Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the...
We don't have any specific dates yet besides the already-announced Coachella and Governor's Ball gigs, but it appears that OutKast will be headlining over forty different festivals throughout this year.
Well, I'm doing a mix tape right now with everybody on the scene that's doing well. Danny [Worsnop] from Asking Alexandria, Andy [Biersack] from Black Veil Brides is singing on it. It's all rap, but they're singing all the choruses on it. There's Jacoby [Shaddix] from Papa Roach. There's Deuce, and we've got Craig Mabbitt [from Escape the Fate] singing on it. There's more too, but every track is going to be someone.
On Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle," J. Cole rapped "Iím artistic, you ****** is autistic, retarded." Following some outcry, he has issued an apology. Drake has since joined Cole with his own apology via his website, claiming responsibility for the lyric as it was on his song.
The RIAA has changed it's rules regarding digital sales and platinum eligibility, meaning that once Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to Samsung Galaxy users, it will essentially have gone platinum.
Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.
Not only do we believe itís sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the programís inception, we also consider todayís move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music...
Is there any reason you wouldn't want to listen to a Juicy J remix of a Passion Pit song? The answer, of course, is "no." You can stream the official remix of "Constant Conversations" from last year's Gossamer in the replies.
Vonnegutt will release $Free.99 on May 23. The mixtape features collaborations with Big Boi, Will Pugh (of Cartel), Cutty Cartel, Aleon Craft, Sugar Tongue Slim, Tony Williams, Shannel, Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra), Cassadee Pope (of Hey Monday) and many more. The album's first video/song for free download can be found on the band's site. It's a re-working of Drake's "Find Your Love" featuring Will Pugh (of Cartel) & Outasight.
Online record store Insound is having a 15% off sale on essential hip-hop vinyl. The group of 31 albums ranges from recent to older releases, so be sure to check it out if you're looking to add to your collection for a great price.