Monday, September 28 2009
We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.
Thursday, August 27 2009
On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.
Sunday, August 16 2009
The words of people like DJ Lazy K, a grateful and hardworking mixtape creator, illustrate how well underground hip-hop is doing, if the RIAA would just leave them alone.
Sunday, July 19 2009
The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.
Thursday, June 11 2009
Why so serious? Have a grab bag of weed, love, politics, and laughter.
Thursday, May 28 2009
An excellent album from the state of Minnesota and a shrewd hip-hop duo.
Thursday, February 26 2009
The sheer beauty of the images creates its own sort of narrative, a visual demonstration of The Black List's original impetus to recover the typically "negative" denomination of the "black list" and reframe it as positive and inspiring.
Thursday, February 12 2009
Monday, February 9 2009
Somewhat lost in the glamour of fame, money, and recognition that typifies hip-hop success is the fact that "all eyes on me" includes the police and the feds. Yet surveillance of rappers is very real, and the result is a strange case of artists hiding in public.
Monday, February 2 2009
Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.