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The 10 Most David Foster Wallace-ian Quotes in ‘Signifying Rappers’

This week, Mark Costello and David Foster Wallace's Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present is back in print from Back Bay Books.
Brandon Soderberg / July 26, 2013

LL Cool J Knows Who Action Bronson Is on ‘Strictly 4 My Jeeps’ Remix

Action Bronson has positioned his new single "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" as a sort of Queens anthem, which was echoed in a video that features the…
Jordan Sargent / June 6, 2013

LL Cool J’s Final Word on ‘Accidental Racist,’ Victory Lap Tour, and His Legacy

There's no blueprint for celebrating your 29th year in the rap game, so every year that LL Cool J is still making music, he's technically…

Brad Paisley’s ‘Accidental Racist’-Spawning, ‘SNL’-Mocked Album Will Chart

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist" might not have sparked quite the conversation its creators intended, but the widely mocked country-rap song continues…
Marc Hogan / April 15, 2013

LL Cool J’s Other Brad Paisley Collaboration, ‘Live for You,’ Is a Syrupy Love Ode

Do ladies still love cool James? It's possible, and the Clear Channel gods could certainly decide that men and women alike should be compelled to…
Marc Hogan / April 11, 2013

Dissecting Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s Politely Toxic Dud ‘Accidental Racist’

Country-rap conversation-starter "Accidental Racist," from Brad Paisley's new album Wheelhouse (out tomorrow), is a plastic-sounding Nashville facsimile fitted with rudimentary nods to hip-hop production —…
Brandon Soderberg / April 8, 2013

Stream LL Cool J’s Grammy-Exploding, Rubin-Era Banger ‘Whaddup’

LL Cool J may have made a fool of himself shoehorning the word "hashtag" into every other word during his second Grammys hosting stint but…
Chris Martins / February 12, 2013

Hip-Hop at the Grammys: The Perils of Doin’ It for the Culture

As is always the case with rap music and the Grammys, nearly all of the rap-related awards were given out during the pre-show ceremony. Jay-Z…
Brandon Soderberg / February 11, 2013

The 2012 Grammys’ Highs and Lows: Didn’t We Almost Have It All

Adele's big voice triumphed on a night that paid too little tribute to one of the biggest voices in music history, while Nicki Minaj tried…
Ken Bachor / February 13, 2012

LL Cool J Will Be Loungin’ as Grammys Host

Jon Stewart. Queen Latifah. Nobody for seven years. ... LL Cool J? Sounds about right. The rapper-actor born James Todd Smith will host the 54th…
Marc Hogan / January 18, 2012

Neil Diamond, Tom Waits Score Rock Hall Inductions

Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, and Neil Diamond are among the eight musicians and industry veterans who will be inducted into the 26th Annual Rock and…
Kevin O'Donnell / December 15, 2010

Rock Hall Nominees Announced!

Greasepaint and tube socks can go a long way. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation this morning announced that KISS -- KISS! --…
David Marchese / September 23, 2009

SPIN.com’s Guide to Presidential Inauguration Concerts

Tuesday, January 20, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as President. And what better way to celebrate his arrival than with some great concerts?
Larry Fitzmaurice / January 14, 2009
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