Nipsey Hussle Under Posthumous Investigation for Gang Ties: Report

Officials within the Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney’s office are investigating the late Nipsey Hussle to determine whether his strip mall that housed his Marathon Clothing store was a center for gang activity, The New York Times reports. The investigation began before Nipsey’s death, and according to the Times, the rapper’s murder emboldened investigators who were concerned that exact kind of violent act could take place on the property. The origin of the investigation is unclear. A spokesperson for the LAPD declined to comment on specifics of the investigation, but told the Times that police are actively negotiating with Nipsey’s associates on the property “to mitigate some of those crime issues.” According to the report, city officials pressured the former owners of the strip mall to evict Nipsey and his associates. Instead, they sold the property to Nipsey and a group of investors. Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a City Council member, said he had been working for years to learn more about the investigation on Nipsey’s behalf. Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed at his Los Angeles strip mall on March 31. Eric Holder, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man, was arrested and charged with murder. Read “Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy Is […]

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite to perform Beatles classics in Los Angeles: Watch

Paul McCartney wrapped up his massive “Freshen Up Tour” on Saturday with a dose of Beatlemania. During his closing gig at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Macca reunited with Ringo Starr for a pair of classic Beatles songs. “We’ve got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone. Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only, Ringo Starr,” McCartney introduced the famed drummer. The two rock icons then fired off 1967’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” and The White Album cut “Helter Skelter” to the delight of the rapturous crowd. (Read: A Hard Day’s Night: The Strangest Reported Reactions to Beatlemania) The treats didn’t stop there, however. Sir Paul McCartney brought out a second special guest in Joe Walsh. The Eagles member, who also happens to be Starr’s brother-in-law, popped up on stage to knock out guitar during the Abbey Road number “The End”. “The best part is we didn’t have a clue what we were doing,” McCartney later jokingly told the audience of the evening’s star-studded collaborations. Catch fan-caught footage from the epic evening below. [embedded content] Ok Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play Sgt. Pepper at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/Osuk8RtJ2g — Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 14, […]

Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick and the Bug Announce New Project, Share 2 Songs: Listen

Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh) and Kevin Martin (aka the Bug) have formed a new duo called ZONAL. Their debut LP is set to come out in fall 2019 via Relapse Records. Today, they’ve shared two new tracks—“Cage Version” and “No Version.” Hear them below. This beat-driven industrial noise project marks the duo’s first music together since 2001’s The Brotherhood of the Bomb, its final release as Techno Animal. That group disbanded in 2004 and performed a single reunion show in March 2017. Relapse plans to reissue Techno Animal’s back catalog “in the near future,” according to a press release. Check out “The 33 Best Industrial Albums of All Time,” featuring Godflesh. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Beyoncé shares new song “Spirit” from upcoming album The Lion King: The Gift

Beyoncé has announced a new album straight outta Pride Rock. A companion piece to Disney’s upcoming live-action remake, it’s called The Lion King: The Gift and features a number of international artists picked by Queen Bey herself. In anticipation of its July 19th release, she’s unlocked her own new anthem titled, “Spirit”. “This is sonic cinema,” she says of the album in a statement. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.” “Spirit” finds Bey collaborating with Lebo M. and the great Hans Zimmer. In an interview with Fandango, director Jon Favreau explained, “They were all collaborating with her and helping to bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece. So it was nice of them to have them working with her to allow the new song to feel organically a part of the new production.” Beyoncé further elaborated on the album itself: “I wanted to put […]

Thom Yorke throws shade at MUSE and Sam Smith, cosigns Billie Eilish in new interview

This weekend’s edition of The Sunday Times contains a new interview with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. His conversation with interviewer Jonathan Dean focuses primarily on his newly released third solo album, ANIMA, and the complex emotions which inspired its creation. At one point, Yorke discusses the activities he relies on to alleviate his own anxiety. “Generally, really simple things,” he explains. “Running helps, and yoga is essential to me. Swimming. Physical stuff is really important. And reading a book!” He also “devours” music, noting, “It’s an essential part of me. I have to find new things to listen to all the time.” The fast-rising anti-pop star Billie Eilish is among those “new things” that’s he’s discovered. While sharing an anecdote about attending an Eilish concert with his daughter, he somewhat hilariously becomes sidetracked when mentioning the person he was sitting next to. “‘We sat down and what’s-his-name — the guy who did the Bond film we didn’t do?’ That would be Sam Smith, who sang the theme for Spectre when a Radiohead song was rejected. ‘That’s it. He stands behind us, and I’m sitting with my daughter, her friends and my girlfriend, when suddenly everyone goes, ‘Saaam!’’ Yorke squeals his name. ‘I’m, like, […]

