23 items by Toure

  • Michael Jackson: Black Superhero

    Michael Jackson: Black Superhero | ARTICLE

    When Michael Jackson was a boy, you didn't have to say "black is beautiful," you just had to look at him and you knew. In 1969, as black people were getting comfortable with the idea that...

    June 26, 2014 8:55 AM ET
  • Adele Opens Up About Her Inspirations, Looks and Stage Fright

    Adele Opens Up About Her Inspirations, Looks and Stage Fright | ARTICLE

    "Aw, Louis!" Adele groans. "Don't roll in the shit!" It's Saturday, around 2 p.m., and she's zipping through a small park along Alster...

    April 28, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • America's Most Lovable Pimp

    America's Most Lovable Pimp | ARTICLE

    It's a cold November night in Pomona, California, and Snoop Dogg's whole world has come to a virtual standstill because his favorite team,...

    December 14, 2006 1:25 PM ET
  • Kanye West: Head of the Class

    Kanye West: Head of the Class | ARTICLE

    Kanye West is in his bedroom, getting dressed. This often takes a while, sometimes up to sixty minutes (as a child he dreamed...

    April 29, 2004 12:15 PM ET
  • A Woman Possessed

    A Woman Possessed | ARTICLE

    From the moment Beyoncé lands in London, she's treated like a princess. A British Airways agent meets her at the door of the...

    March 4, 2004 9:40 AM ET
  • The Black Album

    The Black Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's rare for a rapper to make a goodbye album — generally the marketplace kicks you out of the game first. But Jay-Z is a rare rapper. The dominant figure of the post-Biggie and -Tupac era, he...

    November 19, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Hail To The Thief

    Hail To The Thief | ALBUM REVIEW

    Radiohead's Hail To the Thief is a product of its moment: recorded in late 2002, during the American and British governments' slow, inevitable march to Iraq, of which lead singer Thom Yorke was an outspoken opponent. Hail...

    June 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Sign O' The Times

    Sign O' The Times | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. It begins as a great book would, with the setting. "In France, a skinny man died of a big disease...

    October 8, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Aaliyah: 1979-2001

    Aaliyah: 1979-2001 | ARTICLE

    One late Saturday afternoon, just two weeks before her death, twenty-two-year-old Aaliyah walked from a black Mercedes-Benz to a small helicopter for a short flight from New Jersey to East Hampton, New York. She was on her...

    October 11, 2001 5:35 PM ET
  • 'N Sync: True Tales of the Pop Life

    'N Sync: True Tales of the Pop Life | ARTICLE

    Picture this: a bunch of guys sitting around talking about girls. Just a normal guys-talking-about-dream-women sort of convo, one man dropping the name of...

    August 16, 2001 10:45 AM ET
  • Mama's Gun

    Mama's Gun | ALBUM REVIEW

    They would be the reigning couple of black music if only they were still together. Erykah Badu and OutKast's Andre 3000, who were a pair for the three years leading up to 1999, have created two of...

    January 18, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • No Doubt: Music From the Big Pink

    No Doubt: Music From the Big Pink | ARTICLE

    It's Monday in Los Angeles, the day before the release of No Doubt's fourth album, Return of Saturn, and all the gang is...

    July 6, 2000 12:00 PM ET
  • The Marshall Mathers LP

    The Marshall Mathers LP | ALBUM REVIEW

    Welcome to the summer of Shady. Where a very blond, white-trash homeboy from Detroit named Marshall becomes the king of hip-hop. It's like something out of science fiction. Eminem's 1999 triple-platinum major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP, was...

    July 6, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • D'Angelo Is Holding Your Hand

    D'Angelo Is Holding Your Hand | ARTICLE

    'Dear heavenly Father," someone is saying to the silent room, "please give us the ability to touch this crowd." All thirty-six members of

    May 11, 2000 3:10 PM ET
  • Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

    Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic | ALBUM REVIEW

    The hope for a heart-stopping new song from the former Prince dies hard. Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, the Artist's first major-label album in three years, suggests his crap detector is still at least partially on the...

    January 20, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Fresh

    Fresh | ALBUM REVIEW

    This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums. Sly Stone rose like a rocket in 1968 and 1969, offering supremely funky psychedelic soul, social commentary and instantly classic...

    November 25, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Mary


    At first it seems a bit strange: There's only one MC on Mary J. Blige's new album, Mary. On her first and third studio albums — the genre-creating What's the 411? and the merely stellar Share My...

    September 2, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Tim's Bio: From The Motion Picture Life From Da Bassment

    Tim's Bio: From The Motion Picture Life From Da Bassment | ALBUM REVIEW

    You know those stories where there are two equally talented brothers, but then something goes awry and one turns bad while the other remains good? Here's another. Robert Diggs (the RZA) and Tim Mosley (Timbaland) are among the...

    December 10, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Hello Nasty

    Hello Nasty | ALBUM REVIEW

    See all those stars up there? That means I can't walk down my block for a whole month. For a black man, championing the Beasties is like being down with Madonna or rooting for the Utah Jazz....

    July 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Resurrection

    Resurrection | ALBUM REVIEW

    As more and more former B-boys and B-girls find jobs in hip-hop outside of the spotlight — as label heads, video directors, stylists, journalists — a trend is making itself apparent: The jobs with the shortest tenure...

    February 9, 1995 12:00 AM ET