new year’s eve 2012

Lil Wayne, “Free Weezy Album” review

Lil Wayne is a complex soul and “Free Weezy Album” is his therapy project. We don’t know if “Tha Carter V” will ever materialize, but if it does we should expect it to be devoid of the gripes he covers on “FWA.” On this album, which he suddenly dropped as a Tidal exclusive on July 4, Wayne talks about a rough patch he's hit in his life: There's his time on Rikers Island, his nasty beef with Cash Money Records and a slew of past breakups.

10 things to do today instead of seeing Nickelback at Red Rocks

It's a tough day for the dozens of Nickelback fans in Colorado. Tuesday, July 7 should have been the day to toss on your Affliction T Shirt, spike your hair (with frosted tips), hit the gym (to get as swoll as possible) and fill a party bus with Monster Energy and Burnett's Vodka to head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre to see Nickelback.

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.