Beat By Dre headphones helped buy Dr. Dre his dream home. They're also partly funding the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at USC, as its benefactors, who founded Beats, chipped in $70 million. But are the headphones any good? Survey says no. In fact, according to a new report by FixYa, a crow ... More >>
As our sister blog The Informer reported yesterday, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine and boss of all bosses Dr. Dre pooled together $70 million they had lying around to establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. It will offer stude ... More >>
See also: Dr. Dre speaks to LA Weekly about the contribution. Must be nice to have so much cash that you can pair up with a buddy and donate $70 million to a private, rich kids' school like USC. Of course, the headphone-endorsement business has been good to Dr. Dre, a.k.a. Andre Young. The same en ... More >>
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A correction was issued for this post. Please see the bottom of the piece. Most aspiring music artists who hope to get noticed nowadays have similar, tired routines. They post their songs for free, spam the usual social networks, and then sit back and wait for Jimmy Iovine to call. Yet L.A.-base ... More >>
Will his old tricks still work?
Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the Forbes writer who puts together the magazine's annual "Cash Kings" list, which estimates the earnings of the wealthiest rappers of the past year and ranks the top 20. Their newest version came out yesterday; Jay-Z topped the list with $37 million, and L.A. is ... More >>
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Shirley Manson, sitting on a stool in a sound room at Capitol Studios, confessed something in front of the 200 or so people cross-legged on the floor and in rows of chairs behind them as she awaited for the four members of U2 to arrive. Four bar stools, each with a microphone placed on the seat, sat ... More >>
Four on the floor
Last year when Sasha-Frere Jones wrote his now-infamous piece on the whiteness of indie rock, he repeatedly included the phrase "miscenegation" to describe the cross-pollination of sound between black and white music. The diction seemed deliberate, a molotov cocktail designed to rile up the chatte ... More >>
The buzz surrounding the 23-year old Washington DC rapper Wale has grown pretty loud in the last month or two. Everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Rolling Stone and XXL have profiled the guy. Hell, Urb even put him on the cover of their150th issue (Though I'll admit that when I saw Wale surround ... More >>
For the week of Nov. 1 - 8
No one understands the murky, download-rampaged world of major-label rap better
The Grammy parties and the pod people
L.A.s Omar Cruz: Could he become the first Mexican-American rap star?
Is The Game playing for keeps?
Hanson's 8 Mile, De Palma's Femme Fatale
Thank the makers of Incubus