| Apr 25, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Baltimore rap fans have been waiting for Los' "Becoming King" since last year. On Thursday, the Bad Boy Records signee and Baltimore native finally released the free 17-track mixtape, which you can download from Datpiff here.
"Becoming King" finds Los,...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 9:41 AM
It’s been a long time since Snoop Dogg’s career has been defined by his music. The 40-year-old rapper from Long Beach, Calif., exists in a rare pop-culture stratosphere where most of his headlines are garnered for decisions made outside of the...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 12:22 PM
Rappers Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline this year's Preakess InfieldFest May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, organizers announced Monday morning.
In recent years, Pitbull has become one of Top 40's most consistent acts, both in the U.S. and...
| May 17, 2012
| 10:44 AM
Country circles have debated it for decades: Is crossing over to the pop mainstream good or bad for country music, a genre so steeped in tradition?
Jimi Westbrook, one of the four singers in the Alabama group Little Big Town — which performs at...
| May 19, 2012
| 5:57 PM
There were still drunken 20-somethings. Still crowds making a ruckus. And people throwing up after one too many beers.
But this year — unlike at recent Preakness Stakes when infield crowds gained a reputation for debauchery and rowdy stunts like...
| May 19, 2012
| 7:13 PM
The largest crowd in Preakness Stakes history watched the thrilling victory of a horse that's now on a Triple Crown hunt, jammed to pop band Maroon 5 and basked under a Saturday sky whose only clouds were the wispy letters of an advertisement sprayed from...
| May 19, 2012
| 4:12 PM
"It looks like a big, sweaty, sexy mess of people out there," said Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to the Preakness InfieldFEST crowd. His eyes did not deceive him.
The Los Angeles pop-rock group proved to be an excellent choice for the InfieldFEST crowd,...
| Mar 30, 2011
| 9:07 AM
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 11:39 AM
Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday afternoon (tickets still available), and his support is stacked with of-the-moment rappers such as Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller. Also on the bill are frequent Wiz collaborators...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 10:22 AM
The best part of a Song of the Summer candidate is just how low the stakes can be. French Montana, a B or C-list New York rapper whose best work can be found on free mixtapes, is an MC with a mush-mouth delivery and an unremarkable persona. Yet here he...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 8:54 AM
Posting this for any rap fans unfamiliar with Trae, a hometown hero from Houston, Texas. His voice, a gravelly but melodic bass (at least I think; haven't taken a music theory class since, well, ever), often commands whatever track he jumps on. He raps...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 8:36 AM
“Five Great Songs” is a new Louder Now feature I hope to do with some frequency. You may have heard these songs before or you might have missed them, but it’s my hope to offer something new as to why they matter. Again, I’m not...