- VH1 Soul is dead, long live Centric posted on March 29, 2010
- The ten most popular indie-rap artists… posted on January 11, 2011
- Digable Planets fracture, cancel tour posted on March 22, 2009
- Superlists!: Top Ten Femcees posted on March 24, 2009
- The Plug One Q&A: Flying Lotus posted on June 10, 2008
- R.I.P. Paper Thin Walls posted on August 29, 2008
- Zion-I tour dates posted on February 25, 2009
- Review: Atmosphere, “To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy” posted on September 9, 2010
- Warp loves labels posted on December 15, 2008
- Vibe’s demise posted on July 1, 2009
Category Archives: News
Photo taken from Alpha Pup’s Facebook page. Looks like a Hit + Run design. For more on Kutmah’s plight with the INS, visit www.freekutmah.com.
Last Thursday brought an announcement of a new marketing company, Quality Control. QC* is the result of four individuals (Karim Panni, Kyle Pierce, Ian Davis, and Jonathan Kim) combining ideas, contacts, experience, and resources to form one like-minded company. QC* … Continue reading
I don’t usually post about analytics numbers, and I don’t plan to make a habit of it, either. But the results for this month tie in with my ongoing ramble about content changes. Plug One’s page views are at their … Continue reading
Starting today, I’ll post some of my Rhapsody reviews on Plug One. I’m a little wary of doing this because these reviews tend to be more “service-friendly” than my usual work. At best, however, they cut to the chase and … Continue reading
I’ve finally reached my 1000th post, and it damn sure wasn’t easy. I’ve already detailed at length the various problems I’ve had in building Plug One, so I won’t rehash them here. Given all that’s happened (or rather, hasn’t happened), … Continue reading
I wrote this tribute to Guru for my weekly Rhapsody column, Rap is Not Pop. It was posted posted earlier today on the Rhapsody Music Stuff Place blog and its new Rhapsody Hip-Hop Blog. ————————————– Rap Is Not Pop: R.I.P. … Continue reading
This essay on Duck Down Records’ 15th anniversary was posted April 9 on the Rhapsody Music Stuff Place blog and its new Rhapsody Hip-Hop Blog. I have a weekly column called Rap is Not Pop. ————————————– Rap is Not Pop: … Continue reading
Don’t worry, I’m still here. But since I’ve promised to stop wasting time on release date press releases and concert listings, I won’t be updating my site unless I’ve actually got something interesting to write (or re-publish). Stay tuned.
Today, the lovely folks at MTV/Viacom removed VH1 Soul from Comcast’s programming slate in my area. Instead, there is a new Viacom channel called Centric. What is Centric? “What we’re creating is a brand-new network targeted to adult, upscale, sophisticated … Continue reading
Next up on Hip-Hop Smackdown: 9th Wonder vs. Phonte Coleman. Isn’t it interesting when rappers start beefing with other rappers, catching weapons/drugs/robbery charges, and dating R&B singers just months before their albums are released? It seems like this is the … Continue reading
In the midst of my Hamlet-like soliloquy I neglected to note that Jun “Nujabes” Seba died last month from injuries related to a car accident. The Japanese producer made over a decade’s worth of downtempo and instrumental hip-hop. My familiarity … Continue reading
So why does Plug One exist? Good question. It’s one I’ve obsessed over for months, especially during the past few days. It haunts me as I write this, causing me to neglect my (slightly overdue) paid writing assignments. It wasn’t … Continue reading
Apologies for not posting for so long. Yes, an actual human writes and posts this information. Here’s an item that should have went up two weeks ago — another run by Anticon co-founder Sole & the Skyrider Band. They’ll be … Continue reading
Canadian rappers unite! Pioneering iconoclast K-os (pictured above) and Weezy-approved superstar-in-training Drake are heading out together for a tour of universities and, uh, “private locations.” I assume these “private locations” are RSVP-only affairs and frat-house parties booked by trust-fund idiots. … Continue reading
Sage Francis has scheduled a series of tour dates in support of his forthcoming album, Li(f)e, which drops May 11. B. Dolan, who just released Fallen House, Sunken City; and Free Moral Agents will join him. Check out the above … Continue reading
2Mex (pictured right) is on the road again. This time, he’s not doing one of his stealth “house” tours, but playing small and mid-size clubs throughout the country. Now all we need is that Strange Famous album…maybe this year?
If you still haven’t seen Nosaj Thing live yet (*raises hand*), you can catch him opening for overrated British band the xx this month. If that tour isn’t coming through your town (*raises hand*), then you’ll just have to wait … Continue reading
I think this is the fourth video from A Strange Arrangement. This isn’t my favorite track on the album, and I think I liked the “Green Eyed Love” clip better. But check it out for yourself. Directed by Henry DeMaio.
Here’s hoping Guru gets better: Walmart in trouble for promoting Ice Cube’s The Players Club as Black History (allhiphop.com) Jneiro Jarel announces Android Love Mayhem EP for April 13 (jneirojarel.blogspot.com) RIP Chilly B of Newcleus (pitchfork.com) Guru goes into cardiac … Continue reading