There you go, Londoners. Eminem at Wembley.
So Eminem is still a thing. Despite the rapper’s career deflating slightly after the 00s, he is still big. Big enough to fill Wembley Arena with screaming fans. In fact, Slim set sort of a record Friday, being the first rapper to ever perform at the massive London venue. Technically, he shared the honour with Dr. Dre, since the rapper/producer joined his former protégé for a couple of songs. Dre treated fans to a couple of vintage track, including Still Dre, Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang and Forgot About Dre.
At 41, Eminem is still going strong and powering through shows.
And he wasn’t the only one helping out Eminem at Wembley. The rapper also brought out Danny Brown and Odd Future to open for him. So overall, it sounds like fans got more than they bargained for with the gig. There was a clear theme to the show, the same one Slim’s been playing on for a couple of albums now: do not mess with Marshall Mathers. He opened with a triple hit of Bad Guy, Square Dance and 3AM.
Continue reading: Eminem Rocks London In Very First Wembley Gig
The Michigan rapper wasn't happy about being left out
Danny Brown took to twitter to air his grievances surrounding “Hella Hoes”, the A$AP Mob track which, apparently, should have featured a verse recorded by the 33-year-old rapper.
Brown performs at Coachella 2013 [Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella]
We’re guessing what really stings is that Brown took time out of his increasingly busy schedule and actually shelled out for studio time to record the verse for A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Twelvyy, the members of the Mob behind the track.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse and four diehard fans sue over being classed by the government as a "gang."
F***in' Lawsuits, how do they work again? Insane Clown Posse and four of their most devoted Juggalos (fans) have sued the FBI and the Department of Justice after the rap unit's fan group was designated as a gang. ICP rappers Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J have sued on the basis that the alleged mis-classification of their Juggalo fans infringes on the devotees' constitutional rights.
FBI is being sued by Juggalos, fans of Insane Clown Posse. ACLU press conference. Still wearing the paint. pic.twitter.com/0TqZYBgLYD— Khalil AlHajal (@detroitkhalil) January 8, 2014
Continue reading: FBI Sued By Insane Clown Posse And Juggalos Over Gang Labelling
Treat yourself to an eclectic line-up, food from around the world and much more - because music is for everybody!
Afropunk Fest is set to return to Brooklyn this year with a killer line-up celebrating the best of African Punk in recent history.
The festival will take place at Commodore Barry Park from August 24th - 25th and is currently in its ninth year since making its debut in 2005. Not only will the weekend see some incredible acts from the likes of Public Enemy's Chuck D alongside DJ Lord, California's Trash Talk and Questlove, but Afropunk will also be hosting their Rise + Shine yoga class, unveil their giant canvas Art Wall, filling you up with a wide variety of worldwide cuisine from tacos to lobster rolls, and their brilliantly unique bike show featuring a selection of custom motorcycle designs.
Continue reading: Chuck D And DJ Lord To Headline Afropunk Fest 2013
Skipton's Heslaker Farm will be once again hosting one of the North of England's finest small festivals when Beacons Festival 2013 pitches up its tents in the scenic Yorkshire Dales. Bringing some of the alternative music scene's best up and coming talent, mixed in with some of the best DJs in the world today and a host of more established acts, the Dales will be rocking again on August 16 - 18.
One of the most refreshing parts of Beacons 2012 was its celebration of local talent, with a plethora of Yorkshire-based musicians joining up with some internationally recognised stars and in 2013 that is still very much the case. For nearly fifteen years, Leeds-born Bonobo has been one of the most sought-after and appreciated down-tempo, trip hop producers in the world and when he takes to the main stage at Beacons, you know that it's going to be a big occasion. One of the Leeds music scene's fastest rising and most promising bands in years, Hookworms, will be returning to Skipton to bring their brand of psychedelic, fuzzy rock. Bradford MC and Don't Flop's biggest success story to date, Lunar C will bring his marmite-like flow with him to the fest, joining a collection of rising hip hop stars including festival returnee Ghostpoet and one of the rap game's most watched stars today: the unmistakable Danny Brown.
London/Bedford folk-rockers Wolf People will also feel right at home when they return to the Dales, having recorded their acclaimed, April 2013-released sophomore album Fain in the North Yorkshire Dales. Nottingham-formed Childhood look like one of the bands to go check out before they end up headlining the festival, with the young indie rockers already whipping up a frenzy of anticipation with only a handful of songs recorded by them already. Headliners Django Django really tie up the UK connection (and that's without mentioning any of the mouth-watering array of DJs lined up) and may very well perform THE show of the weekend.
Continue reading: Beacons Festival - 2013 Preview
This year's Parklife has quite possibly one of the most appealing line-ups for a UK festival - especially such a small one - that has been seen for some time. Never mind the main stages - you can pretty much ignore the main headliners (Example and Plan B) altogether - just look at that DJ line-up; it's like a house fan's wet dream. But there's so much more than pop stars and house and dance acts lighting up the line-up as rock, hip hop and more are on offer at the Manchester festival.
High up on the list (and deservedly so) we have the Queen of alternative electro Jessie Ware, proving just how much can change in a year in the music business. The London-based singer/songwriter was practically unknown when she released her seminal debut Devotion last year and now she's rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rita Ora and Johnny Marr. Also towards the top of the list are The Horrors who may even have some new offerings for the crowd when they play the Now Wave stage on Sunday night. The Maccabees, King Krule and Liars should appease those looking for some more forward-thinking indie too. It's a shame to see Toro Y Moi so far down the list, but what better way to get you into the mood for the rest of Sunday than the disco-infused indie pop of Chaz Bundick? If Sunday is going to be a party, Chaz is the man to get everyone in that all-day party mood.
The festival organisers have especially outdone themselves with the selection of hip-hop on offer too, with the newly reformed Jurassic 5 standing out as one of the potential highlights of the weekend. There's a quality selection of new school heroes as well, with New Yorkers Action Bronson and wunderkind Joey Bada$$ looking like tantalising prospects, and don't be surprised if Joey brings some of his Pro Era cohorts with him. Also, one of rap's most electrifying and entertaining stars Danny Brown will have hip-hop heads writhing in anticipation when he brings his brand of alternative hip-hop to the Hudson Mohawke curated stage on Sunday. His first proper album Old comes out soon, and what a better place to show it off than here?
Continue reading: Parklife Festival 2013 Preview
Danny Brown has found himself in a bit of mess.
An incredibly interesting, important and above all sad debate has arisen following Danny Brown's concert in Minneapolis's West Bank. The rapper was, as he so often does, delighting the crowd when a girl from the audience decided to force herself upon him, performing oral sex for all of 2 seconds.
Of course, Danny pulled away, but now the drama is over, the talk has begun. A women forces herself upon a man, who, given his stature in the rap game, would hate to be seen as being 'sexually assaulted' by a woman, as his support act the rising star Kitty Pryde notes in her article for Vice. "Brown was put in a situation where calling what happened sexual assault meant being shamed by people who think that straight men should want sex all the time from any random woman who offers it." This was sexual assault, there's little doubt about it; take, for instance, the same situation but with a reversal of gender, and the male actor gets arrested - lambasted by the press and labelled disgusting.
This little article doesn't take sides; it doesn't suggest men are hard done by because this hasn't been labelled sexual assault. It merely highlights the sorry state of affairs where a) anyone feels it's okay to put a penis in their mouth without permission, and b) people don't know what to call it because the person involved is a man and a rapper.