Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, the multi-platinum selling double album from Outkast duo Big Boi and André 3000. The effort produced several memorable tracks, but easily the most successful was André 3000's "Hey Ya!," a song that spent several months dominating radio waves, high school proms, and pretty much every kind of party imaginable in a way that maybe no other has in the 21st century.
So what does this anniversary mean, exactly? Well, three things: You are now officially old, I am now officially old, and we all have an excuse to revisit the Hey Ya!/Charlie Brown Christmas video mashup that I have loved unequivocally since the day I first set eyes on it.
If you've been paying attention to the Comics Controversy Meter over the past few weeks (a scientific system that measures outrage in milihudsons), you may recall that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The KillingJoke has been the topic of a whole lot of debate lately. People have raised questions about authorial intent, ambiguity, interpretation, continuity and a whole lot of other stuff, but I think the one thing we can agree on is that the story lends itself pretty well to the world of hip-hop.
Okay, I'll admit it: We did not actually know that before today. Thankfully, CA favorite Mega Ran is here to show us with "One Bad Day," where he raps the Joker's origin story over a beat sampling the NES Batman game. Check it out below!
Kudos to Lauren LoPrente for connecting the pronounced themes of failure, unrequited love, and existential dread that defines so much of Charles Schulz's legendary comic strip Peanuts with the similarly dour words of the great Smiths lyricist Morrissey. Named after The Smith's "This Charming Man," LoPrente's This Charming Charlie blog draws from Morrissey's limitless supply of loathing and depression and applies those lyrics to some of Schulz's most iconic layouts and poses. Its a good laugh, and you can see some of our favorites along with their musical sources below.
Famed turntablist and DJ Mix Master Mike is known for his solo work, his long career as a contributing member of the Beastie Boys and collaborator with musicians like Travis Barker... to most teens and adults. To younger kids? Well, he may just wind up being known as the musician who made Puffy AmiYumi's 2002-2006 Teen Titans theme song a little easier to dance to for Cartoon Network's new Teen Titans Go!animated series on DC Nation. Taking the stage during the show's Sunday morning panel at Comic-Con last weekend, Mix Master Mike performed the show's new jam while on stage with producer Aaron Horvath and voice actors Scott Menville (Robin), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Tara Strong (Raven) and Khary Payton (Cyborg). As the moderator of the panel, CA's own Andy Khouri was on stage to capture Mix Master Mike's performance up close and catch the audience's enjoyment as the cast danced in celebration. You can watch the master at work, after the jump.
Sitting on a hip hop and comics panel at last year's New York Comic Con, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels -- one third of iconic hip hop group Run-D.M.C. -- spoke about his love of comics, and how they informed his approach to rap. Now his celebrated career is informing his approach to comics. Yesterday at Midtown Comics McDaniels announced the launch of "Darryl Makes Comics," his new comics imprint under which he'll be producing a 48-page graphic novel with contributions from creators Damion Scott, Dexter Vines and Ronald Wimberly.
In Kirby Krackle's discography, you'll find songs sung from the point of view of Mario, Thor, a vampire, a Fallout vault dweller, a free-agent henchman, and Tony Stark's life coach. There's plenty of that in the band's new album, "Sounds Like You," which comes out July 9, but there
Venerable nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock is back with another of his trademark comic book tracks, this time inspired by the trials and tribulations of Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Titled "Stark Industries," the song and accompanying music video begin WarRock's latest donation drive to raise money to tour, create new music and basically do all the decadent and glamorous things one associates with writing songs about superheroes.
Rapper Black Thought -- who once proclaimed he "hit these emcees with the grip of death like I was a Vulcan" -- is known to drop a little nerd culture into his lyrics occasionally. He's also known as one of the greatest rappers to ever grab a mic. So on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Live, when Fallon read a letter from a viewer opining about his desire for the theme song from Super Mario Bros. to have lyrics,
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