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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Ramble John “RJ” Krohn, better known by his stage name RJD2, still remembers the moment that inspired him to begin creating the instrumental hip-hop compositions that would become his signature. “The big light bulb went off in my head the first time I bought a sampler,” says the producer. “I vividly remember the first time I made a beat and having this rude...
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Milwaukee rapper Ray Nitti didn’t get much of a heads up from V100 when DJs from the radio station called to tell him they were going to premiere his single “Bow” on their local segment “Heat From the Streets.” “They told me I had five minutes before it was going to be broadcast,” Nitti recalls. “I wanted to call everyone I knew and tell them my song was going to be on the radio...
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

A rapper’s spiritual guide

When New York rap artist Jay-Z says, “Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends,” he touches on the twofold conundrum of faith and practice that is explored in The Tao of Wu (Riverhead). New York rappers know about sin in their city, and the internal struggles of breaking through. They wear the hard knocks of their lives—violence, drugs...
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008

Dec. 27, 2009

Nice to see that Lil Wayne invested some of his Tha Carter III profits into his live show. Wayne's concert Saturday night at Chicago's United Center was a pyrotechnical spectacle that owed more to Genesis' vintage, high-concept AV presentations than the typical low-budget, drive-by rap show. Ushered onstage by explosive...
07.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In a bill that almost single-handedly atones for the dearth of rap acts at this year�s Summerfest, Lil Wayne and a slew of chart-topping rappers and R&B singers share a Wednesday, Sept. 2 bill at the Marcus Amphitheater which includes Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Drake and Jeremih. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, and are going for between $29.75 and $79.75. The bill should be a fitting...
06.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Allow me to join the chorus of bloggers largely calling out Jay-Z for his pandering new single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." It's discouraging that Jay-Z would hone in on a lightning rod as tired as Auto-Tune; does this mean we can expect The Blueprint 3 to contain an Octo-Mom diss track? What about an admonishment of tabloid culture? Or an indictment of reality television? So is Jay-Z...
05.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�It seems only fitting that I dedicate my annual Memorial Day Mix entirely to Baltimore club music, since Baltimore's house-derived strain of rap music has been on the cusp of national notoriety for months now. If you're not familiar with Baltimore club, consider this a quick primer. The selections lean toward the obvious, with infamous old cuts like "Hands Up, Thumbs Down" (from the late, lionize...
04.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It was only a half a decade ago that keeping up with the latest Milwaukee mixtapes would have required regular trips to the Milwaukee Mall or Teutonia Ave, but these days most any mix worth hearing ends up online for free—and, to be sure, the city's recording plenty of mixes worth hearing these days. The last several weeks alone have seen the release of at least three great mixtapes: Streetz a...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�Kid Cudi is a no show,� a stagehand announced at exactly 1 a.m., the scheduled start time for Kid Cudi�s set. Within moments the houselights brightened and the crowd realized he wasn�t joking. Disillusioned and grumbling, they made a mass exodus toward the exit. The first revelers had just left when none other but Kid Cudi walked in through the venue�s front door in brisk stride, waving the crowd back toward the stage. It was like a scene from a movie; the rapper�s fashionably late entrance couldn�t have been better timed. �Sorry I�m late,� Cudi apologized as he hopped over a bar and onto the stage, his DJ racing to set up his equipment. �I had a Peter Parker Spider Man 2 moment. You know how Spider Man didn�t want to be Spider Man no more? I was feeling that way.� It was an odd explanation for being four minutes tardy if there ever was one. It�s going to be a long, miserable life for the laid-back rapper if he�s already questioning a career in music

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