Multiple Gunshots Fired at Lil Wayne’s Tour Buses in Atlanta

No one injured after two vehicles open fire on the rapper’s tour buses following a nightclub performance

By Daniel Kreps

Multiple gunshots were fired at a pair of Lil Wayne‘s tour buses after the rapper performed at an Atlanta nightclub on early Sunday morning. While Lil Wayne and some Young Money associates were reportedly on board during the shooting, no one was injured in the incident. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the shooting took place on I-285 in Cobb County around 3:30 a.m. as the rapper and his entourage departed Compound nightclub following his performance there.

Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce confirmed that a shooting had taken place and that no suspects were in custody. After the shooting, the tour buses remained on course to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, at which point someone notified police of the incident “regarding someone shooting at a bus that Lil Wayne was on,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said.

Responding officers discovered that the buses had been shot “multiple times.” “Witnesses could only provide a limited description of the suspect vehicles,” Espy said. “They were described as two white vehicles, possibly a Corvette-style vehicle and an SUV.”

TMZ adds that Young Money execs and artists like Hood and Lil Twist were also onboard. While Lil Wayne has not commented on the shooting, despite the incident, Young Money tweeted that the rapper will still perform Sunday night as scheduled in Louisville, Kentucky.

The tour bus shooting comes just 10 days after Lil Wayne was sued by a former tour bus driver who accused the rapper of intimidating him with a gun during Wayne’s 2014 summer tour. According to the lawsuit, the Sorry 4 the Wait 2 rapper, gun in hand, threatened to pistol-whip and then shoot the driver after the bus stopped to refuel outside Buffalo, NY. The driver is suing for false imprisonment, assault and emotional distress.

Amy Winehouse’s Family Says Forthcoming Documentary Is “Misleading”

“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths….”

By  Molly Beauchemin

 Amy Winehouse's Family Says Forthcoming Documentary Is

Amy, the forthcoming documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse, arrives in British theaters July 3, with a separate U.S. release scheduled for some time this summer. As the film’s Cannes premiere approaches, the two hour documentary is coming under fire from members of the late singer’s family, who claim the film is “misleading”.

According to a report from the Guardian, a spokesperson claims the Winehouse family “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.

The statement continued:

“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths….There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.”

The film is directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapaida (best known for Senna, 2011’s documentary about the late Brazilian racing champion Ayrton Senna), and tells Winehouse’s story through extensive footage compiled from various points in her life.

According to the filmmakers:

“When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity, as with Senna. During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy Winehouse; friends, family, former-partners and members of the music industry that worked with her. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.”

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

Here’s the trailer for Amy:

Killer Mike To Attend The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Dinner takes place Saturday, April 25– the day after Mike gives his talk on race relations at MIT

By Molly Beauchemin

Killer Mike To Attend The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Killer Mike is invited to this Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which takes place on April 25– the day after he’s scheduled to give a talk on race relations at MIT. As Stereogum reports, he will be there on behalf of The Huffington Post. Cecily Strong of Saturday Night Live will host.

Mike has spoken and written about the subject of race relations multiple times on stage, in USA Today, on CNN, in an Instagram post, and in a Billboard op-ed. Run the Jewels’ recent “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” video focused on the futility of police brutality.

MIT recently has hosted lectures from Young Guru and Lil B.

Read our feature on Run the Jewels, Last Rappers Standing.

Watch Killer Mike and El-P on’s “Over/Under”:

Lana Del Rey’s New Song “Life Is Beautiful” Appears in The Age of Adaline Trailer

“It’s an honor to be a part of this magical movie.”

By Evan Minsker

Lana Del Rey's New Song

A new Lana Del Rey song is featured in the film The Age of Adaline. The track is called “Life Is Beautiful” and it appears in the film’s new trailer. Watch it below.

The Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. It’s out April 24.

Lana Del Rey’s next album is reportedly called Honeymoon.

Rihanna Releases Stoner Anthem “James Joint”

In honor of 4/20 (a day late)

By Jeremy Gordon

 Rihanna Releases Stoner Anthem

Rihanna has shared “James Joint”, an interlude from her forthcoming studio album. On her website, Rihanna said she was releasing it “in celebration of 4/20,” the annual holiday celebrated by stoners from sea to shining sea… which, as it happens, was yesterday, but maybe someone got stoned and forgot to post it. You can listen to it here.

