i definitely haven’t been as present as i would like to have been towards the last quarter of 2010, but that doesn’t mean i wasn’t around. i definitely have to give the biggest panda thank you ever to grizzly for holding down the fort as always. after the cut you’ll find my lists for albums of the year, mixtapes of the year, and some random ramblings towards the end. you know what to do.
that time of the year again. and this year’s top 2 comes as no surprise. eminem came out with recovery and went balls out with record sales and a quadruple night headline stint with jay at yankee stadium and comerica park respectively. that alone, i’m sure warrants the spot. the full list:
8. waka flocka flame (lolwut)
7. lil wayne
6. nicki minaj
the hip-hop awards are usually pretty solid every year, and the ‘BET cypher’ is easily my favorite part. this year, bet has a ton of interesting artists lined up to rhyme: kanye, common, royce da 5’9, pusha t, tyga, big sean, wiz khalifa and diggy, among many others. bet let loose of the first video, and naturally none of those artists are featured here. i guess it’s a consolation prize to see fonzworth bentley try to rap, though ain’t it? and some guy screams in spanish, which is equally hilarious.
good evening, party people. i’m back to do the VMAs again this year since i got nothing else to do. hope everyone’s enjoying the NFL kickoff today. i sure as hell did (texans fan here, folks.) anyway, last year went down as the downfall of our beloved yeezy. he’s since started his uphill climb and will be performing tonight alongside eminem, drake, and some other folks i’m too lazy to name off. hit the jump for real time updates and as always, follow us on twitter too – sunbear’s gon’ be tweeting per usual. thanks for reading!
well here’s the best thing about last night’s emmys. the likes of jimmy fallon, jon hamm, tina fey, some glee nerds, joel mchale, jorge garcia, jane lynch and betty white join forces for the opener, which is fueled by the boss’ ‘born to run.’ you know this is gonna be huge, so just watch it if you missed it last night.
the lineup for this lovely austin festival gets even more massive by the year. just take a look at that lovely poster. some of the bears will definitely be in attendance. hit the jump for the full list of bands, written and typed up by the cuties at rocksoff.
here you go folks. kanye’s first televised performance of “power.” appropriated supplemented by a gigantic mountain and the biggest jesus chain i’ve ever seen. in case you missed it, kanye west, cudi and big sean will all be dropping albums on the same day. thank them later.
belvedere vodka and their team worked with wale’s crew on the day of his coachella performance to catalog the day’s events, which included wale running a mile in his eggplant foamposites to make it to his show on time. and from the looks of it, he definitely had a successful show.
sxsw is a lovely time of year where all of our friends from various cities in texas decide to congregate in austin for all of it’s lush atmosphere (think about it) and an endless lineup of flavor-of-the-year bands. all three bears, along with our videographer of the week josh, @klainep and grizzly’s main squeeze would become the wolfpack to scour the streets of austin in hopes of catching something memorable and damaging our livers.
this year, we’d spend a lot of time at rachael ray’s showcase (a first), walking (typical) and waiting in hopeless lines. we faced our share of challenges this year, but the bears prevailed and left austin alive with most of our parts in tact. as if this 3000 word recap isn’t enough for you all, then we will have full sets (yes, full!) of theophilus london, japandroids, fang island and local natives coming soon. stay tuned for those.
now grab a PBJ or PBR and enjoy the tales from beyond the bears.
we were lucky enough to catch 88-keys do his thing for a quick 20-minute set at sxsw, so here’s a bit of footage of him doing ‘handcuff em’ with izza kizza, live and direct atop a couch in the middle of the light bar. due to the ‘staging’ area being on the floor, 88 decided he was too short and wanted to rock on the crowd’s level. hence, the couch.
sorry, it’s shaky. we were getting down, and i’m not the tallest guy either.
bigger version here. thoughts? excited about anyone in particular? think they left anyone off?
personally, this list pales in comparisons to last year. i count three dudes worthy of this spot (see: j cole, big sean, fashawn), two dudes who have no business being on this list at all (see: oj da juiceman, nipsey hussle) and five dudes who i don’t give a shit about (see: the rest).