2 days 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,...
16 days 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...
3 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...
5 months ago
5 months ago | Hip-Hop
Sitting against a white, digital backdrop is a 3D, violet and cerulean octahedron smeared with pink brush strokes. The octahedron is an aural manipulator: If you expand it, it adds reverb; if you move it with two fingers, it adds a repeated beat e...
6 months ago | Hip-Hop
In 2012, as the murmur surrounding Brooklyn-based hip-hop collective Pro Era started to build, the group's frontman, Joey Bada$$, made his debut with the mixtape 1999. To many, 1999 was a breath of fresh air, featuring the baby-faced Joey, then 17...