Beck Joins the Bird and the Bee for “Hot for Teacher” Cover: Listen

On August 2, the Bird and the Bee—the duo of singer Inara George and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin—will release the covers album Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen. They have now shared their take on “Hot for Teacher,” featuring vocals from Beck. “My name is Dr. Goodbody,” he says in the intro. “We’ll be reviewing the text from Moby Dick, so please turn now to… page 69.” Give it a listen below. The Bird and the Bee’s new album is the second volume of their covers series; the previous installment took on the work of Hall and Oates. A new Beck album, titled Hyperspace, was announced earlier this year. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Jamila Woods channels her inner Harry Potter in new “Baldwin” video: Watch

Chicago R&B artist Jamila Woods is back with a new music video for “Baldwin”. The song comes from her recent album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, which was released last month. The fantastical clip sees her create the wizarding world of Harry Potter for the black youth community in Chicago. “To outsiders, the school appears to be abandoned — one of the 50 public schools closed under Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s watch in 2013,” explained Woods in a press release. “However, for Black people in the neighborhood this space is a gem, an oasis of Black learning and radical education for young people. We shot part of the film documentary-style, to include young people’s perspectives on what they would want their dream school to be like.” Hence why the music video for “Baldwin” turns into a Hogwarts haven. In the video, directed by Vincent Martell, kids run their shopping carts into the side of a Chicago school and find themselves on the other side. There, they’re surrounded by magnificent feasts, hair care classes, magic education courses, and more. Part way through, kids give testimonies about the type of education they wish they could receive in real public schools. It’s the visual embodiment of one […]

Man Arrested for Streaking, Knocking Over DJ Equipment at Firefly 2019

A man was arrested on Saturday at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief, the Associated Press reports. Here’s what that means in this particular instance: An unnamed 21-year-old man reportedly stripped naked, streaked around the festival, and knocked over sound and DJ equipment. He was reportedly taken to a medical tent because he was very intoxicated. It unclear exactly whose equipment was affected in the incident, but the festival’s lineup on Saturday included Travis Scott, Kygo, Passion Pit, Death Cab for Cutie, Snail Mail, BROCKHAMPTON, and more. Pitchfork RSS Feed

The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” one-room shack is available to rent for $4,000 a month

Notorious B.I.G. in the Juicy video Hip-hop fans searching for a place to live, look no further. Notorious B.I.G.’s childhood home is currently available to rent in Brooklyn. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the late legend’s 972-square-foot Clinton Hill apartment is up for grabs at a steal of $4,000 a month. Although Biggie called it a “shack” in his hit single “Juicy”, the space has since been refurbished with new floors, appliances, and countertops. “It’s so calm and residential now,” real estate agent Fabienne Lecole told the New York Post, “It’s hard to imagine it’s the same street that he sang about with all the drugs and gunfire. It couldn’t be more different.” Here’s the full listing via Compass: Amazing three-bedroom home with additional den/office and separate dining room with best light is now available for rent in the desired neighborhood of Clinton Hill historic district. The limestone eight-unit condominium prewar building was recently renovated and maintains gorgeous pre-war details, like hardwood floors and high ceilings. The kitchen has been has granite countertops, stainless appliances and lots of storage. This home also features a windowed dining room and a spacious southeast facing living room with an additional office. The building offers […]

Eric Andre, Tiffany Haddish, and Lil Rel Howery go on a Bad Trip in red-band trailer: Watch

Since a hidden-camera prank (or ten) never goes out of style, here’s the trailer for Bad Trip, an upcoming comedy written by longtime Jackass director/ringleader Jeff Tremaine. In the tradition of Bad Grandpa, Bad Trip has a loose plot to tie together its series of increasingly ridiculous pranks, pratfalls, and stunts. Eric André and Lil Rel Howery star as friends who decide to take off on a cross-country adventure, using a car stolen from André’s incarcerated sister (Tiffany Haddish). As she gives pursuit, the three work their way from one group of shocked everyday strangers to the next, with André appearing to take the brunt of the punishment. Kitao Sakurai directs the hidden-camera outing, which if its NSFW red-band trailer is any indication, will feature its fair share of nudity, frightened middle-aged folks, and Howery grimacing at the sight of his pal’s body being destroyed. And look, we’re not going to sit here and pretend we won’t watch. Adult men have been getting pantsed and hit in the genitals since the earliest days of cinema as a medium, and the tradition remains alive as long as new generations are invited to partake in these lowbrow joys. Bad Trip will stumble, crash, and scream its way […]