1 month ago | Rap
No one could ever forget that New York is the birthplace of hip-hop, but for the last few years — despite the growing prominence of A$AP Mob and Pro Era — it really did seem like the city had placed a moratorium on birthing new emcees. There ...
2 months ago | Hip-Hop
In rap, showing gratitude for the culture — especially if you’re from or based in New York — is a requirement that goes without saying. Whether you’re living in Flatbush, Astoria, or Spanish Harlem, the weight of those who came before you is every...
3 months ago | Hip-Hop
In New York, there’s a sizable disparity between rappers who have “made it” and rappers on the come-up, with very little middle ground. There are the recognized newcomers, A$AP Rocky and Joey Bada$$, who represent New York well, and whom everyone ...
4 months ago | Rap
The Village Voice has covered hip-hop since 1979, when the paper first reported on graffiti artist FAB 5 FREDDY. In 1982, our writer Steven Hager was the first to use the term "hip-hop " in a major article, "Afrika Bambaataa's Hip-Hop." Back then,...
4 months ago | Indie
The video opens with a drawing of an Indian woman, and Zain Alam sitting on a grass-covered hexagon in the middle of a white room, wearing all white and surrounded by bright green foliage. First he’s alone, and then two girls — also dressed in whi...
7 months ago | Hip-Hop
The napkins are marked with red roses, and the far back wall is adorned with traditional vermillion Chinese lanterns and New Year decorations. The tables and chairs are stained a cherry wood; Indian music softly plays over the speakers. We’re...