If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you’re familiar with the news that J.Cole released his sophomore album Born Sinner this week. While I’m sure most of you are aware of the North Carolina native’s amazing lyricism and his ability to produce both club bangers and sexy slow jams, few know the real Jermaine Cole — the St. John’s graduate who was raised by a single mother in the small town of Fayetteville, North Carolina. J.Cole is able to strip himself down beyond his rapper persona and relate to his fans. And, that’s one of the reasons what makes his lyrics stand out amongst some of the cliché hip-hop artists that we have in the industry today. If you’re not a fan yet, let us give you five reasons why we love the Roc Nation artist. Read more on Hello Beautiful…
It’s crazy to think about, but this coming August will mark 15 years since the incredible album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released. Since then, the former Fugee has not released another studio album, instead busying herself by having kids (six in total, five with Bob Marley’s son Rohan), practicing her faith with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, pissing off the Vatican, and not paying her taxes. While she’s done a little bit of performing over the years — touring with Nas, an appearance at Coachella in 2011 — and a couple of new songs have been leaked, the clamor for a new Lauryn Hill album has seemingly fallen on deaf ears. Until now! Keep reading »
The Beastie Boys released a trailer Thursday for their 30-minute short “Fight for Your Right — Revisited” in support of the trio’s forthcoming new album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.
And it’s a doozy.
As MGM used to say, there’s more stars here than in the heavens: Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Will Arnett, Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Martin Starr, Laura Dern, David Cross, Orlando Bloom and Zach Galifianakis (not all are in the trailer — see who you can spot after the jump).
We haven’t seen the film — it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — but the video gives you an idea of the insanity that goes on. Read more… Keep reading »