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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Local Music

EMC were in their tour van, en route to a Los Angeles concert this January, when they heard the news: A full two months before its official release date—and just four days after it had been mailed to the media— their debut album, The Show, had been leaked online. “We were angry, especially since we think we know who leaked it,” says Stricklin, the Milwaukee rapper who makes up the group along with veteran lyricists Punchline and Wordsworth and golden-age icon Masta Ace. “We rushed to the hotel so we could get an Internet connection and find out more.” Thanks to the Internet, you can watch the band work out their response to the leak in real time . . .
02.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�and here I was thinking Nas� album would be the most controversial release of the year. In The Roots' amazing/frightening new video for �75 Bars,� Black Thought drops more N-bombs than a Quentin Tarantino film as the band brutally beats a kidnapped white man, dousing him in gasoline and lighting a match. Who is this anonymous victim? We�re never told, but judging from the horror on his ...
02.22.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As if VH1's constant "I Love the '90s" marathons weren't already making the hip-hop generation feel old, April 1st will see the release of Baby Loves Hip Hop, a children�s record featuring �The Dino-5,� a supergroup of your favorite alternative rappers of yore. Grown-ups intrigued by the roster should be warned that the album is strictly kids stuff�typical songs are about counting to 10,...
02.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
V100.7 has announced Ludacris as the headliner of its March 20 Big Jam concert at the Bradley Center. As you'll probably remember, last time Luda came to town he sparked a fabricated uproar from conservative talkers claiming his Summerfest gig would incite violence, which, of course, it didn't. Also on the bill is family-friendly "Crank That" tot Soulja Boy, who didn't show up for the las...
01.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although their days of being guaranteed hitmakers may be behind them, the Neptunes production team has had a surprisingly long run. A decade after their beats cracked the charts, they continue to work with just about every big-name rapper and pop star in the industry. By comparison, N.E.R.D., the funk-rock band spearheaded by the Neptunes, was a flash in the pan. The group cut one o...
01.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As much as he might grumble, it's not like Rhymefest has never caught a break. The Chicago rapper has, after all, been able to make a living off of his craft, won a Grammy, bested a young Eminem in a freestyle battle and struck up convenient friendships with hitmakers like Kanye West and Mark Ronson. Where Rhymefest has had a difficult time, however, is in converting his good fortu...
01.22.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The big music news today is uniformly bleak�Amy Winehouse was apparently filmed hitting the crack pipe, Scott Weiland disappeared and the Coachella lineup sucks�but one headline, via MTV News, made me chuckle: �Soulja Boy Claims He�s the Hottest MC In The Game.� Up until now, I�ve given Soulja Boy a pass. �Crank That,� his runaway single, is an inoffensive, teen-friendly party track, so there...
01.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I know I promised not to post any more best of 2007 lists, but one latecomer is worthy of a little attention: Hip Hop Site�s belated 2007 Best & Worst List. Although there are a couple of decent recommendations to be culled from the list, the picks tend toward the predictable. Kanye West and Jay-Z top the best major label release list, Little Brother tops the best indie list: The 10 Bes...
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Today @ the Wicked Hop

DJ Madhatter is perhaps best known around Milwaukee as the DJ for the Rusty P's, one of the city's longest running, most popular hip-hop groups,
02.27.2010 | | Posted at 06:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The V100.7 Holiday Jam was probably the cruelest concert I have ever attended. It began promisingly enough: V100.7 DJ Reggie Smooth, the evening's emcee, announced that scheduled opener Soulja Boy wouldn't be performing, since the day's snow storm trapped him in Cleveland. This elicited more cheers than boos

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