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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Along with the new album that nobody liked, DJ Khaled released an insane seven music videos this past week. All of them are showy and…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 11:53 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: The Hues Corporation’s “Rock The Boat”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 10:56 am

Geto Boys Tour Cancelled

Earlier this month, Bushwick Bill, one third of the great long-running Houston rap group Geto Boys, announced to the world that he has stage 4…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 10:43 am

Mac DeMarco Shows Off His Collection Of Garbage

Mac DeMarco's fascination with cultural flotsam is well-documented, and it's what animates things like his creeped-out animated video for "Here Comes The Cowboy." And when…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 10:24 am

Kanye To Letterman: “Liberals Bully People Who Are Trump Supporters!”

Next week, Netflix will release the next season of David Letterman's new talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. On the show, the former…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 10:01 am

Watch A Deleted Scene From Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Of Mics And Men

There's an old story about the Wu-Tang Clan that's famous among journalists. One day, back in the early '90s, the rap journalist Cheo Hodari Coker…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 9:31 am

Bucks Owner’s Daughter Trolls Drake With Pusha-T Shirt

Last night, the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Raptors now lead the series 3-2, and…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2019 - 9:08 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2019 - 10:42 am

Tyler, The Creator Says “EARFQUAKE” Was Rejected By Both Justin Bieber And Rihanna

Last week, with very little advance notice, rap game-twister Tyler, The Creator released his album IGOR. He also gave a grand rollout to the single…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2019 - 10:26 am

Martha Reeves Picked An Unfortunate Time To Perform For The Alabama House Of Representatives

"All we need is music, sweet music." Motown legend Martha Reeves, longtime leader of Martha And The Vandellas, sang that song on her group's immortal…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2019 - 10:02 am

Bill Callahan Shares Six New Songs

It has been six years since Bill Callahan, the widely beloved indie songwriter who once recorded under the name Smog, released his Dream River album.
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2019 - 9:28 am

The Lonely Island Release Surprise Bash Brothers Album & Netflix Special

It's been more than 13 years since "Lazy Sunday," the SNL Digital Short that introduced the masses to the rap style of the Lonely Island…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2019 - 9:00 am

Status Ain't Hood

Megan Thee Stallion Is The Prince Who Was Promised

Megan Thee Stallion is a rap fundamentalist. In the new FADER cover story about the surging Houston rapper, Megan talks about listening to ancestral Southern…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Beast Coast – “Snow In The Stadium”

For years, Beast Coast was more of a loose organizing principle than a rap group. It was a collection of three different New York groups…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2019 - 12:46 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods’ “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2019 - 10:11 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

Currently busting ass trying to make sure there's one ready to run on Monday.
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May 24, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Hues Corporation’s “Rock The Boat”
It's the last line. They shank the shit out of it, but it's still a redeeming feature, albeit a tiny one.
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May 22, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods’ “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero”
2 problems with this: The record company is *not* going to give him lots of money. And everything is *not* going to be all right.
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May 21, 2019 on New York Mayor Bill De Blasio Loves Ska
might've thought I was hallucinating the laugh track.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
I had never heard of Beyblades before they hit my son's kindergarten class last year, and they waaaaay more popular among the kids I know than fidget spinners ever were.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
This is true. I do not watch NASCAR.
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May 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ray Stevens’ “The Streak”
John Wick is a man of focus, determination, sheer will -- something you know very little about.
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May 16, 2019 on Metz – “Pure Auto” Video
It's not an oversight. I actively decided not to post it.
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May 14, 2019 on The Number Ones: Blue Swede’s “Hooked On A Feeling”
i'm not really that fascinated with mac demarco tbh
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May 10, 2019 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
I got "Jungle Boogie" as a 9 but it's on the precipice.
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May 10, 2019 on The Number Ones: Cher’s “Dark Lady”
I want you guys to understand something: There are so many great Rap City freestyles that I didn't even include the one where Beanie Sigel says "do the right thing like a spike lee joint, bang the thing in his right knee joint"
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May 10, 2019 on Watch Beast Coast Bring Back The Rap City Basement Freestyle
jay critch trying to ride that tjay buzz rn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOonRWkE8Zc
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May 8, 2019 on Get Used To Lil Tjay
They are literally only a cover band. That's their whole concept. They play goofy snot-punk covers of old '70s and '80s pop songs.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
It definitely was, tho I didn't remember the Brolin angle until I'd already written the rest of it.
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May 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”
Burnette was working in an era when pop singers very, very rarely wrote their own songs. I'm pretty sure this was widely known. More than anyone else, the Beatles changed that. So largely because of his own old band, circa-'73 Ringo was operating in an era when pop music really *was* understood as a vehicle for personal expression. So even though Ringo didn't sing the original version, his take on it looks nastier today, at least to me.
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May 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen”
also gilman st when op ivy was happening, forgot that one.
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May 3, 2019 on The Number Ones: Al Wilson’s “Show And Tell”