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Features

Tuesday, December 11 2012

The Best Hip-Hop of 2012

From riotous humor to sociopolitical commentary, hip-hop in 2012 gave us quality and variety.


Wednesday, February 8 2012

“Don’t Let Me Fall”: Hip-Hop in the Age of Austerity

Rappers have always wrestled with the question of how to succeed in a society where the odds are stacked against them. The biggest difference now is that their middle class listeners have the same worries.


Tuesday, December 27 2011

The 75 Best Songs of 2011

The year's best songs are headlined by an instant synth pop classic, the massive hitmaking of the planet's hottest new diva, the pristine harmonies of a young band headed for greatness, the return of the poster boys for indie rock, and an instant Americana classic.


Thursday, December 18 2008

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.


Thursday, December 11 2008

The Best Hip-Hop of 2008

A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!


Columns

Sunday, June 22 2014

Bring Back the Beat! What's Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.


Sunday, July 19 2009

It Ain't Hard to Tell: The Legacy of 'Illmatic'

The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.


Thursday, December 11 2008

The Politics Inside Black Pop

Will black pop artists still see themselves as outsiders now that a black person is President? Will they use their cultural platform to criticize him if need be, just as they did to help elect him?


Sunday, July 29 2007

The NAACP’s Mock Burial of Its Relevance

Our enemy is not the "N-word" itself; it’s whatever propels people to use it. We need healers, not language nannies.


Reviews

Thursday, July 26 2012

Various Artists: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

Soundtrack makes for a pretty good listen, but doesn't live up to its audacious subtitle.


Monday, July 16 2012

Nas: Life Is Good (take one)

Nas tries to power through uneven production with fiery raps, but the sad truth is that the self-conscious way Life is Good is put together undermines his energy and intention.


Monday, July 16 2012

Nas: Life Is Good (take two)

Welcome back to the realm of excellence, Nasir Jones.


Thursday, October 20 2011

Pretty Lights + Nas: 2011 September 15 - Austin, TX

Smith's dynamic sound clearly appeals to a wide demographic, resulting in a diverse crowd that becomes like one nation under a groove here tonight.


Sunday, July 13 2008

Nas: Untitled

Nas's ninth studio LP lost its title. Its content, however, deserves far more dialogue than the controversy generated by what he wanted to call it.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 3 2012

Nas feat. Amy Winehouse - "Cherry Wine" (video)

Nas has released a video for "Cherry Wine" featuring vocals from the late, great Amy Winehouse. Great mix.


Tuesday, January 26 2010

Nas and Damien Marley - Distant Relatives (video)

One is arguably the most iconic lyricist in rap history; the other is a reggae star and the son of a legendary musician/activist (Bob


Sunday, July 20 2008

Dissecting Nas’ Untitled - Part 5

Track eight...


Tuesday, July 15 2008

Dissecting Nas’ Untitled - Part 4

Tracks six and seven...


Monday, July 14 2008

Dissecting Nas’ Untitled - Part 3

Tracks four and five: the triumphant pop songs...


Dissecting Nas’ Untitled - Part 2 (Sound Affects) [10.Jul.08]
Dissecting Nas' Untitled - Part 1 (Sound Affects) [9.Jul.08]

News

Thursday, July 19 2012

Rolling with the punches, Nas rises to the challenges

It’s easy to get a sense of how the rapper Nas has seen himself over the years by noting his choice of album cover


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