The Grammys night that almost was for hip-hop

[caption id="attachment_113735" align="aligncenter" width="543"] Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)[/caption] Question: Do the Grammys organizers know who will win the awards in advance?

Shakespeare cypher: MC Lars’ hip-hop poetics

[caption id="attachment_109652" align="alignnone" width="1200"] MC Lars will play Denver's Marquis Theatre on Tuesday, November 3. Photo by Nicole Mago.[/caption] By: Kyle Eustice In a 20-minute conversation, Bay Area-based rapper MC Lars is liable to describe something as “cursory” or go in on the “zeitgeist” as thoughtlessly as if asked to name a word that rhyme with "cars." The Stanford University graduate (real name Andrew Robert MacFarlane Nielsen) majored in English, which you'll know straight away no matter what he's talking about.

Watch the cat-tacular video for Run The Jewels’ “Oh My Darling (Don’t Meow)”

If you're a cat-loving hip-hop head, every day on the Internet is probably a great day. But today even more so. Sensing a dire shortage of cat-rap videos, duo Run the Jewels released the video to "Oh My Darling (Don't Meow)," one of many feline-featuring singles on their parodic remix album "Meow the Jewels." Since Run the Jewels used cat sounds for every beat on the song, it's only fitting that furballs take center stage in the video.

DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth’s trinity, music + food + justice, takes shape in Denver

[caption id="attachment_23961" align="aligncenter" width="610"] DJ Cavem.Moetavation hopes to inspire a forward-thinking generation of hip-hop. Photo by Sam DeLeo, heyreverb.com.[/caption] Rallying cries like “Black Lives Matter” have been at the forefront of conversations in communities of color since Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

Vince Staples, “Summertime ’06” review

Vince Staples has a lot to say, and he’s going to make us listen. “I hope you understand / They never taught me how to be a man / Only how to be a shooter” could be the subtitle of “Summer ’06.” It’s an unflinching, hard and unsentimental look at Staples’ world, chronicling the harsh reality of life as a Crip in north Long Beach and the success that followed with a terminally unfeeling delivery.

DJ Cavem to perform, celebrate organic gardening at White House

[caption id="attachment_102061" align="alignnone" width="610"] On April 6, DJ Cavem will join an event at the White House that celebrates five years of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative by performing his Culinary Concert program alongside his wife, Alkemia Earth, chef Bobby Flay, “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird and The First Lady herself.[/caption] The despair some feel amid Denver's sharp rise in gang violence, which over the past three months has been blamed for multiple shootings and homicides in neighborhoods like Five Points, Whittier, Park Hill and Montbello, is palpable.

THEESatisfaction, “EarthEE” review: Pay attention, this is worth your time

[caption id="attachment_100813" align="alignnone" width="610"] If you got to lost in the far-out ambience of “EarthEE,” you might miss all the meaning THEESaistfaction packs into these songs.[/caption] When THEESatisfaction released its debut full-length, “awE naturalE” back in 2012, ears perked up at the jazzy, futuristic take on hip-hop and R&B, and the duo became an act to watch.