'Tired' of Rapping, Lil Wayne Parties Like a Rock Star. (Or Does He?); Fools Rush In on April 1
Headlines: Lil Wayne explains why he's doing the rock-out-with-your-locks-out thing on his upcoming album, "Rebirth," says he's picked up a guitar because his long-running "best rapper alive" campaign became kind of boring. Key quote: "I just got -- I'm not going to say 'so good' at what I was doing, but it became such a regularity for me that I got tired of it." OTOH, Weezy's label boss, Bryan "Bird" Williams, says "Rebirth" isn't actually a rock record. ""That's what I think people are getting misunderstood. When you speaking about a rock record, you think he's got a guitar and everything, but it's not that." Oh? ... Bjork replaces Robert Plant as Led Zeppelin's new singer, Trent Reznor collaborates with Timbaland and Kid Rock purchases the naming rights to the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers. Yep, it was April Fool's Day yesterday. ... (Is this a joke, too?) The Fall's Mark E. Smith performs a concert in a wheelchair before deciding he'd rather sing from his dressing room. ... Everybody wants to give Natalie Cole a kidney. ... Neil Young coughs up the songs: His new album, "Fork in the Road" -- which includes the bailout anthem, "Cough Up the Bucks" -- began streaming in its entirety on MySpace last night. .... Steve Martin is headed to the Grand Ole Opry, banjo in hand -- but, presumably, no arrow through head. ... The Killers are sick of the Killers. Allegedly. ... Hootie and the Blowfish are going to the ballet. ... Tom Paxton is tired of answering questions about Bob Dylan. (Oops! Sorry, Tom.) The old folkie performs tonight at Wolf Trap. ... A big hoop-he-do over Chris Brown at the University of Mary Washington. The Reliable Sourcettes report that Brown surfaced on campus smack dab in the middle of White Ribbon Week, which raises awareness of domestic violence. ... Lady Gaga reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "Poker Face," making her just the fourth female artist in 25 years to hit the top spot on the big Billboard chart with her first two singles. The others: Tiffany (!!!!), Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Gaga, whose first chart-topper was "Just Dance," would have celebrated the feat at the 9:30 club tonight, but she canceled her two shows here. ... Heidi Montag of "The Hills" is making a dance-pop album. Somewhere, Paris Hilton is yawning right about now.
"[Auto-Tune] is definitely the zeitgeist of music right now. You don't ignore it, because then you're not relevant." -- Producer-rapper will.i.am, who used the robotic vocal effect on the new Black Eyed Peas single, "Boom Boom Pow." Will said the effect fit, too, because the song's lyrics (and his own flow) are futuristic -- and in the future, "computers are going to rule even more than they are now."
Video of the Day
In which Sebastien Tellier gets sexy and synthy, not necessarily in that order. Tellier performs at the 9:30 club tomorrow night.
List of the Day
The Rap Up has put together a list of the Top 11 Rap Songs To Disrespect Women To -- and surprisingly, they aren't all Too $hort tracks. The famously misogynistic rapper does make the cut, though, with "Call Her a [Preferred Hip-Hop Pejorative]." Others on the list include N.W.A.'s "One Less [Preferred Hip-Hop Pejorative]," Ja Rule's "[Preferred Hip-Hop Pejorative] Better Have My Money," Dr. Dre's "[Preferred Hip-Hop Pejoratives] Ain't [Expletive]," Cadillac Don's "[Expletive] That [Preferred Hip-Hop Pejorative]" and Z-Ro's "I Hate You [Preferred Hip-Hop Pejorative]."
Today on Washingtonpost.com
Chrisette Michele, Superdrag, Bajofondo, Kurt Vile, Fonseca and more (not least my latest obsession, Harlem Shakes) in the April Mixtape produced by Malitz on the Going Out Gurus blog.
Post Rock on the Radio
I'll be on WYNC's "Soundcheck" with the rapper Khujo (of Willie Isz) today at 2 p.m. to talk about recession rap and the bailout blues. If you're so inclined, you can listen to a live stream here.
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