Jay-Z Stays on his Grind

Jay-Z has always been the best at brushing off hate. His 4:44 tour reached the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, bringing with it a slew of disturbing questions for the rapper and his marketing team: Why are tickets selling on StubHub for $6? Why are there so many empty seats? Is Hov really past his prime? Jay remained unfazed.

Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA Top Buku's First Talent Roll-Out

Now that Voodoo is behind us, the Buku Music and Art Project is ready to start rolling out its lineup. This year, we’ll discover Buku’s lineup in three phases. Today we learned that the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10, 2018 with Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA, Alison Wonderland, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, Borgore, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Hippie Sabotage, Smino, Honey Dijon, Soulection, CloZee, Jade Cicada, Zack Villere and Bouffant Bouffant.

Flying Lotus Throws a Tantrum at The Joy

It’s not news anymore that Stephen Ellison (Flying Lotus) can be whiny. Last year, frustrated by the plight of producers in a rapper-centric hip-hop industry, he tweeted that “hella rap artists are rape artists.” His anger may have been justified, but the statement was tone deaf and prompted reputable publications to put out ridiculous think pieces like this one.

Voodoo News: LCD a Soundsystem First, and Kendrick Lamar Goes Solo

When LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy sang, “I can change, I can change / if it helps you fall in love” Friday night, nothing made you think he would. It’s not that Murphy was a cad, though. On the opening night of Voodoo 2017, it became clear that LCD Soundsystem songs are construction puzzles. How do you fit together drums, keyboards, percussion and vocals to construct hypnotic dance rock grooves?

Voodoo News: Pell Finds Peace

In a hip-hop landscape that grows more turbulent by the minute, 25-year-old rapper Jared “Pell” Pellerin is surprisingly zen. A New Orleans native, he moved to Mississippi with his family after the storm, went to college there, returned home in 2014 for just over a year, and then shipped off to L.A., where he currently resides. But despite all this motion, he’s stayed grounded.

Voodoo News: Post Malone Gets Paid Like a Rockstar

In a world where Lil Uzi Vert and Migos call themselves rock stars, does that make Post Malone the 2017 Pat Boone? In The Atlantic, Spencer Kornhaber breaks down the contemporary hip-hop use of the phrase “Rock Star” in part because Malone just topped Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Rockstar,” his collaboration with 21 Savage.

SZA Spoke to and For the Sold Out House of Blues

SZA’s first national tour seemed to catch everybody but her fans by surprise. At venue after venue, bookers realized too late that they could have charged more after fans snapped up the tickets in minutes. At the House of Blues last Thursday night, the line for the show left the venue’s alley, turned on to Decatur Street, then wrapped around the corner on to Iberville. When SZA took the stage to open with “Supermodel,” the audience drowned her out as it sang along.

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