A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
It’s not hard to get nostalgic about the early Cash Money Records era, when an anarchic squad of New Orleans bounce-rappers bulldozed their way onto MTV with a series of irresistibly catchy anthems. In the 20 years since that takeover, the members of that crew have had wildly different career trajectories, and they’ve also had … More »
Lil Wayne sat down in his hometown of New Orleans with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson as part of Wilson’s long-running CRWN interview series. With Wayne’s triumphant Tha Carter V finally out after half a decade of delays, they had a lot to talk about. As Pitchfork points out, that included discussion … More »
Lil Wayne‘s years-long Tha Carter V saga is finally over, with the rapper’s ill-fated fifth album officially slated for release on his birthday, September 27. The long-awaited forthcoming installment in Weezy’s Tha Carter LP series was able to move forward following a settlement with Cash Money records boss Birdman. The album, tied up in legal red tape for years, has gained a notoriety similar to Dr. Dre’s famously never-going-to-land Detox. All that is over now.
As a byproduct of the legal closure, Lil Wayne was able to sever ties with his former co-home, putting his own Young Money records imprint back under his sole control. The falling out started all the way in 2014, with Wayne addressing Tha Carter V‘s consistent delays in a a new video announcing the album. Wayne thanks his fans for unwavering support and promises something special, something “more than him,” on the LP to come. Two separate 50 million dollar lawsuits, one shot up tour bus, and too many online spats to mention later, Weezy’s project will finally land on Thursday.
Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »
jDean lived in New Orleans. First time he an I met, it was at 285 Kent for a DJ set B2B w/ Sun Araw & D/P/I. Prior to their “performance” we went out to my car and smoked a bong that doesn’t exist any more. Then we danced the night away listening to random funky, dancehall, and hiphop burners mixed up by the legends themselves.
After, jDean and I became internet “partners,” which I referred to him as my internet boyfriend, and he and I would video chat with lots of early-on vaporwave folks like SPF420 or Saint Pepsi or Macintosh Plush on Fridays and Saturdays. All the while, I’m falling in love with jDean’s Tiny Mix Tapes reviews, Chocos, DeLoreans, and interviews. And when his albums dropped, I consistently and completely geeked.
When Tiny Mix Tapes held their first SXSW showcase, he hitched a ride out and stayed the night with me and Mr. P in some random hotel, and he carried all the weed. He posted my picture all over Grindr so people could find me, and eventually see him with a pepperoni pizza t-shirt on. Eventually, jDean missed the TMT/SXSW showcase to meet up with someone, and Mr. P and I stayed alone in a hotel bed together all night.
In the months after, Mr. P and I receive SnapChats and IGs from jDean about staying in bathhouses for weeks at a time, smoking meth in elevators and single person showers with multiple bodies stuffed in both locales. Eventually, we saw articles about jDean’s arrest in New Orleans. When he was released, all I got were gchats asking for money for food, which I’d respond with asking for an address to have pizza delivered. No response.
Big Tymers is back, b. Cash Money got a whole mixtape out right now and it’s flames, durr. “Designer Caskets” marks a new era that sounds very similar to an old w/ Birdman & Mannie Fresh. Can’t wait until jDean and I make our return. Looking forward to that forever.
Back in the late-’90s/early-’00s halcyon days of Cash Money Records, label boss Birdman and genius producer Mannie Fresh recorded five albums together under the name Big Tymers. The duo parted ways when Mannie left the label after the 2003 album Big Money Heavyweight (and after his own dazzlingly ridiculous 2004 solo album The Mind Of … More »
Hey, remember Paris Hilton? If you’re too young, Hilton was basically the Kylie Jenner of 2004, except somehow vastly more annoying. (She also recorded at least one very good song, “Stars Are Blind.”) This morning, Hilton has popped up again, as a sort of human status symbol, in the video for a new … More »