Where’s The Beef?

More Wu-Tang Drama: Raekwon Blasts RZA’s “Mediocre Shit,” Goes On Strike

By Tom Breihan / April 17, 2014
As a rap crew, the Wu-Tang Clan has always been a notoriously chaotic and fractured entity, and no Wu-Tang member has been quicker to criticize crew mastermind RZA than Raekwon. When Wu-Tang released their last studio effort, 2007's deeply underrated and commercially disappointing 8 Diagrams, Rae was the first person in the group to call… More »

Courtney Love Deletes Springsteen Dis, Burns QOTSA, Learns About Normcore

By Tom Breihan / April 17, 2014
Courtney Love started her own YouTube channel earlier this year, and it was only a matter of time before she got out of pocket with it. Last week, she watched Bruce Springsteen induct his E Street Band into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and yesterday, she posted a video where she… More »

The Cure’s Robert Smith Goes Nuts On Guardian Critic

By Tom Breihan / April 2, 2014
Last week, the Cure played a few London shows to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust, and those shows were vast in scope -- too vast for at least one critic. Writing in The Guardian, Caroline writes that the 45 songs that the band played were simply too many and that "they've yet to work… More »

Black Lips’ Cole Alexander Disses Lorde, Drake, & Macklemore

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2014
Cole Alexander, guitarist for Atlanta garage-rock mainstays the Black Lips, recently took part in "Hate Song," an A.V. Club interview series in which various prominent types talk about songs that they can't stand. As Pitchfork points out, in his interview, Alexander revealed himself to be a hater of Lorde's 2013 smash "Royals," a… More »

NFL Seeks Additional $15M From M.I.A. For Super Bowl Middle Finger

By Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014
The feud between the NFL and M.I.A. is getting more heated and even more entertaining. More »

KISS Fans Are Outraged Chad Channing Is Entering The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame With Nirvana

By Michael Nelson / March 15, 2014
This doesn't apply to all KISS fans, but there is a particular subset of KISS fans that is more obsessed with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame than anyone else, including the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation. Makes sense: KISS inspire a certain insane devotion, and until this year, the Hall treated… More »

HudMo & Zomby Got Into A Fist Fight, Then Took It To Twitter

By James Rettig / March 8, 2014
Hudson Mohawke and Zomby got into a fight last night after Zomby played a show at London's XOYO. The pair took to Twitter shortly after to exchange some words. Zomby tweeted that HudMo "got the shit slapped out of him" and "caught 3 in the face," accompanied by a picture of his bloody knuckle which… More »

Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

By Scott Lapatine / March 7, 2014
UPDATE: Frank Ocean has responded to the controversy with a Tumblr post that simply links to wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation. UPDATE 2: Ocean has shared an image of a check he's made out for $212,500.00. Memo: FUCK OFF. UPDATE 3: Ocean apparently hasn't actually paid Chipotle yet. A spokesman for the burrito joint tellsMore »

Thurston Moore: “Jezebel Is Gender Fascism”

By Chris DeVille / March 7, 2014
Thurston Moore's campaign to turn the internet against him rolls on. Earlier this week the former Sonic Youth frontman told The Fly that the affair that sunk his 27-year marriage to Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon carried on in secret for several years before he and Gordon called it quits, that he was bummed… More »

Drake “Disgusted” With Rolling Stone For Giving His Cover To Philip Seymour Hoffman, Calls Kanye’s Lyrics “Questionable”

By Tom Breihan / February 13, 2014
Yesterday, we learned that Drake had spoken ill of Macklemore to Rolling Stone. After Macklemore had defeated Kendrick Lamar (and Drake, and Kanye West, and Jay Z) for the Best Rap Album Grammy, Macklemore sent a text of apology to Kendrick and then shared that text on Instagram, an action Drake calls "wack… More »

Odd Future Banned From New Zealand

By Tom Breihan / February 13, 2014
At this late date, more than four years after Tyler, The Creator released Bastard, it's amazing that anyone considers Odd Future to be a remotely threatening entity. And yet that's where we are. The group was supposed to play a show with Eminem this Saturday in Auckland, but New Zealand border officials have denied them… More »

Drake Says Macklemore’s Grammys Text To Kendrick Was “Wack As Fuck”

By Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014
Drake and Kendrick Lamar spent the second half of last year throwing stray shots at each other. Then, a few weeks ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis beat both of them (as well as Kanye West and Jay Z) to win a Best Rap Album Grammy, which would've been a ridiculous breach of… More »

Josh Homme: “Fuck Imagine Dragons!”

By Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, Imagine Dragons won the Best Rock Performance Grammy for their inescapable puffball "Radioactive," beating out the Queens Of The Stone Age stomper "My God Is The Sun" in the process. And Sunday night, while QOTSA were playing Houston's Bayou Music Center, frontman Josh Homme offered some indication of how… More »

Does Pharrell’s New Song With Paloma Faith Rip Off Franz Ferdinand?

By Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014
When I reviewed Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely On You" in The Week In Pop, I called it low-grade Pharrell because the chorus reminds me of Joss Stone, but it's definitely growing on me, in part because of a slinky syncopated riff that snakes between the beat. It didn't hit me at first, but the… More »

Azealia Banks Begs To Be Dropped From Universal

By James Rettig / January 27, 2014
Azealia Banks signed to Universal two years ago, on the promise of her great single "212." And now that she's on one of the biggest labels in the world, we've only gotten an EP and a mixtape out of the New York rapper, and her oft-promised debut, Broke With Expensive Taste, has seen its release… More »

Trent Reznor Says “FUCK YOU” To Grammys

By Tom Breihan / January 27, 2014
UPDATE: Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich has apologized to Reznor in The Hollywood Reporter: I'm sorry he was upset. I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end o… More »

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”

By Scott Lapatine / January 14, 2014
Arcade Fire's fourth LP was an artistic triumph that came with oversized buzz thanks to a well-constructed marketing campaign. It was one of our favorite albums of 2013. But not everyone loved Reflektor and now frontman Win Butler has responded to one high-profile pan. More »

T-Pain Is The King Of Auto-Tune, OK? Like, He Studied This Shit. Nobody Has Looked Into Auto-Tune Like He Has. FYI.

By Chris DeVille / January 10, 2014
We've often heard musicians involved with the Five Percenter movement carry on about Supreme Mathematics, but never before have we heard a performer expound on the mathematics of Auto-Tune. That's all changed now that T-Pain is on the warpath against Future (who "doesn't know how to use Auto-Tune") and Kanye West (who didn't properly credit… More »

Coinye Launches Early Following Cease-And-Desist From Kanye

By Tom Breihan / January 8, 2014
Last week, we learned of the impending launch of Coinye West, a new Bitcoin-esque cryptocurrency inspired by Kanye West. The people behind Coinye talked about how they hoped to get West on board and how they were happy to send him a big pile of their imaginary play money, but the real Kanye wa… More »

Rick Ross Sues LMFAO

By Chris DeVille / January 3, 2014
Rick Ross is apparently feeling confident after his recent court victory over cocaine kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross, in which a judge ruled that the rapper (born William Leonard Roberts) has the right to build a fictionalized identity around the drug dealer's name for First Amendment reasons. Ross the rapper is feeling so confident, i… More »

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