A professional pop culture junkie for more than 25 years, Jeff Giles regularly surfaces in a number of far-flung locations on the Web.
LL Cool J Takes Back the Crown with ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’
LL Cool J 's 'Mama Said Knock You Out' album signaled a rebirth of sorts for the rapper. Just don't call it a comeback.
Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper Look Back on Classic Isley Brothers Albums in Honor of ‘Album Masters’ Release [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
In honor of the 'The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983),' a beautifully compiled 23-disc box that gathers 21 of the group's earliest bestselling LPs while tacking on a healthy array of previously unreleased bonus material, the Isley Brothers' Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper look back on classic Isley projects.
25 Years Ago: Curtis Mayfield Paralyzed in Stage Accident
Curtis Mayfield had settled into life as a legacy artist by the late '80s, but he continued to write and record new music -- and he was performing behind a successful new album, 'Take It to the Streets' -- when a horrific stage accident irrevocably changed his life on Aug. 13, 1990.
Louis Johnson, Legendary Bassist, Dead at 60
Louis Johnson, the bassist who scored a string of hits as one-half of the Brothers Johnson, has passed away at the age of 60.
52 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Releases ‘Fingertips’
In the spring of 1963, few people had even heard of "Little" Stevie Wonder -- and based on pop chart history, neither live cuts nor instrumentals were exactly safe bets when it came to choosing singles. But none of that mattered once the world heard "Fingertips" on May 21, 1963.
Ice Cube ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ Was a ‘Sink or Swim’ Album for Him
The Boombox takes a look back at his classic rap album and its significance in Cube's storied career in hip-hop.
35 Years Ago: Kool & the Gang Release ‘Ladies’ Night’
Revisit the legendary group Kool & the Gang's platinum-selling album 'Ladies' Night.'
20 Years Ago: Boyz II Men Release ‘II’
Boyz II Men avoided the sophomore jinx with their Grammy-winning album, 'II.' The Boombox takes a look back at the project's success for its 20-year anniversary.
James Brown’s Band Members Wonder Why They Weren’t Consulted for ‘Get On Up’
James Brown's band members were never consulted for the film 'Get on Up,' based on the late singer's life, and they seem confused as to the reasons why.
40 Years Ago: Commodores Release ‘Machine Gun’
Revisit the Commodores' 1974 debut album, 'Machine Gun.'