1. With The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem had a similar opportunity to demonstrate growth as both an artist and a human being — and once again, he failed to take it. Instead, he’s turned his considerable talents as an artist to the same regressive, lazy garbage he was spewing in 2000.
     

  2. Eminem has a new single out that you can listen to here. It’s called “Bezerk.”

    [The thing] that stands out about “Berzerk” is how dated its references are. Ren & Stimpy? Kevin Federline? “Bawitdaba”? If Eminem’s goal was to release a single that could actually have been a lost track from the original Marshall Mathers LP, he succeeded. But if he wants to go back to taking pot-shots at celebrities that are actually relevant, he might want to spend a day browsing TMZ first next time. 

     

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  5. Jay-Z’s gay marriage endorsement: More influential than Obama’s?

    Hip-hop king Jay-Z also just publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage. "I’ve always thought [of] it as something that’s still holding the country back," the rapper told CNN. “It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

    "A prominent rap star speaking out in solidarity with global acceptance is as big a cultural step forward as the leader of the free world making the same claim,” says Clinton Yates at The Washington Post. Jay-Z is a leader in the massively influential hip-hop community, and this could “lead generations of music fans out of the fog,” changing their attitudes toward homosexuals and same-sex marriage.

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  6. Remembering Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch: A video tribute

    Along with his bandmates, Yauch was “responsible for rap’s first big move from the New York streets to the manicured lawns of American suburbs,” says Christopher R. Weingarten at SPIN. His death at such a young age hits especially hard, says Kyle Buchanan at New York, as Yauch “managed to pack that short lifetime with so many indelible accomplishments”: Grammy Awards, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and more. Among Yauch and the Boys’ most celebrated contributions are their innovative, ground-breaking music videos, several of which Yauch directed himself under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower.

    As fans and the music industry mourn Yauch’s death, here’s a look back at some of the Beastie Boys’ most iconic music videos

     

  7. Bret Baier is the rising star of Fox News’ highly rated weekday show “Special Report.” But if his TV career ever fizzles, he may have a fallback career as a rapper. At a Friday night “jam session” following the 52nd Annual Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Baier was invited onstage; claiming he only knew one song, Baier launched into a more-than-passable rendition of The Sugarhill Gang’s seminal 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight.”

    "Don’t tell anybody I did that," he told the crowd.