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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 29, 1994
"Fantastic Voyage" has been quite a trip for Coolio, carrying him from the heart of the L.A. rap scene to the top of the national sales chart. But he almost got lost before he even started, thanks to a wrong turn he made when putting the single together.It all started with the old funk hit "Fantastic Voyage," which Lakeside cut back in 1981. "I always liked the song, and my producer, Wino, came with the track. He said, 'You should use this.' "So Coolio wrote some rhymes, and the two cut the track.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | August 25, 1997
Just when you thought all the great lines of television dialogue had already been written, along comes Andrew (Dice) Clay in a new UPN sitcom to walk on stage and say, "Shut your pie hole, snapperhead."In fact, those are the very first words we hear from Clay in "Hitz," one of three new sitcoms premiering this week as UPN starts its fall season ahead of everyone else. Clay's language and behavior go downhill from there.Personally, if I had three sitcoms like "Hitz," "Good News" and "Head Over Heels," I would wait for the week of peak clutter starting Sept.
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September 6, 1996
Because some of yesterday's editions of The Sun did not include a complete list of winners of the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, we are including the list in today's paper.Winners at the 1996 MTV Video Awards Wednesday night:Video of the Year: Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight"Viewers' Choice Video: Bush, "Glycerine"Best Male Video: Beck, "Where It's At"Best Female Video: Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"Best Group Video: Foo Fighters, "Big Me"Best Rap Video: Coolio featuring LV, "Gangsta's Paradise"Best Dance Video: Coolio, "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"
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By J.D. Considine | November 28, 1996
The Artist Formerly Known As PrinceEmancipation (NPG 54982)Now that his long fight with Warner Bros. is finally over, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince has shaved the word "slave" off his face and announced his own "Emancipation." To say that he has been waiting for this moment would be something of an understatement, given the wealth of material on this 36-song, three-CD set. Even more amazing than the package's size, though, is its consistency. There may not be much in the way of great material here, but neither is there anything that's truly terrible.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 4, 1996
As anyone who has watched MTV in the last week could not help but know, the 1996 Video Music Awards airs live tonight at 8 p.m. It's an event most music fans look forward to -- and not just because they're sick of seeing promos for the thing every 12 minutes.For starters, the VMAs offer a wider range of rock acts than any awards show on television. This year's show promises performances that run the gamut from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Bush, from Fugees to Hootie & the Blowfish, and from Metallica to Alanis Morissette.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 15, 1994
GET UP ON ITKeith Sweat (Elektra 61550)There's always been something of a lover-man aura to Keith Sweat's music, but he's never presented that side of his sound as literally as he does on "Get Up on It." Between the pillow-talk persuasiveness of his voice and the single-minded insistence of his lyrics, Sweat makes no secret of how he defines romance. As such, "Get Up on It" comes across less as a musical valentine than a sort of danceable sex manual. To his credit, Sweat avoids the kind of slavering explicitness that marks the work of his proteges in Silk, but even so, there's not a whole lot of subtlety to be found in the likes of "Come Into My Bedroom" or "Grind On You."
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By J. D. Considine | November 9, 1995
III (Temples of Boom)Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia 669910)However much the title suggests bass-driven party music, there's little fun to be had with Cypress Hill's new album, "III (Temples of Boom)." It isn't just that the lean, ominous rhythm tracks are more hypnotic than celebratory; there's also an aura of evil to the raps, as the group takes a brutal, unblinking look at the empty lives and meaningless violence of urban drug culture. Rather than take the establishment view and argue against dope, Cypress Hill opens the album with "Spark Another Owl," which actively revels in the pleasures of getting high.
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By J.D. Considine | November 28, 1996
The Artist Formerly Known As PrinceEmancipation (NPG 54982)Now that his long fight with Warner Bros. is finally over, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince has shaved the word "slave" off his face and announced his own "Emancipation." To say that he has been waiting for this moment would be something of an understatement, given the wealth of material on this 36-song, three-CD set. Even more amazing than the package's size, though, is its consistency. There may not be much in the way of great material here, but neither is there anything that's truly terrible.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | August 25, 1997
Just when you thought all the great lines of television dialogue had already been written, along comes Andrew (Dice) Clay in a new UPN sitcom to walk on stage and say, "Shut your pie hole, snapperhead."In fact, those are the very first words we hear from Clay in "Hitz," one of three new sitcoms premiering this week as UPN starts its fall season ahead of everyone else. Clay's language and behavior go downhill from there.Personally, if I had three sitcoms like "Hitz," "Good News" and "Head Over Heels," I would wait for the week of peak clutter starting Sept.
