The overwhelming success of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton may cause Hollywood execs to start digging around for more hip-hop backstories to plunder. If veteran producer DJ Premier, who worked with Dr. Dre on the latter’s “Animals” track for new album Compton , has his way, his former group Gang Starr will be next on the slate for a biopic. DJ Premier Talks Dr. Dre’s Incendiary ‘Animals’ Verse The producer has begun working with the sister of Keith “Guru” Elam, the rapper who worked with Premier on six albums before passing away in 2010, to turn his vision into reality, but stresses that authenticity trumps speed.
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Before performing a surprise show for CMT Instant Jam in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, this week and then traveling to New York City to headline Today ‘s summer concert series, Darius Rucker celebrated the Number One success of his single “Homegrown Honey” on Monday during an industry event at a distillery in Nashville. Darius Rucker on What Is Country and Living ‘Southern Style’ Written with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Rucker tells Rolling Stone Country the song was hatched on the links. “We were playing golf one day and he said, ‘Dude, we’ve never written a song together.’ So we set a date and went and did it. The great thing for me about writing with him is he’s got that voice that’s like mine
MTV Video Music Awards host Miley Cyrus has revived one of the event’s more interesting subplots by criticizing Nicki Minaj for the way the rapper handled being snubbed in the Video of the Year category. “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” Cyrus told the New York Times . Miley Cyrus’ 10 Wildest Awards Show Moments After the 2015 VMA nominations were revealed in July – and Minaj learned that “Anaconda” had been shut out in the Video of the Year category – the rapper complained on Twitter, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident
Alabama’s repertoire has always been a solid blend of foot-stomping anthems and tender ballads, and the tradition continues on Southern Drawl , the first album of original songs from the trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook since 2001. One of the many highlights on the collection is “Come Find Me,” a road weary musician’s message to the object of his affection. Southern Comforts: 25 Best Songs About the South Owen’s lead vocal conveys the ache of separation, but there’s also a playful edge. “There’s a line that says, ‘Every now and then, I get to rolling and the wheels come loose. I’m rocking like a rock star dude out here in the crazy.’ We’ve lived that one
Clint Black had time to kill when making On Purpose , his first new album in a decade. The multi-platinum-selling country legend was having too much fun — and wearing too many hats — making the LP to be in any sort of rush. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time “I’ve been a maniac,” he told Rolling Stone Country earlier this summer while still putting the finishing touches on the new music. “I’ll spend two days getting a guitar part just right, when I could be hiring guys like Brent Mason to come over and do it in an hour
Taylor Swift’ s 1989 world tour has featured an epic roster of special guests, with names getting bigger and weirder as it’s progressed. For her final show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Swift brought out actress Lisa Kudrow, who reprised her famous Friends character Phoebe Buffay. See Taylor Swift Duet With Natalie Maines in L.A. With acoustic guitar in hand, Swift introduced Kudrow as her fictional character, who appeared onstage to perform Buffay’s song “Smelly Cat” with the singer. Suddenly, Kudrow interrupted Swift to offer some Buffay-esque critiques
As part of a performance of her debut album Horses in the studio where she recorded it, Patti Smith sang her beatific cover of Them’s “Gloria” twice. The first time was as the set opener, in which she transitioned from reading the poem off an LP copy of the record into the full-on punk explosion that was the album’s only single. The small audience was rapt. But it was the second time – deep into the record’s three-movement penultimate track “Land” – when it became transcendent: Smith stepped off the small stage, onto a couch and shoved the mic into the face of a fan to sing “Gloooriaaa” euphorically before hugging him. The fan was Michael Stipe
Ethiopian-American singer Kenna has announced he’ll release his new album Songs for Flight as part of a crowdfunding campaign that will also raise money for deserving causes around the world. With the project, which set a goal of $350,000 in the next six weeks, Kenna becomes the first One-for-One artist, meaning, as Kenna explains in his crowdfunding video, “Every time that you listen to the music I produce, buy tickets to my show, click ‘Like,’ buy, share anything that related to me, you knew it was funding change.” Mark Foster and Kenna Hike Mt. Kilimanjaro As part of the One-for-One campaign, Kenna is offering his still-in-the-works new album in a variety of incentives-filled packages, from the basic $25 “Passenger” bundle to the $10,000 “Voyager” package, complete with the opportunity to have dinner with Kenna and attend the Songs of Flight recording sessions. Check out all the various options and learn more about the six-week initiative – which allows fans to donate to their choice of over 25 different charities – at Kenna’s official website .
Lil B – Bay Area rapper, Based God and Bernie Sanders supporter – made plenty of waves during the NBA Playoffs when he cursed LeBron James and J.R. Smith for their hubris, and though he’d subsequently lift the bad juju on LBJ, apparently the rest of the league was paying attention. Lil B Just Cursed LeBron James, so the NBA Finals Are Over Or at least the D-League was. Because on Tuesday, the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ developmental squad, extended a tryout invitation to B. All he has to do is show up at the New Castle Police Athletic League facility on September 19, where he’ll compete alongside other hoops hopefuls for a spot on the team.
Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Gloria Estefan and more will appear in The Latin Explosion: A New America , a new HBO documentary exploring and celebrating the historical and cultural impact of Latino music and musicians in the United States. The 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time Narrated by John Leguizamo, The Latin Explosion charts the history of Latin music in the United States as well as the greater cultural, political and economic impact of artists like Desi Arnaz in the Fifties, Carlos Santana in the Sixties, Emilio and Gloria Estefan in the Eighties, and Shakira, Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Pitbull in the Nineties and beyond. The film will also feature interviews with Anthony, Martin, José Feliciano, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, Rita Moreno, Romeo Santos, Thalía and Sofía Vergara. The doc premieres November 16th on HBO and HBO Latino, and was directed and produced by Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert. The duo earned an Oscar nomination for their 2010 doc China’s Unnatural Disaster about the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
The Velvet Underground will continue their series of box set reissues this fall with a six-disc, deluxe edition of their final album with Lou Reed , 1970’s Loaded . The package will include stereo and mono versions of the LP, outtakes, live recordings and high-def surround sound mixes. The set, officially titled Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition , is due out October 30th. Although much of the release is already available – save mono mixes intended for a never-issued single of “Rock & Roll” and “Lonesome Cowboy Bill” – all of the audio is newly remastered.
For his second headlining tour, Jon Pardi has recruited friends he’s known since before they all had record deals. Brothers Osborne will join the “Drinkin’ With Me” singer on his All Time High Tour, presented by Texas Roadhouse, with a string of 18 dates starting October 8th in San Diego. Brothers Osborne on Country: ‘People Are Tired of Bullsh-t’ “Out of all the tours I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, this one is especially exciting because we’ve been building towards this moment for a while.