Dean Van Nguyen is a music journalist and cultural critic based in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to PopMatters his work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Dubliner, Wax Poetics, AU, The Deli, Clash, AllHipHop.com and various others. He also the Founder, Editor and Publisher of One More Robot magazine, a Dublin-based pop culture print magazine. Twitter: @deanvannguyen
It was during the period between the Rodney King beating and subsequent court verdict that Ice Cube cut Death Certificate, a chilling glimpse into the anger and frustration South Central Los Angelinos were feeling.
After dealing with the critical praise and downfall of Interpol, Sam Fogarino hooked up with one of the key players in Secret Machines and, under the name of EmptyMansions, made something quite special, different, and even a bit unexpected ...
With his encyclopedic genre knowledge honed by time as a critic himself, Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) aims to put Canada on the hip-hop map via Hope in Dirt City, his innovative indie debut.
The Alchemist's latest run for solo recognition, Russian Roulette draws sounds and sound bites from various Russian-themed sources, with a particular affinity for how the old Soviet Union was portrayed in American pop culture.
Curtis Mayfield penned many of the songs that would become anthems for the civil rights movement. Later in life, however, he would face different challenges, as documented on his heroic 1996 album New World Order.