Being raised in the largest public housing development in North America can be a serious mind fuck. Nas once said, as a child growing up there, he felt "Queensbridge is the whole world," because of the numerous languages spoken on the blocks it's 96 buildings occupy.
It was in this maze of crack ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.Sean Price is Twitter rap royalty. The Brooklyn-based M.C. is followed by your favorite rappers and his own timeline sparkles with a bunch of endearingly uncouth j ... More >>
No city in the world can assemble a musical motley crew of disorderly young gents like New York, although simply forming a quartet isn't enough. Wu Tang Clan, Boot Camp Clik, The Diplomatswe're talking wolf pack numbers.
The A$AP Mob's A$AP Rocky has been getting worldwide attention this ye ... More >>
Wiz Khalifa is in love with weed. The Pittsburgh-raised rapper has established himself as a hip-hop superstar by making songs that are largely hooked around getting high. While it's not all that a unique pastimethe likes of Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill ushered in the first great rush of weed r ... More >>
"Public access was a platform for the weirdest New Yorkers who had any sort of gumption to create," says Blockhead, a hip-hop producer whose new album on the Ninja Tune label, Interludes After Midnight, is named in homage to a late-night show on channel 35 that just so happened to be hooked around t ... More >>
Back in 2007, All Tomorrow's Parties and the Pitchfork Music Festival decided that getting GZA, the Wu-Tang Clan's resident rhyme scholar, to reenact his crime rhyme masterpiece Liquid Swords in full was a good idea. And it probably wasonce, maybe twice. But the third time removed the charm. ... More >>
Wednesday, August 17
Better than: Funkmaster Flex's 2007 Fourth of July weekend '90s marathon mix.
1993 was a very good year for hip-hop. Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, Lords of the Underground, and the under-recognized Rumpletilskinz all made their debuts, while Cypress Hil ... More >>
In the run-up to yesterday's release of Watch The Throne, the project's first official single, the Otis Redding-sampling "Otis," was re-done and freestyled over by many a rapper. So to tide you over until the physical version of Watch The Throne (packaged with a bonus CD-ROM containing a vec ... More >>
Blue Note's cover art: Also an inspiration. (Original on the left, homage on the right.)Hip-hop artists have never been shy about sampling songs from the vaults of the Blue Note jazz label, and few have pilfered with as much creativity and gusto as A Tribe Called Quest's one-time de facto lea ... More >>
Roc Marciano, leading the chargeLast year a small, underground pocket of NYC-based hip-hop found its voice again. With Roc Marciano's unimpeachable Marcberg album as the catalyst, a crew of loosely associated artists shook off that tired cliché about our city's commercial-outsider status and ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z's Lex Luger-produced "H.A.M." is a creative union of the two biggest currently recording rap stars in the world -- as the lead single to the duo's upcoming Watch the Throne project, it's a feisty statement of intent. But more importantly, it's a fresh edition to the canon ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Fuck chillwave. Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and producer !llmind have your tape-damaged nostalgia fix without any Peter Pan hysterics or lazy mush. Their full-length collaboration Live From The Tape Deck ... More >>
Titus Andronicus play Webster Hall during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneAh, the first day of CMJ: a moment of optimism, possibility, and prophecy. Even now every website and publication with any kind of music-related bent is scrambling to post guides and predictions, links to MySpac ... More >>
Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>
Fresh off their triumphant Tunnel Bangers countdown comes another Complex.com list celebrating the glory days of New York rap, this one focused on Boot Camp Clik, Brooklyn's eight-man mid-'90s supergroup. Rest assured Black Moon's "Who Got the Props" does very well. Writer Andrew Nosnitsky of ... More >>