Max Bell is flabbergasted and blasted his Magnum PI Love in the age of Tinder and 140-character DMs. Sustainable or a sick joke? How do you get closer? 21-year-old Jordan Raf, an L.A. based UCLA art major cum R&B singer/producer, wants to know. After a summer abroad in Tokyo, Raf’s returned stateside with his forthcoming debut […]
Max Bell is second cousins twice removed with Lil Dap. Dismiss the teen renaissance of dense and dusty, jazz-inflected rap songs and you denounce Doom and Dilla. They’re the perennial link between the boom-bap of old and most contemporary iterations, their influence over high school rap fans as strong as it was when Tyler and […]
After the frequent delays and label drama surrounding "Carter V," Lil Wayne attempts to regain his old magic.
Max Bell never gives up. The second season of True Detective has been cast. If only Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs had auditioned, if only they acted. Instead, both would rather reflect on 2Pac in the desert in ’95: fresh from Clinton Correctional, Mad Max leather fetish in full effect. Gibbs took the rhymes and […]
Max Bell is taking Peyton Manning’s latest playoff loss very hard Rap prides itself on reverence. The revered retain some modicum of relevance; the genre grows while never losing sight of its roots. But of late, ardent genuflection at the altar of the Golden Era has become many a rapper’s default. At best its unimaginative, at […]
Max Bell is cruising in the whip with Gene Shalit, eating scallops. Fighting fans and security guards. Rapping in port-o-potties. Throwing weed,  TVs, and video game consoles into crowds. Consorting with Big Body Bes. To some, Action Bronson could seem “eccentric.” Hence, the second single off of his March 24th VICE/Atlantic debut, Mr. Wonderful, is “Actin […]
Max Bell taught Kate Upton the Cat Daddy. A man and his cat should not be underestimated. The cat keeps man home, keeps man working to keep it alive and well fed. For the unfamiliar, the working man pictured above is Aesop Rock. He is forever buying cat food and thus forever on a roll. […]
Max Bell is liable to flip like things that flip. Bone Thugs will always be relevant. Imitated yet forever inimitable. But part of their success stems from the fact that their biggest hits dealt with the universally imminent — before the crossroads comes the first of the month. “Wide Open”, the best song from South Carolina […]
Max Bell will be celebrating Festivus. Kriss Kross released three singles in the year after “Jump“. “Warm It Up” wasn’t multi-platinum, but it hit #1 on the rap charts. The next two (“I Missed the Bus” and “It’s a Shame“) proved Jermaine Dupri and the duo he ostensibly discovered at a mall weren’t immune to the […]