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By Jeffrey Jolson-Colburn and Jeffrey Jolson-Colburn,THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | October 8, 1995
It was a week of superstar debuts at the nation's record retailers, though some of the stars have apparently lost a lot of shine in recent years. Prince and AC/DC managed to bow their latest albums in the top 10, but David Bowie and the Grateful Dead had to make do with the top 30 and Diana Ross opened at No. 114.Speaking volumes about the state of music today, the old warhorses struggled to the gate while such perky newcomers as Alanis Morissette, Coolio...
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September 6, 1996
Because some of yesterday's editions of The Sun did not include a complete list of winners of the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, we are including the list in today's paper.Winners at the 1996 MTV Video Awards Wednesday night:Video of the Year: Smashing Pumpkins, "Tonight, Tonight"Viewers' Choice Video: Bush, "Glycerine"Best Male Video: Beck, "Where It's At"Best Female Video: Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"Best Group Video: Foo Fighters, "Big Me"Best Rap Video: Coolio featuring LV, "Gangsta's Paradise"Best Dance Video: Coolio, "1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)"
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 4, 1996
As anyone who has watched MTV in the last week could not help but know, the 1996 Video Music Awards airs live tonight at 8 p.m. It's an event most music fans look forward to -- and not just because they're sick of seeing promos for the thing every 12 minutes.For starters, the VMAs offer a wider range of rock acts than any awards show on television. This year's show promises performances that run the gamut from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Bush, from Fugees to Hootie & the Blowfish, and from Metallica to Alanis Morissette.
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By J. D. Considine | November 9, 1995
III (Temples of Boom)Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia 669910)However much the title suggests bass-driven party music, there's little fun to be had with Cypress Hill's new album, "III (Temples of Boom)." It isn't just that the lean, ominous rhythm tracks are more hypnotic than celebratory; there's also an aura of evil to the raps, as the group takes a brutal, unblinking look at the empty lives and meaningless violence of urban drug culture. Rather than take the establishment view and argue against dope, Cypress Hill opens the album with "Spark Another Owl," which actively revels in the pleasures of getting high.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 29, 1994
"Fantastic Voyage" has been quite a trip for Coolio, carrying him from the heart of the L.A. rap scene to the top of the national sales chart. But he almost got lost before he even started, thanks to a wrong turn he made when putting the single together.It all started with the old funk hit "Fantastic Voyage," which Lakeside cut back in 1981. "I always liked the song, and my producer, Wino, came with the track. He said, 'You should use this.' "So Coolio wrote some rhymes, and the two cut the track.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 15, 1994
GET UP ON ITKeith Sweat (Elektra 61550)There's always been something of a lover-man aura to Keith Sweat's music, but he's never presented that side of his sound as literally as he does on "Get Up on It." Between the pillow-talk persuasiveness of his voice and the single-minded insistence of his lyrics, Sweat makes no secret of how he defines romance. As such, "Get Up on It" comes across less as a musical valentine than a sort of danceable sex manual. To his credit, Sweat avoids the kind of slavering explicitness that marks the work of his proteges in Silk, but even so, there's not a whole lot of subtlety to be found in the likes of "Come Into My Bedroom" or "Grind On You."
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By J.D. Considine | August 21, 1997
Fleetwood MacThe Dance (Reprise 46702)Listening to a favorite band's reunion project is often like running into an old flame -- as much as you may wish for things to be as wonderful as they were, too much time has passed for there to be any magic left. Fortunately, that's not the case with Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance." Culled from a concert shot for MTV, this 17-song collection not only reassembles the band's best-loved line-up -- Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood -- but finds them sounding better than ever.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | September 5, 1996
Despite what the ads promised, the real star of the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards wasn't big winner the Smashing Pumpkins, who won in virtually every category in which they were nominated, including Video of the Year. Nor was it a multiple winner such as Coolio (who took the Best Dance and Best Rap Video awards), Best Female Video winner Alanis Morissette, or Viewers' Choice winner Bush.It certainly wasn't one of the performers, despite what Neil Young, the Fugees or KISS did on stage. It wasn't even one of the celebrity presenters, despite the best efforts of Rosie O'Donnell, Dennis Rodman, Jenny McCarthy, host Dennis Miller or the MIR cosmonauts.
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