Willie Nelson

The Beautiful Story of Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson’s 4/20 Trip to Amsterdam

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AUSTIN, TX: As Snoop Dogg himself admitted this morning, the first thing he thinks about after waking up is smoking weed. So when I heard that he’d be giving the music keynote at SXSW — held at 11 AM in recent years — I wondered what kind of state he’d be in, as he discussed his career and the music industry for an hour. In this regard, the highlight of the conversation was incredibly on-brand: tales of a trip to Amsterdam. With Willie Nelson. On 4/20. To shoot a video for a song called “My Medicine.”
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10 Albums Made for Incredibly Strange (And Sometimes Hilarious) Reasons

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As you’ve probably heard, there’s a new Lauryn Hill song. It sounds… well, it sounds like it was recorded in a hurry to pay off a tax bill, which is apparently exactly the case (unfortunately, the quickie release didn’t save Hill from a three-month jail sentence). The vocals and lyrics are decent enough, but the beat sounds like it was slapped together in GarageBand with deadlines in mind. Of course, Hill’s not exactly the first artist to have to make a record under duress; here’s a selection of records made for weird reasons over the years, some hilarious, some sadly rather less so.
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Matthew McConaughey Explains What Scorsese, Willie Nelson, and the Dalai Lama Have in Common

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AUSTIN, TX: Matthew McConaughey, rom-com heartthrob turned astonishingly good actor, was mostly in somber, Serious Artist mode for his “Conversation with Matthew McConaughey” panel at SXSW Sunday afternoon — which is unfortunate, because in the right setting, he can go charmingly off the wall. But a question from The Village Voice‘s Scott Foundas about his next film, the Martin Scorsese drama The Wolf of Wall Street, did yield one bit of genuinely wacky McConaughey strangeness.
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