cosign to Daft Punk, Can, and Bon Iver, among other once-unlikely hip-hop touchstones — King Crimson, hanh? When the pungent smoke clears from West's new G.O.O.D. music single, "Mercy," featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, the big winner might be another artist previously little-known to a mass audience: Warp Records' Scottish electronic producer Ross Birchard, a.k.a. Hudson Mohawke. Fact reports that HudMo, last seen remixing laser-guided post-rock pummelers Battles, contributes "additional instruments" to the track. But first, the track, which stays firmly in each contributor's lane. G.O.O.D.

  • Jim Marshall / Photo Courtesy Marshall Amps

    Jim Marshall, Guitar Amp Trailblazer, Dead at 88

    Deafeningly loud rock music has lost one of its founding fathers. Jim Marshall, whose Marshall guitar amplifier helped multiple generations of rock legends crank their sound to 11, is dead at age 88, according to a statement from the company he founded. Marshall's amps generated a powerfully fuzzy blast that became omnipresent among '60s rockers. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Who's Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page all used Marshall amps, as the Wall Street Journal notes. But so did AC/DC's Angus Young, Guns N' Roses' Slash, Van Halen's Eddie Valen, and, further demonstrating Marshall's multi-generational reach, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

  • Ramona Falls / Jeni Stembridge

    Menomena's Brent Knopf Returns: Hear Ramona Falls' Jagged 'Sqworm'

    Just in time for Passover, Brent Knopf's Ramona Falls has unveiled a fidgety, guitar-scraped piano-rocker that evokes the holiday's Moses-era origins. "I put the lamb's blood on my door," the former Menomena member intones earnestly on "Sqworm," from Prophet, due May 1 on Barsuk. The album is Ramona Falls' second, but the first since Knopf left Menomena to focus on his new band, which notably includes new Menomena member Paul Alcott on drums. The previous Prophet track to surface, "Spore," was stately, universe-contemplating indie-pop that also served as a fanfare for Knopf's leap into the great post-Menomena unknown: "Ready or not, here I come," Knopf sang. "Sqworm" takes on a darker edge, with jarring rhythms, abrasive guitars, and creepily low-pitched backing vocals.

  • Nite Jewel / Photo by Mathew Scott

    Hear Nite Jewel's Dizzy 'Clive (Dntel Remix)'

    Jimmy Tamborello, a.k.a. Dntel, is probably best known for the kaleidoscopic digital tapestries of laptop beats and indie-pop earnestness he pioneered in the early 2000s with the Postal Service. When not reissuing this format's 2001 breakthrough, Dntel's Life Is Full of Possibilities, Tamborello has quietly continued to release Dntel remixes of a more fragmented nature, for the likes of Swedish popster Lykke Li and San Antonio producer Ernest Gonzalez.

  • Jack White

    Jack White's 'Sixteen Saltines' Video: Youth Gone Wild

    "Sixteen Saltines" is the more muscular, rock-oriented song out of the two that have emerged — in non-balloon form, at least — from Jack White's April 24 solo debut Blunderbuss. But in the song's new AG Rojas-directed video, he's as much the passive victim as he is in the mellow advance track "Love Interruption," in which the former White Stripes frontman sings of being bitten, stabbed, and having his mouth split open. This time, it's actually much worse: His hands are bound with rope, and a tribe of feral, depraved youths, at least one of whom somehow possesses the ability to fly, are about to — well, we won't spoil it.

  • Kanye West / Photo by Walik Goshorn/ Retna

    Kanye West and DJ Khaled Prescribe Tabloid-Baiting 'Theraflu'

    Move over, Kanye West. Make way for ... Kanye West? As Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music label gets set to release a new single, "Mercy," on Friday, April 6 — which also happens to be the actual Good Friday holiday — the hip-hop heavyweight has let slip a new collaboration with well-connected Florida shouter DJ Khaled. "Theraflu," which features extra tags and bombastic sound effects to let you know it premiered via Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, is aggressively seething enough to withstand all the additional cacophony. Set to ominous beeps and crunk-echoing thuds, in the dark-twisted royal mode of "Niggas in Paris," the track allows West to fume, boast, and confess as only he can, without even a hook to interrupt him.

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