Spotlight: Why Were The Grammys So Terrible?

Award ceremonies are intended to celebrate the best and brightest talent, yet the shows themselves are often dull, lengthy and awkward. Although this year’s Grammy Awards clocked the highest ratings in decades (RIP Whitney), we were again reminded why we don’t really pay attention to these things. Especially this one.

What’s New In Music This Week

This Week: The Back Keys finally cross over; all that Amy Winehouse left behind; The Roots tell the story of a child who grows into a drug-dealer; Poland’s Jacaszek combines classical and electronic; Auto-crooner T-Pain is back with club jams and guests.

What’s New In Music This Week

This Week: Drake is back with superstar guests; Swedish electronic outfit Korallreven’s debut; Pterodactyl is noisy and bright; 31 years of R.E.M.; A synth-phonic release from Tycho.

What’s New In Music This Week

This Week: Red Hot Chili Peppers drop album number ten; Balam Acab inspires ooos and ahhs; Lil Wayne takes a stab at The Throne; CSS’ nu-rave sex punk; Zach Hill and Hella’s ferocious math rock.

Lil’ Wayne “Sorry 4 The Wait”

Lil Wayne’s first mixtape since his release from prison is here. Catch Weezy with Young Money buddy Gudda Gudda and Lil B freestyling over an assortment of current hits.

Lil Wayne “6 Foot 7 Foot”

Weezy! Video wizard Hype Williams gives Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz the full treatment with a multitude of absurdist concepts: Lil Wayne’s a general; he’s a professor; he’s a rap star; he’s a king; he has no head (or brain). Also, it’s all a dream because its Inception.

The Game “Purp & Patron”

Since The Game is making the world endlessly wait for his RED album, he’s throwing out free music in the meantime. The double disc mixtape includes guest artists Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Fabolous and Jim Jones.