Rap's Love Guru: Why Plies Is Smarter Than You Think

Plies's decade in the rap game—in which he navigated through his native Florida's underground, ascended briefly to mainstream fame via two Gold-selling albums, and has since returned to the Southern rap mixtape circuit—immediately calls to mind one word: "realness." There are the titles of his first three albums: » 12/04/14 11:18am 12/04/14 11:18am

A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake's Style

Drake is the type of artist whose technical abilities make a noticeable jump with every release. When in late October he dropped three new tracks, a few members of Jezebel staff noted that Drake was sounding like a properly impressive R&B vocalist: comparing "Days In The East" to 2009's "Best I Ever Had," for example,… » 11/17/14 3:13pm 11/17/14 3:13pm

We Improved A Billy Joel Song By Replacing Him With Jay-Z

We all know that Billy Joel sucks (especially lately), but as SB Nation's Spencer Hall recently noted, there's a portion of nearly every one of his songs that's really great. (You can usually blame Joel's rock-solid rhythm section of Liberty DeVitto and Doug Stegmeyer for that.) » 11/13/14 1:30pm 11/13/14 1:30pm

The Freewheelin' Riff Raff: Embracing The Cagey, Loopy Joys Of Neon Icon

My favorite Bob Dylan interview is the infamously painful sit-down with Time magazine in D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary Dont Look Back, wherein Dylan gets miffed at a prying line of questioning and slams the writer, the publication, and the publication's readership alike for subscribing to a worldview mechanistic… » 7/01/14 2:25pm 7/01/14 2:25pm

Mike Tirico Raps About Drake, Achieves Supreme Dadness

It's not the rapping that makes Mike Tirico the biggest dad to have ever dadded in this clip, it's the ensuing faux-embarrassment, the point-by-point explanation of his joke, and the gleeful mention of his son and whatever extracurricular activity that son is currently engaged in. That's what we call hitting for the… » 5/05/14 2:24pm 5/05/14 2:24pm