For Everlast, writing music these days is quite simple: If you have nothing to say, keep quiet. It's a mantra that the rapper-singer-guitarist carries unapologetically on his latest album, 'Songs of the Ungrateful Living,' due Oct. 18. For the man who once made millions of fans 'Jump Around'
Van Hunt is a man without a musical home. In political terms the Dayton, Ohio singer-songwriter-producer could be cast as a nomadic refugee. He's much too eccentric to be R&B. His funk chops seem almost too polished to break bread
When you are about to release one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2011, you can be forgiven for coming off a little anxious. Certainly you can hear it in the pressing tone of J. Cole's voice. Add on the fa
Mel D. Cole So let's get right to it. Ninjasonik is weird. Not in that all too cliché, "What the hell was Lady Gaga wearing last night?" weird, but in a "Wow! These guys are a record executive's worst dream." They're somewhere between an Albino R&B singer and a
The weight of expectation can be crushing. Yes, there is the undeniable springboard of being a former member of one of the most successful girl groups of all time. After all, during Kelly Rowland's time in the mu
He laughs at the irony of it all. The fact that Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne stands as one of the most successful independent artists of the past four years is a sobering realization that he is still trying to adjust to. But Tech's wonderment has nothing to do with a lack of confid
Will.i.am is seemingly inescapable. Within a span of a week, the ubiquitous frontman and producer of the Black Eyed Peas has made headlines for brazenly proclaiming that ad agencies were so "yesterday," made a surprise appearance on a Paris fashion runway for buzz-heavy Japanese designer Rynshu and saw his chart-topping group ink a deal to release their own dance-centric video game entitled, what else, 'The Black Eyed Peas Experience.'
This is why it's always an intriguing exercise when discussing music, art and life with Will.i.am. With
There is something to be said for straight-no-chaser honesty. For outspoken lyricist Slug, a member of the influential Minneapolis hip-hop act Atmosphere, it has always been a hallmark of his triumphant and, at times, turbulent caree
Ledisi is not one to conform. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has taken her jazz chops to the world of R&B, hip-hop and soul music. Maybe that's the reason why the New Orleans native has always been a tough artist for the marketplace to nail down. It was during the commercial heights of the neo-soul m
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