Kelefa Sanneh


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  • 15 years ago

    OutKast is the first hip-hop act to notice that the old-school epithet "funky fresh" is an oxymoron—the shock of the new bearing a whiff of the old. That was the idea behind Stankonia, a de facto tribute album that was every bit as original a...

  • 16 years ago

    "I'm 'bout two seconds from saying, 'Fuck Joe Lieberman,' " Luther Campbell hollers into the phone from his home outside Miami. A quick disclaimer: "And it won't be no disrespect to Jewish people—I love Jewish people, they my friend. It's jus...

  • 16 years ago

    Everyone knows how the Wu-Tang Clan fucked up. After the dense, heady rush of their brilliant 1993 debut, the group went their separate ways, releasing a series of mostly excellent solo projects. When it came time to regroup for their sophomore al...

  • 17 years ago

    Time was, great hip-hop was self-evident. With few exceptions, the best rap albums of the '80s were also the most widely celebrated, and everybody knew a classic when they heard it. Then things got messy: The '90s saw the rise and fall of a bitter...

  • 17 years ago

    It sounds like a hoax: Schlitz beer helps finance a soul music concert to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots, and the director of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) makes a fiery black-nationalist movie about it. But...

  • 17 years ago

    My favorite TV show is BET's Comicview, the stand-up showcase that airs every night at nine. Punch lines are few and far between, and they're usually drowned out by a noisy audience that stays one step ahead of the comedians. So I tune in for the ...


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