9 Rappers You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time Caring About

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Rap is one of those genres of music that, when it’s good, it’s genius. But when it’s bad, it can be so shockingly terrible you don’t know where to look to save yourself from cringing. There are the undisputed kings and queens of rap — Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Missy, Kim — that we’ll always love, even when they’re not bringing their A game (looking at you, Mr. Beyonce). But what about the rappers that just don’t ever seem to really bring it? Or the ones that once sort of brought it, but are fading fast?

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Last Lap: Micky Dolenz Of The Monkees Hates Meth, Loves Breaking Bad

Singer Micky Dolenz thinks Breaking Bad‘s use of The Monkees’ B-side “Goin’ Down” was “a very smart call,” but wants you to know also that the song has nothing to do with drugs. “I certainly don’t condone meth — that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives,” he told THR. He added also that, “On the other hand, I like that TV show, it’s very well-made. …And no, I didn’t make a penny.” The more you know! [THR]

Can we get Beyoncé‘s word on meth and Breaking Bad? [Buzzfeed]

In sum: “Who is this?” [Fuse]
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by (@unclegrambo)

Shearer’s Spotlight: 10 Reasons Why Jack White Is The Real “Most Interesting Man In The World”

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Jim ShearerLast week I saw Jack White perform live at Webster Hall (New York City), and throughout the concert one word came to mind (fittingly in all capital letters): FASCINATING.

In the age of social media and TMZ, where nothing is a secret anymore, how can one of today’s most respected/popular musicians—one who just scored a #1 album—manage to keep his mystique as alluring as a leprechaun riding bareback on a unicorn?

The Dos Equis man may claim to be the “most interesting person in the world,” but Jack White is currently the most fascinating man in music.

Here are 10 reasons why:

10. Divorce Party
When Jack White divorced his model/singer wife Karen Elson, not only did they do so amicably, but they threw a party to celebrate. Invitations were even made for the event billing it as a “humdinger.”

9. Ice, Ice Baby
While many musicians make public their sports allegiances, it’s not known if Jack White even likes sports. Nashville’s professional hockey team the Predators are currently still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now that he calls Nashville home, I wonder if Jack White ever goes to a game, wears a replica jersey, or checks the box-score in the morning paper? (I also wonder if he’s sad that his hometown Detroit Red Wings were knocked out by the Predators in the first round?)

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Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

Pegi and Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit turns 25 this October, and the all-acoustic show has a silver anniversary-worthy lineup, including Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, and Eddie Vedder. [Rolling Stone]

Paramore played an Fueled by Ramen anniversary show last night, and streamed it, and is now sharing highlights, including “Brick by Boring Brick.” The band also premiered a new song called “Renegade.” [MTV News]
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Jack White, Insane Clown Posse, And JEFF The Brotherhood Interpolate Mozart (No, Really)

In the most blatant blog bait we’ve seen in a while (hey, we bit, after all), Jack White‘s label Third Man Records announced a forthcoming 7-inch single titled “Leck Mich Im Arsch” from none other than the Insane Clown Posse. White produced the track himself, with a beat provided by gritt/goofy Nashville punk-pop duo JEFF the Brotherhood (whose 2011 album We Are The Champions opens with the sound of an airhorn, just ’cause) and interpolated from a Mozart canon in B-flat major also titled “Leck Mich Im Arsch” (though for many years it was mistitled “La?t Froh Uns Sein”).

We’re not entirely sure how these disparate elements came together, but we do know that “Leck mich im Arsch” translates to “Lick my ass,” and is the basis for ICP’s rhymes. Furthermore, the canon was renamed “Let us be glad” at Mozart’s widow’s request by a publisher responsible for posthumously releasing the composer’s extant scores, but historical evidence came to light in 1991 confirming the canon’s original title and lyrics. Furthermore, Third Man Records was founded in Detroit (the home of ICP) and relocated to Nashville (the home of Jeff the Brotherhood). Beyond that, the song sort of speaks for itself. The single (with B-side “Mountain Girl”) will be available for purchase September 13.

[Image: Third Man Records]

by (@unclegrambo)

Last Lap: Tuesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News

The body of a 24 year-old Insane Clown Posse fan was found in a section of the Ohio River located in Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon. He was wearing a Gathering Of The Juggalos wristband, which leads the Kentucky state police to surmise that he was attending the festival. Meanwhile, over at Deadspin, writer Emma Carmichael went undercover and transformed herself into a Juggalette and traveled to Cave-in-Rock, Illinois this weekend; she just published a hilarious and fascinating exposé of the festival largely comprised of “t*tties and drugs.” [Rolling Stone, Deadspin]

Don’t call it a comeback! Original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have reunited. Since the band’s split in 1979, Geezer has actually become a geezer, which is something we suppose is both ironic and inevitable. Nobody is talking about how much money they’re getting to do this, but we imagine it’s a lot. [Birmingham Mail via The Quietus]

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Busta Rhymes’s Pizza Aside, The 12th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos Is A Success

This weekend, music’s ultimate outsiders, the Insane Clown Posse, found themselves in the unlikeliest of situations?on the brink of mainstream acceptance?as tens of thousands of fans, plus a surprising uptick of press, flocked to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois for the 12th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Detroit’s second-most successful rappers have garnered more mainstream exposure of late than than have since they left Island Records ten years ago, largely thanks to the Gathering, a festival of music, comedy, wrestling, and enough drugs and nudity to make it the spiritual successor of Woodstock, and enough rage to make it the spiritual successor of Woodstock 1999 (at which Insane Clown Posse, incidentally, performed).

The group’s return to prominence began in 2009 when the YouTube advertisement for the festival’s 10th Anniversary went viral online and sparked a Saturday Night Live parody. Last year’s festival garnered a Village Voice cover story, in which Camille Dodero claimed that “For nearly two decades, MTV has ignored Violent J and his partner-in-clown, Shaggy 2 Dope,” which at the time was debatable but today is refutable, as MTVHive sent Chris Weingarten to cover the entire festival this past weekend (see his coverage of Day 1, Day 2, and Days 3 and 4).

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Charlie Sheen, Juggalo? The Warlock Wild Child Signs On To Appear At This Year’s Gathering Of The Juggalos

The annual Gathering of the Juggalos is set to go down from August 11-14 in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, as we learned earlier this month when a 27-minute long informercial (!!!) was posted to YouTube by the Insane Clown Posse. It stands in stark contrast to some of the more mainstream music festivals (like, say, Coachella or Bonnaroo) in both its refusal to embrace corporate advertising dollars and the way it caters almost exclusively to the fringe culture of Juggalos, a mini-society of cultural outliers who share a common love of horrorcore music, face paint, and recreational drugs.

The Juggalos are a tight-knit group who don’t always warm to people they view as inauthentic; at last year’s festival, both Tila Tequila and Method Man were attacked by Juggalos during their performances by inebriated fans. That’s not to say that everyone who performs at the Gathering of the Juggalos gets pelted with urine, though: For example, Tom Green and Gallagher were both treated like royalty!

All of which is a lengthy lead-up to the following news. Adam Graham of the Detroit News reports that Charlie Sheen has signed a contract to appear at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos. That’s right, the #WINNING warlock (who hasn’t really been #WINNING too much of late) will be the “guest host” for one of the nights of the festival. When asked if Sheen would be embraced by the community of Juggalos, Violent J replied, “To the best of my knowledge, when somebody’s being picked on, when somebody’s being (messed) with, when somebody’s got mainstream America pointing their finger at them, that’s when they do best in the Juggalo world. When they’re an underdog, so to speak, that’s when they shine.”

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