Rappers are called "rappers." Or MCs. This is because they rap. If you want, you can call them a "hip-hop vocalist," or "performer" but that sounds pretty dumb.
THEY ARE NOT CALLED RAP SINGERS. This is because they do not sing.
Rapping and singing are two different things.
This post was inspired by the news on my local NPR affiliate.
I'm going to go listen to my favorite song rapper, Mel Torme.
Our man Brandon Bird, the New Painter of Light, has this wonderful piece in the I Am 8 Bit exhibition at Gallery 1988 here in Los Angeles. I hit up the opening last night, and it was pure madness -- a line of maybe 150 people snaking out the door of the jam packed gallery, all there to see an art exhibition inspired by video games.
Interpretations and styles ran the gamut, though I noticed a particular fondness for Wario and Joust. If you're in LA, it's worth a visit, as the exhibition runs through May 12th.
Brandon Bird on The Sound of Young America
They'll be at the Comedy Central Stage, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Tickets are free but you must call (323) 960-5519 for reservations. Show's at 8, don't be late!
Ted Leo is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. His songs blend careful songcraft and indie aesthetics with politics and the drive of punk rock. His most recent record is "Living with the Living."
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A lot of people haven't seen The Larry Sanders Show. It aired on HBO before HBO was known for its original series. The first season DVD release was botched, and there never was a second season release. It ran briefly in syndication, but that was at 1 AM on UPN and whatnot.
But it was really, truly special. Maybe The Simpsons was more important, possibly a little better. Maybe. But besides that, Larry Sanders is the best sitcom of the last 25 years. Perfectly drawn characters, hilariously funny, a truly amazing program.
You owe it to yourself and your family to at the very least buy the new DVD set, "Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show,", which was released today.
Or, to put it another way: if you don't buy it, we can't be friends anymore.
Marco Polo's a producer from Toronto, and one of the acts on the new Rawkus Records. Masta Ace, of course, is the New York hip-hop legend, original member of the Juice Crew, and creator of some of the best hip-hop LPs of the 80s, 90s, and of the 21st century.
Here's our interview with Ace, who's as interesting and thoughtful in conversation as he is on record.
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But you can also catch the great Brent Weinbach dropping the BOOMTIME on the Punchline in San Francisco tonight (4-17) and tommorow (4-18). Tonight he delivers BEGINNING WEINBACH, then tommorow... it's ADVANCED WEINBACH. We say GO SEE BOTH! This is a rare opportunity for a COMPLETE WEINBACH SCHOOLING.
And for those of you who don't live in the 'Sco, don't miss BW rocking the M Bar in LA on the 26th and Coachella on the 27th.
It's not often you get a request as ridiculous as this.
He sent us this message:
I'll soon be launching a blog for the guys I work for that'll be an archive of local and regional commercials for syndicated Becker reruns. If you know of any online, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you live in a market where they air and can capture & upload them to youtube, I will mail you a prize pack that will blow your mind. I've also got an FTP site if you want to upload directly.
Bonus points for commercials that say stuff like, "Now Becker's on 5 times a week! That's five times the [clip of Becker saying something harshly]."
LA Comedian, Television Enthusiast
Asterios offers us this as an example.
So, do you have any Becker promos? Why you would, I don't know, but I feel compelled to support this effort.