Jesse Serwer

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  • 4 years ago

    With his spindly six-foot-four frame and self-estimated $10,000-a-month weed habit, Wiz Khalifa invites easy comparisons to Snoop Dogg. The upstart Pittsburgh rapper, who is reportedly starring alongside Snoop in a Cheech & Chong–style buddy...

  • 4 years ago

    In the annals of college radio, few programs had a more substantial impact than The Stretch Armstrong Show, or, as it's more commonly known, "The Stretch & Bobbito Show." DJ Adrian "Stretch Armstrong" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia's hip-hop b...

  • 5 years ago | Dan Charnas

    Dan Charnas' epic The Big Payback (New American Library/Penguin) retells the saga of hip-hop's rise from ghetto defense mechanism to global cultural powerhouse through the eyes of the businessman who sold it, first to America's kids, then to the c...

  • 5 years ago | Concert Reviews

    The Diplomats Hammerstein Ballroom Friday, November 27 Better Than: Byrd Gang, Skull Gang, Purple City, U.N., Dipset West It seems a little silly, really, this Dipset revival. When times grew lean for the Cam'ron-led crew a few years back, the sup...

  • 5 years ago

    On Friday night, early-aughts Harlem rap conglomerate the Diplomats—Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, and various B-teamers—will assemble at Hammerstein Ballroom for their first full concert since reforming this summer....

  • 5 years ago

    "I still feel like I'm 25," a svelte Greg Nice, two days removed from a master cleanse, tells me over wings and red wine at the South Street Seaport Pizzeria Uno. Actually, it's his rap career that's at the quarter-century mark. Originally a beatb...