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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Big Sean is a work in progress. The 23-year-old Detroit rapper, who released his debut LP Finally Famous on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, proved it during his 45-minute set at the West stage this afternoon, allowing lulls to outweigh his better moments. He started off strong, with mixtape cuts "Supa Dupa Lemonade" and "What U Doin?" that got the receptive crowd into it. This is where Sean thrived -- encouraging the crowd to party and indulge over buoyant beats.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds. Taken on a case-by-case basis, the lineup (which is fluid, meaning there could be more artists added) is all over the place: There's house hero Kaskade, feeling-himself-on-Top-40 crooner Robin Thicke, EDM-mashup dude Pretty Lights, chillwave posterboy Washed Out, polarizing surrealists MGMT and the Avett Brothers, the popular folk-rock band trying to convince people a banjo can still be cool.
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By Wesley Case | September 7, 2011
Big Sean, who will perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest's Festival Stage at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, just dropped his video for "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay   . " It's a party track from Sean's debut Finally Famous , featuring hookman-for-hire Roscoe Dash and Sean's mentor, Kanye West (who supplies some of his weakest bars in a long time). The Crayola-inspired video was directed by Hype Williams, the veteran director who has struggled creatively ever since the days of big-budget videos evaporated.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Maryland State Police said they arrested Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz on a drug citationfollowing a Thursday traffic stop on his way to perform at a homecoming event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, tweeted about the incident and posted a photo of himself standing with two unidentified state troopers. Gregory Shipley, a spokesman for the state police, told The Baltimore Sun that the incident is under review. Troopers pulled over a white Ford van for going 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone at the intersection of Route 50 and Rabbit Hill Road at about 9:20 p.m., said Sgt. Marc Black, a state police spokesman.
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By Wesley Case, b | July 22, 2011
Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday afternoon ( tickets still available ), and his support is stacked with of-the-moment rappers such as Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller. Also on the bill are frequent Wiz collaborators and fellow weed enthusiasts Curren$y and Big Sean. The three - Wiz, Curren$y and Sean - have formed like a baked Voltron to create the stoned trinity of 2011 hip-hop, a supergroup of rappers with rabid fanbases and enough flows to put together a mixtape.
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By Wesley Case | June 14, 2011
Here’s an understatement: the rap blogs were busy yesterday. It seemed like every hour, there was another leak from a big-name artist. Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean and Lil Wayne were all victims of Hulkshare liberation. But now for the important part: are the songs any good? Let’s grade them. Kanye West, “Mama’s Boyfriend” This comes from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cutting room floor, where it probably belongs. “Mama’s Boyfriend” would sound out-of-place on the final tracklisting, as the album sticks to a very specific emotional arc (defiance slowly builds to arrogance and then dissolves into lonely melancholia)
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By Wesley Case | March 15, 2011
This may not be the final version of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” remix, but even a sketch is worth breaking down. It currently lacks a West verse but the additions of Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean is a major development. How did the three MCs tackle one of last year’s most adventurous, larger-than-life instrumentals? Inconsistently, of course. Wayne, who has slowly reclaimed his guest-spot beast mode recently (“Welcome to My Hood,” Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard” remix)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
No longer a boy, perhaps not yet a man but most definitely a pop phenom, Justin Bieber will bring his headlining "Believe" tour (named after his upcoming album) to Verizon Center on Nov. 5, according to a press release. Tickets go on sale June 2 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Members of Bieber's fan club can log onto bieberfever.com (seriously) at noon today for presale tickets. Carly Rae Jepsen, the young singer with the current song of the summer ("Call Me Maybe")
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Michael Phelps has his weight in gold medals and bragging rights to the title "Most Decorated Olympian of All Time. " And now he's been immortalized in a Kanye West song. West gives Phelps a shout-out on the song "The One," which is off his new collaborative album "Cruel Summer. " The song features 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Marsha Ambrosius. Though the rap is mainly a paean to Kanye (the apparent "One" in question), and features a few too many four-letter words for a family newspaper, the part with Phelps is cleaner than clean.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Maryland State Police said they arrested Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz on a drug citationfollowing a Thursday traffic stop on his way to perform at a homecoming event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, tweeted about the incident and posted a photo of himself standing with two unidentified state troopers. Gregory Shipley, a spokesman for the state police, told The Baltimore Sun that the incident is under review. Troopers pulled over a white Ford van for going 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone at the intersection of Route 50 and Rabbit Hill Road at about 9:20 p.m., said Sgt. Marc Black, a state police spokesman.