The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »

Watch SNL Parody Sheck Wes With Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rap Video

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A little over a week ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and fractured three ribs. Saturday Night Live paid homage to the Supreme Court Justice on last night’s episode with a rap. Pete Davidson and Chris Redd parodied Sheck Wes’ “Live Sheck Wes” from his recent album MUDBOY. Kate McKinnon plays the breakdancing RBG … More »

While You Were Laughing At Mariah Carey She Was Making Yet Another Dope Album

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Mariah CareyDo you remember what you were doing the night of December 31, 2016? Just after midnight, I was at home watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, still smarting from Ohio State’s brutal loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, when onto my screen bounded Mariah Carey, apropos of nothing. Carey … More »

Sheck Wes Has A Story

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Sheck-WesStop me if you’ve heard this one before: A good-looking teenager from the northern reaches of Manhattan becomes a high school basketball star. But instead of seeing how far he can go with that gift, he finds himself drawn into the cultural vortex of his city. He spends time around globally famous musicians and larger-than-life … More »

There’s Never Been A Pop Song Quite Like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”

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Ariana GrandeIt all happened so fast — and it keeps happening faster. More »

Crankdat re-cranks Sheck Wes’ viral hit ‘Mo Bamba’

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Crankdat continues his fan-favorite remix work with Sheck Wes’ viral sensation “Mo Bamba,” shortly after re-cranking three tracks from Travis Scott‘s wildly popular Astroworld album. On the “Mo Bamba” rework, pitched-down bells sit atop menacing bass, that create a haunting contrast right from the start. Sheck Wes’ vocals maintain the energy that the original cut is known for, dropping into screeching synths and a spooky melody above a bed of grumbling sub bass. Then, a second drop is introduced with angry, pitched-down synthwork.

The Cleveland, Ohio-native producer dedicated 2018 to really honing in on his sound, slightly leaning away from his heavy-hitting remixes, and towards building his catalog of original works. Some of Crankdat’s more popular remixes include re-cranks of San Holo’s “Lights,” Blackbear’s “IDFC,” Zeds Dead’s “Ratchet,” and Jaden Smith’s “Icon.”

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Watch Mike D & Ad-Rock Talk Beastie Boys, Clubbing As Children, & Boom Boxes On Fallon

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Beastie-Boys-on-FallonThis past week, the former Beastie Boys members Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz — Mike D and the King Ad-Rock, to most of us — published their long-awaited memoir Beastie Boys Book. They’ve been out on the promo trail around the book, telling great anecdotes in the excerpts that were published … More »

Eminem Is So Mad That You Don’t Like Him Anymore

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EminemPicture it. You’re getting into your late twenties, and you haven’t done shit. You’ve been abused, knocked around, ignored. You’ve tried releasing music, but it hasn’t gone anywhere. You’ve found yourself a little bit of a home in the underground rap scene, doing the calisthenic rap workouts that the Scribble Jam scene demands, but nobody … More »

Pusha T plots The DAYTONA Tour with Valee and Sheck Wes

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Pusha T — better known these days as “The Supreme Minister of Diss” (or often just “Pusha-T,” depending on how lazy you wanna get with the hyphen key) — is up to his old tricks again. This time, though, King Push isn’t going after such an easy target as former high school basketball phenom James “Jimmy” Brooks with his high-powered diss-beams. No; this time his target is a little bigger, a little hotter, and a lot more phallic in shape. That’s right: Push is throwing shade on the entire state of Florida (including those good-for-nothing Keys!) by announcing “The DAYTONA Tour”…without a single show in a one-state radius of Daytona Beach! He’s really gone too far with his signature disrespectful invective this time!

I mean, consider how BOLD this man is. He’s got two events in Michigan — MICHIGAN! I mean, does anyone even live in Grand Rapids?! Not to mention that four of the concerts are in House of Blues-es across the country. You know who has a House of Blues? ORLANDO, FLORIDA! Ever heard of it? Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the Lockheed Martin manufacturing facility?? It’s not as if the rapper is allergic to beach sand or suffers from an irrational fear of sunlight, either, because he’s totally playing Myrtle Beach! How could you do the Sunshine State like this, Push?!

In case you’re worried no one is safe from this man’s wrath (and I don’t blame you!), let me point out that G.O.O.D. Music signees Valee and Sheck Wes are joining the insult-rap mastermind on his tour. If you’re eager to see Pusha T’s unique brand of slanderous genius, you can check out all those non-Daytona-related dates below (or you can always grab his latest album DAYTONA here). Okay, I’m gonna go hole-up in my diss-track-proof bunker before Push sees this shit. Let me know when the resulting shitstorm blows over…


07.31.18 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks
08.02.18 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave
08.03.18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *^
08.04.18 – Kansas City, MO – Midland
08.06.18 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall *^
08.07.18 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live *^
08.08.18 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues *^
08.09.18 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *^
08.10.18 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
08.12.18 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
08.15.18 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08.19.18 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
08.20.18 – Richmond, VA – National
08.22.18 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *
08.23.18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
08.25.18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
08.27.18 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
08.28.18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
08.30.18 – Phoenix, AZ – Press Room
08.31.18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09.01.18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
10.13-14.18 – Oakland, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival

* Valee
^ Sheck Wes