March 6, 2012


Genre Report: Mastodon & Feist On Split Single & More

Cindy Frey
Cindy Frey

METAL/INDIE: Record Store Day Makes Strange Bedfellows
Canadian folk queen Feist and Atlanta alternative metal outfit Mastodon are releasing a split single for Record Store day on April 21st. In a cute twist, they're covering each others' songs: Feist is doing "Black Tongue" and Mastodon is doing "A Commotion." We're looking forward to the unpredictable results! [Blabbermouth]

METAL: Sammy Hagar Remembers Late Guitarist Ronnie Montrose
Rolling Stone handed Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar the keys to the kingdom this morning when they allowed him to pen an article reminiscing about his friend and former bandmate Ronnie Montrose, who passed away last week. Hagar waxes about Montrose's skill as a songwriter and his determination to keep getting better and better, and finally on his last few weeks. [Rolling Stone]

HIP HOP: Clipse Rapper Changes Name
One member of Norfolk, VA, brother/brother duo Clipse, who became famous in the early '00s for rapping extensively about cocaine over inventive Neptunes beats, has changed his name. As of today, Malice will be known as No Malice. Check out the video to see the new No Malice mourn the passing of Malice. [The Smoking Section]

HIP HOP: Rapper Gets His Wish: Bentley Truck 
On Young Jeezy's "Supafreak," recent Def Jam signee 2 Chainz rapped, "Going online like, 'when they gonna make that Bentley truck?'" Now, perhaps thanks to the urging of 2 Chainz, they actually made a Bentley truck. 2 Chainz actually already knows, because this afternoon he tweeted, "YESYES I KNO THE BENTLY TRUCK IZ ON DA WAYYYYYY...." So stop @ing him about it. [XXL]

R&B: '90s Pals Reunite for New Video
Brandy and Monica, the inseparable 90's R&B duo behind megahit "The Boy Is Mine," have reunited for a new video for the song "It All Belongs to Me," which will be on Monica's New Life when it comes out on April 10. You can watch it here. [RapRadar]

COUNTRY: Garth Brooks Joins Country Music Hall of Fame
Oklahoma country superstar Garth Brooks, whose success almost defies comprehension, will finally be rewarded for it when he's inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the ceremony later this year. Hargus "Pig" Robbins and Connie Smith, country legends in their own rights, will join him in induction. [Country Weekly]