Snoop Dogg and his Peanuts-inspired moniker aside, the worlds of rap and cartoons rarely collide. Might have something to do with all that bad language - for some reason, broadcasters seem to think Saturday morning kids TV is better off without talk of gin, juice, hoes and bankrolls. Bucking that trend this week is PBS Digital Studios, who have animated a classic 1994 interview with Tupac Shakur as part of their Blank On Blank series.
Pixies frontman Black Francis recently announced ‘The Good Inn’, a graphic novel telling the story of “the first narrative pornographic film". He joins rapper Lupe Fiasco, who this weekend began publishing a novel via Twitter brilliantly titled ‘Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective’, in the ranks of musicians with literary debuts in the works. They're not the first musicians to try their hand at fiction, though: Louise Wener from Sleeper, Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, 50 Cent and Leonard Cohen have all authored novels of sorts.
Keeping up with the bullet-paced, ephemeral world of pop can be a tiring business. One minute it's Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' dominating the charts and sparking a thousand YouTube memes; the next it's Miley Cyrus swinging naked on a demolition ball like a building site brickie in meltdown causing a stir. Thank goodness, then, for San Francisco's DJ Earworm - a mash-up artist who's compiled 25 of 2013's best selling pop videos/tracks into one handy five-minute YouTube clip.
In 2012 Killer Mike’s sixth album ‘R.A.P Music’ was produced by El-P, and Killer Mike in turn guested on El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’. The two hit it off and started working together as Run The Jewels, named after a lyric in LL Cool J's 'Cheesy Rap Blues'. The self-titled LP was recorded in woody upstate New York and a studio in Brooklyn called the Space Pit before it took its rightful place as one of the most thrilling albums of the year. Killer Mike’s Atlanta baritone drawl cuts with El-P's sinewy flow in a monument to the power of synergy in rap.
1967, 1971, 1976, 1986, 1991 and 2001 - these years are legendary for the number of game-changing albums they spawned by bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Ramones, The Smiths, Nirvana and The Strokes. And you know what? The year 2013 is up there. It’s had everything… Event Albums When 2013 was eight days old, David Bowie released the song ‘Where Are We Now?’ and announced that his first album for a decade, ‘The Next Day’, would follow in March. It was the great man’s first record in the social media era, and news of his 24th album resonated around the world.