11 days ago | Hip-Hop
Braggadocio is a rite of passage in hip-hop. While flexing on your haters is always crucial, it’s more so in the beginning, when it’s truly vital that you stake your claim in the game by creating your own hype and then believing the hell out of it...
2 months ago | Hip-Hop
Rap is a bit disoriented right now, and while 2015 began and ended with a bang, 2016 has been a blur. In 2015, you knew who to look for, and new artists were welcome — now, good luck catching up if you miss a day on Twitter. Our inboxes and...
3 months 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$AP Mob and Pro Era — it really did seem like the city had placed a moratorium on birthing new emcees. There ...
4 months ago | Hip-Hop
In rap, showing gratitude for the culture — especially if you’re from or based in New York — is a requirement that goes without saying. Whether you’re living in Flatbush, Astoria, or Spanish Harlem, the weight of those who came before you is every...
5 months ago | Hip-Hop
In New York, there’s a sizable disparity between rappers who have “made it” and rappers on the come-up, with very little middle ground. There are the recognized newcomers, A$AP Rocky and Joey Bada$$, who represent New York well, and whom everyone ...
6 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,...