Notorious B.I.G. and Star Wars aren’t exactly two things that you’d think would work well together, but Solar Slim and Richie Branson have proven that wrong with Life After Death Star.
Back in May, data scientist Matt Daniels crunched some numbers to determine which rapper has the largest vocabulary in hip hop. Now, Daniels is back with a brand new version of the chart that incorporates 20 additional artists renown for their expansive command of language.
I don't mean that as a judgment, just a statement of fact. "Shell Shocked," the new song accompanying the new live-action Ninja Turtles movie, was composed by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign and produced by Kill The Noise and Madsonik. And it's pretty damned good.
Well, except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Because in this season 3 finale of "Epic Rap Battles of History," the original Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo completely kick turtle ass. It's — dare I say it? — a masterpiece.
I can't even tell you how much I love this music video. Because truly, there is no greater, more universal sign of professional and financial success than wearing enormous green foam fists on your hands.
On last night's Tonight Show, Tariq Trotter of the Roots used his rhyming skills to tell the tale of Harry Potter. Okay, now we need an album's worth of these covering the events of all seven books.
Who's got the largest vocabulary in hip hop? A data-scientist crunched the numbers to find out. [UPDATED]
Yep, Catch the Throne is pretty good. But it turns out I'm a sucker for songs with "Fuck the Lannisters" in the lyrics.
Yesterday, we told you that HBO was releasing an album of rap songs inspired by Game of Thrones, and we had a nice chuckle at the incongruity of it all. But now HBO has released the first song from said album — "King Slayer" by Wale — and damn if it isn't kind of awesome. Listen to it here!
This Friday, HBO will release Catch the Throne, an official album of 10 rap tracks all about and inspired by the world and characters of Game of Thrones. I have no idea how to feel about this.
Watching a skilled musician improvise a piece, you almost feel as though he or she is plucking the notes straight from thin air. Fortunately, science has given us a few clues as to what's actually going on inside the brains of musicians who are improvising.
In May of 2000 three legends of hip-hop formed a supergroup and created something nobody saw coming: A futuristic, sci-fi rap album. Over the years, Deltron 3030 has developed an almost fanatical cult following. The long awaited sequel—officially released today—is likely to do the same.
Science raps have this habit of being forgivably bad, in that this-isn't-really-a-rap-but-we'll-let-it-slide-because-you're-scientists-and-you're-clearly-trying sort of way. But this original piece from Jabari Johnson, a senior at Harlem Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, needs no such pardon.
Nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock has sung about everything from Firefly to Marvel's West Coast Avengers comics, and now we can add the new Battlestar Galactica series to his oeuvre. He's just released an 8-song EP inspired by the original miniseries, and io9 is proud to debut the first track and music video, "Galactica."
I have no idea why this 1986 Star Tours promo video of C-3PO rapping (specifically, rapping terribly) has been coursing through the Interwebs today, but far be it from me to fail to
inflict such pain share such a delight with you guys. Although in all fairness to the protocol droid, he's gotten better since then.
The Electric Pancakes' Flo Rida-parodying rap video "Wildlings" (Jon Snow, ft. Ygritte) is an inspired bit of fan silliness. The Game of Thrones sex jokes roll out at a mile a minute, and we'll never be able to think of poor Qhorin Halfhand the same way again.
Stan Lee has done plenty in his 90 years on this planet Earth, but now you can add "parkour master" to his titles of "creator of some of the greatest comics characters of all time" and "movie cameo star." Watch Stan jump, roll and climb his way through L.A. with skills that would even inpress Spider-Man.
Epic Rap Battles of History has finally gotten around to the most important scientific feud of all time. I was afraid Edison's savvy business sense and promotional skills would lead him to having the doper rhymes, but I feel like Tesla really pulled it out at the end. Oh, if only the real Tesla had been so lucky!
Last year, the entire Internet was delighted by Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright — Arya, Sansa and Bran Stark, respectively — singing their version of the Game of Thrones opening credits in a DVD/Blu-ray commentary track. Well, the season 2 Blu-ray/DVD is coming out next month, and I'm…