Eric K. Arnold

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  • 8 years ago

    As Ye-Day approaches, one question looms large: Can any arena contain Kanye West's massive ego? The 17,000-­capacity Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, where hip-hop's favorite college dropout plays May 2, is hardly large enough for a performer ...

  • 8 years ago

    Get Off the Stage marks Too $hort's 17th album, not counting compilations and reissues, but it's also the end of an era. It's his last for Jive, the label he's been associated with since 1988. "I'm a legend in the game," he says on "Shittin' on 'E...

  • 9 years ago

    According to at least one mainstream music rag, gypsy rock is the next big thing. Yet the 11 artists on Putumayo's latest collection of intoxicating international rhythms eschew clichéd guitar riffage for squeezeboxes and syncopated swing b...

  • 10 years ago

    Prince Paul might be the least commercially minded beatsmith in hip-hop to be afforded superproducer status. An old-school devotee still young enough to have helped widen hip-hop's sonic palette during the now-mythologized late-'80s/early-'90s era...

  • 10 years ago

    His iconic scores for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns made him famous, but set those aside and Ennio Morricone would still be one of the modern era's most intriguing composers. On a par with jazz-funk icon David Axelrod in terms of both madness ...

  • 10 years ago

    Blessed with exotic good looks and a razor-sharp tongue, former water polo star Sean Henriques reinvented himself as Sean Paul and became dancehall's urban-crossover poster child; his second album, 2003's Dutty Rock, knocked 50 Cent from the No. 1...


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