Here’s the video for “American Oxygen”:

Best New Track: April 2015 – Samantha Urbani – “1 2 3 4”


Since leaving her band Friends a few years back, Samantha Urbani has been a collaborator on several Blood Orange tracks, as well as a one-off with Ssion and Seth Bogart (aka Hunx). “1 2 3 4”, which may or may not appear on her solo debut, finds Urbani’s funked-out rebirth somewhere on the cusp of “Material Girl”, dripping in syrupy soul and potent bass lines.

Considering Urbani was in the band behind the overnight blog-hit “I’m His Girl”, it’s no shock that this collaboration pulls out all the stops, with Friends bassist Matthew Molnar, Dev Hynes, and co-producer Sam Mehran (Test Icicles) all contributing. Groovy percussion clammers through glistening keyboards, baby stepping on the essence of iconic New York disco thumps, as the woes of a past relationship come alive on the dancefloor. Sultry trills echo out of focus and pinch a nerve as Urbani sings, “I don’t need to settle the score/ You are the perpetrator,” triggering that proverbial finger snap and hair flip that made Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted” the perfect anthem for girls who need to shake it up, while they shake him off.

Crystal Castles Aren’t Dead, Return With “Frail”

Ethan Kath on Alice Glass: “People often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, I didn’t care.”

By Amy Phillips and Evan Minsker

Crystal Castles Aren't Dead, Return With

Alice Glass announced last October that she was leaving Crystal Castles. At the time, their manager hinted that it wouldn’t be the end of the band. Sure enough, Crystal Castles aren’t dead. Ethan Kath has posted a new song, “Frail”, on the band’s Soundcloud. That’s the single art up there. The lyrics can be found here. It’s unclear if Glass sings on the track. Update: It is not Glass, but rather another, unnamed singer.

Accompanying the track, Kath wrote:

i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors. i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (she’s not on Untrust Us. Not In Love, Vanished, Crimewave, Vietnam, Magic Spells, Knights, Air War, Leni, Lovers Who Uncover, Violent Youth, Reckless, Year of Silence, Intimate, 1991, Good Time, Violent Dreams etc.). people often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, i didn’t care.

Update: Kath has removed the statement from the Soundcloud description.

Glass wrote last year, “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC.”

The band’s last album III came out in 2012. Read our 2012 interview with Crystal Castles and our list of the 10 best Crystal Castles songs.

Kurt Cobain Doc Montage of Heck Clip Features Early Performance, Krist Novoselic Interview

Kurt Cobain DocMontage of Heck Clip Features Early Performance, Krist Novoselic Interview

“He’d always have to do some kind of art—usually defacing something.”

By Jeremy Gordon

Kurt Cobain Doc Montage of Heck Clip Features Early Performance, Krist Novoselic Interview

In a new clip from Montage of Heck, Brett Morgen’s forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary, an early form of Nirvana is shown performing in a house… for an audience of two. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is also interviewed, where he talks about interacting with a young Cobain. Watch it below, via The New York Times.

In the clip, Novoselic says that when he and Cobain first met, the future Nirvana singer was working as a janitor. “He’d always have to do some kind of art—usually defacing something,” Novoselic says. “He never had, like, idle hands. It just came out of him; he had to express himself.”

Also in The New York Times piece, Morgen clarifies that an interview with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl won’t appear as a DVD extra. (It was previously reported that Montage of Heck wouldn’t include Grohl in the initial documentary.)

HBO will air Montage of Heck on May 4. It is screening in select theaters now.

Tyler, the Creator’s Cherry Bomb Gets Five Album Covers, Physical Release Date

One of the covers is pretty gross

By Jeremy Gordon

Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb Gets Five Album Covers, Physical Release Date

Tyler, the Creator’s new album, Cherry Bomb, is now available to stream and purchase online. It will be released physically on April 28, with five different covers. Tyler revealed the covers on Instagram.

Over on his Twitter, Tyler has been offering commentary on the tracks on the album.

Watch the video for “Fucking Young / Deathcamp”: