Bayside is set to open for Taking Back Sunday on the band’s upcoming tour.
Nothing. Hip-hop has birthed it’s own renaissance in the last year, characterizing itself through prolific creation and innovation; for fans, our ears have enjoyed a string of releases which discussed societal pitfalls, social deviance, and detailed storytelling.
The Grammys paint a much different picture, however: a mash-up performance of “Turn Up the Music” by Chris Brown accompanied by David Guetta, with a disappointing Weezy verse sloppily slapped on the tail end of it is about all the Grammys had to offer. To make it even worse, Nicki Minaj was the genre’s other representative, offering a confusing, exorcist-like performance that left the audience with little desire to clap their hands.
Their was no hip-hop record up for “Record of the Year” and no hip-hop album up for “Album of the Year.” Mr. West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” saved the genre from complete embarrassment though, winning “Best Rap Album” as well as competing with his hit track, “All of the Lights” on “Song of the Year” and winning “Best Rap Song.” J. Cole was also a nice break from the monotonous mold the Grammys have forced hip-hop into; “Cole World: A Sideline Story” is a fantastic story line from a rapper that fought from the very bottom of the game.
For the other mainstream hip-hop categories like “Best Rap Performance,” “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,” and “Best Rap Song,” hip-hop was rudely misrepresented: Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and Chris Brown all appeared twice, and Drake, Weezy, Beyonce, Eminem, Rihanna, and Kelly Rowland all appeared once. As a fan of the art, and one who’s iPod is full of artists that triple the feeble representation at the Grammys, it’s frustrating to see such a small and uniform piece represent such a wide and dynamic spectrum.
2011 was home to releases by Big Sean, Drake, Wale, The Roots, Childish Gambino, Rockie Fresh, Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Pries, and many other artists who were never or barely mentioned at the Grammys. It’s understood that this “honorable” ceremony represents mainstream artists that are promoted on cable television, radio, and push heavy album sales, but it is immensely frustrating that the few who get the chance to represent the whole do it so poorly.
The foundation of the hip-hop renaissance still holds strong, even without Grammy recognition; thank the influx of artists over the last few years who have created fresh rhymes and story lines for that. In the coming years, I believe the underground will get their chance at glory, but at least for 2012, the Grammys meant nothing for hip-hop.
I’ve recently become a big fan of fun. Aim and Ignite is one of my favorite albums right now (especially the track “All The Pretty Girls.”
AbsolutePunk got a behind-the-scenes look of the recording of the song “All Alright.”
With about a month left before the new album, is this a release you’re looking forward to?
The two clippings below have been duck taped to my college dorm walls for the last two and a half years; initially my hands cut them out of The Rolling Stone because of the pure amount of BOSS that Jay-Z was omitting, (honestly, I just hoped it would make me look trendy to my new college buddies). After every semester though, I found myself delicately peeling the tape off of the wall and reapplying it to my next dusty, collegiate habitat.
While this contract has not been confirmed as of this writing, all artists should keep in mind that legal woes can affect ALL artists–even a megastar like Will Adams.
Find a legal professional who is reputable and you trust with your career. If this turns out to be the case, will.i.am could have some negative publicity to his name.
Have you been keeping up with this case? What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments below!
X- Factor’s head judge plans his first solo tour in eleven years.
The Take That singer will play two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall to raise money for The Prince’s Trust and the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, with support on both nights from The Pierces.
Gary told 4Music, “It’s really important to me that disadvantaged young people get the support they need, especially at the moment. The Prince’s Trust along with The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry are both doing great work with young people and I liked the idea of recognising the work of the whole family. I hope the money raised through these concerts will make a real difference to young lives.”
Tickets for the shows go on sale from 28 October and are priced between £40 and £95, get ready to buy because the minute they go on sale they will sell out! Every woman in the world is crazy for this man so fella’s if you are a Gary fan stay indoors, the woman will be uncontrollably screaming this man’s name for hours.
The Recording Academy has released some new information about THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!!— COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®. The one-hour event, taking place on Nov. 30, will be hosted by LL Cool J, with performances by just-announced musical artists Jason Aldean and Lady Gaga. The venue is the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, and it will be broadcast on CBS at 10pm ET.
As musicians, do you look forward to event shows such as this? What about televised concerts in general?
Watch the interview below between Forbes Magazine and David Banner (rapper, producer, etc.). You can also read the article over at Forbes. Do you agree with him?
Milyoni and Ridgeline Entertainment have teamed up to present Facebook users with the opportunity to watch the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert by streaming the concert live on Facebook–but not for free.
Users interested in watching performances by Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Hudson can pay for the streaming concert with 40 Facebook credits or $3.99-4.99 (depending on how early tickets are purchased).
Have you livestreamed anything through Facebook in the past–specifically music? If so, does it seem worth it for you to pay for the ability to do so?
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