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Michael Phelps has his weight in gold medals and bragging rights to the title "Most Decorated Olympian of All Time. " And now he's been immortalized in a Kanye West song. West gives Phelps a shout-out on the song "The One," which is off his new collaborative album "Cruel Summer. " The song features 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Marsha Ambrosius. Though the rap is mainly a paean to Kanye (the apparent "One" in question), and features a few too many four-letter words for a family newspaper, the part with Phelps is cleaner than clean.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Last year, while working on the independent film "LUV" in Baltimore, Common received the type of treatment typical for a celebrity of his stature. He met the mayor in her office. He played basketball at Carmelo Anthony's gym. But now, reflecting more than a year later, the 40-year-old Chicago-native born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. says it was meeting the people in their communities that made his brief time in Baltimore "one of the best experiences" the rapper and actor ever had. "I was in the heart and soul of Baltimore," said Common, who returns to the area Saturday for the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion . "I definitely felt a connection to the people.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
No longer a boy, perhaps not yet a man but most definitely a pop phenom, Justin Bieber will bring his headlining "Believe" tour (named after his upcoming album) to Verizon Center on Nov. 5, according to a press release. Tickets go on sale June 2 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Members of Bieber's fan club can log onto bieberfever.com (seriously) at noon today for presale tickets. Carly Rae Jepsen, the young singer with the current song of the summer ("Call Me Maybe")
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Big Sean is a work in progress. The 23-year-old Detroit rapper, who released his debut LP Finally Famous on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, proved it during his 45-minute set at the West stage this afternoon, allowing lulls to outweigh his better moments. He started off strong, with mixtape cuts "Supa Dupa Lemonade" and "What U Doin?" that got the receptive crowd into it. This is where Sean thrived -- encouraging the crowd to party and indulge over buoyant beats.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | September 7, 2011
Big Sean, who will perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest's Festival Stage at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, just dropped his video for "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay   . " It's a party track from Sean's debut Finally Famous , featuring hookman-for-hire Roscoe Dash and Sean's mentor, Kanye West (who supplies some of his weakest bars in a long time). The Crayola-inspired video was directed by Hype Williams, the veteran director who has struggled creatively ever since the days of big-budget videos evaporated.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, b | July 22, 2011
Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday afternoon ( tickets still available ), and his support is stacked with of-the-moment rappers such as Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller. Also on the bill are frequent Wiz collaborators and fellow weed enthusiasts Curren$y and Big Sean. The three - Wiz, Curren$y and Sean - have formed like a baked Voltron to create the stoned trinity of 2011 hip-hop, a supergroup of rappers with rabid fanbases and enough flows to put together a mixtape.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2012
Last year, while working on the independent film "LUV" in Baltimore, Common received the type of treatment typical for a celebrity of his stature. He met the mayor in her office. He played basketball at Carmelo Anthony's gym. But now, reflecting more than a year later, the 40-year-old Chicago-native born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. says it was meeting the people in their communities that made his brief time in Baltimore "one of the best experiences" the rapper and actor ever had. "I was in the heart and soul of Baltimore," said Common, who returns to the area Saturday for the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion . "I definitely felt a connection to the people.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds. Taken on a case-by-case basis, the lineup (which is fluid, meaning there could be more artists added) is all over the place: There's house hero Kaskade, feeling-himself-on-Top-40 crooner Robin Thicke, EDM-mashup dude Pretty Lights, chillwave posterboy Washed Out, polarizing surrealists MGMT and the Avett Brothers, the popular folk-rock band trying to convince people a banjo can still be cool.
NEWS
By Wesley Case | June 14, 2011
Here’s an understatement: the rap blogs were busy yesterday. It seemed like every hour, there was another leak from a big-name artist. Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean and Lil Wayne were all victims of Hulkshare liberation. But now for the important part: are the songs any good? Let’s grade them. Kanye West, “Mama’s Boyfriend” This comes from the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cutting room floor, where it probably belongs. “Mama’s Boyfriend” would sound out-of-place on the final tracklisting, as the album sticks to a very specific emotional arc (defiance slowly builds to arrogance and then dissolves into lonely melancholia)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | March 15, 2011
This may not be the final version of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” remix, but even a sketch is worth breaking down. It currently lacks a West verse but the additions of Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean is a major development. How did the three MCs tackle one of last year’s most adventurous, larger-than-life instrumentals? Inconsistently, of course. Wayne, who has slowly reclaimed his guest-spot beast mode recently (“Welcome to My Hood,” Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard” remix)
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