April 16, 2013
Outkast remains arguably the greatest rap duo of all time, even though its members - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 - haven't released an album together since 2006's "Idlewild" soundtrack. While Big Boi continues to release solo albums, Andre has mostly flirted with hip-hop, appearing on guest verses with high-profile artists when he pleases. Last November, Andre made headlines for his contribution to T.I.'s self-reflecting "Sorry. " On it, Andre apologizes to his longtime partner for slowing Outkast down, declining tours and, subsequently, walking away from significant paydays.
April 14, 2013
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Mr. Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt. The song, Mr. Paisley's attempt to metabolize his conflicted feelings as "a white man comin' to you from the southland" trying to pick his way through the minefield of race, has generated, well ... feedback. Rolling Stone dubbed it "questionable. " Gawker called it "horrible.
April 2, 2013
Editor: I am writing in response to an apparent dust-up over the use of rap lyrics on a t-shirt at Joppatowne High School. Unfortunately, I did not see the original letter to the editor on this subject, but I can comment on the mother-educator response. It disturbs me to read that a parent and educator would actually condone the use of this particular rap song, or any part of it in a school setting. This so called song contains foul language and atrocious grammar from start to finish as well as the use of the controversial "N" word; though in the so-called acceptable context we have been duped to believe is "artistic expression.
March 4, 2013
Lest anyone had any doubts about Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith's good eggdom, just check out the rap video (above) he made with his fiancee to get kids to study. Smith's fiancee, Chanel Williams, teaches fourth grade at Dogwood Elementary in Windsor Mill. With the Maryland School Assessment tests coming up, Williams convinced Smith that a message from a football star might inspire her students to do well. Together they created the "MSA Rap" and put it on YouTube where it has already garnered nearly 20,000 hits.
January 25, 2013
(Above photo is from Los' Facebook page ) Los and Mullyman , two Baltimore rappers who have seen success outside of the city, have pledged their allegiance to their hometown's football team. This week, they've released separate songs in support of the Ravens. Both are titled "Purple Reign," but sound very different. (Note: The Sun's Jill Rosen spoke with Los and the song's producer, J. Oliver, and has a story about the origin of "Purple Reign. ") With its regal horns and stadium-sized hand claps, Los' "Purple Reign" sounds ready for the radio right now. It also invokes the underdog attitude the team wears so well.
December 27, 2012
Right now, Twitter and Google users around Baltimore are looking toward both a potentially slushy weekend and the new year beyond, according to those sites' metrics. Meanwhile, Philadelphia rappers Meek and Cassidy have continued their fake fight in order to gain attention. (Based on twitter trends, it looks like it may have worked.) In homes across America, however there was worry this week about actual fights: As the relatives wouldn't go away and NetFlix went down, hosts who wanted to go out nearly went crazy instead.