In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.
Next week, Roc Marciano will release his exceptional new album, Reloaded. It's a fitting success for Roc Marcy, who used to count himself a part of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad ... More >>
Rap has always had a dividing line between the rapper and the guy that yells out things on stage because it's America, damn it. That man used to be the DJ, who'd spin records for the rapper and rap along to his verses to get the crowd hype. As the years went by and quality DJing became more rare, th ... More >>
Angie Martinez's Backyard BBQ
The Garden At Studio Square
Saturday, August 18
Better than: Getting lost coming home from Queens.
CBS sitcoms, Tom Wolfe and Republicans alike have all painted New York City as a noisy, grimy nightmare, a melting pot of sex and kvetching, guns and soupy hot dogs, wh ... More >>
Busta Rhymes will headline this year's 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with a performance down under the borough's namesake bridge on Saturday. With a stash of rap anthems that includes "Pass The Courvoisier," "Woo-Ha!! (Got You All In Check)," and "Hands Where My Eyes Can See," the big man's set is ... More >>
Waka Flocka Flame is the sort of of hip-hop artist who doesn't so much rap or flow as he shouts his ass off. It's a formula that imbues the Atlanta-based rapper's songs with a boisterous, visceral appealand one that he's looking to continue with the release of his second studio album, Triple ... More >>
If you don't like M.O.P., you probably don't really like rap musicor so the cliché goes. But there's something in the sentiment: For nearly two decades now, Billy Danze and Lil Fame have been putting out passionate, uncompromising rap music that's rooted in a resolutely east cost aesthetic. ... More >>
"Drummer Boy," another song from the forthcoming Justin Bieber Yuletide album Under The Mistletoe, has made its way online; a rework of the classic hymn "The Little Drummer Boy," it's been retrofitted with sharper drums and rap verses to make it sound like it could be dropped into top-40 stat ... More >>
Wednesday, August 31
Better than: bringing back that old New York rap.
"There are two rules for a Kendrick Lamar show. First rule: everybody put one hand up. Now everybody put two hands up." Those were Kendrick Lamar's instructions as he led us into his third song of the ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithJuvenile, pre-tantrum
The Gathering of the Juggalos is an annual four-day camping retreat for followers of Insane Clown Posse that's currently underway in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. Juggalos have a long tradition of throwing things at performers they hate, including Southern ... More >>
MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
Debuting during the golden year of '88, Yo! MTV Raps revolutionized TV coverage of hip-hop music. Of course, hip-hop videos existed long before Yo! launchedGrandmaster Fl ... More >>
At this weekend's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Q-Tip brought out a few guests (Black Thought, Busta Rhymes), and among them was Kanye West, who performed a couple of his own tracks, assisted Q-Tip on "Award Tour," and took a flying leap into the crowd. The camera weaving in and out of the lower-right ... More >>
Large Professor cuts an outside figure in the New York hip-hop scene these days. As a producer who also happens to rap in an endearingly economical manner, he's integral to any overview of hip-hop's storied golden era--he tutored under Paul C, contributed production input to Eric B & Rakim so ... More >>
When Curtis Granderson came to bat for the Yankees in the second inning of yesterday's home opener against Detroit, the crowd got a nasty shock: the stadium's speakers were blaring Rebecca Black's "Friday," a song so insipid it makes Justin Bieber sound like Lou Reed.
Granderson, too, seemed ba ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn duo Antimagic make cushiony, muted dance music for part-time avant-punks, a colorful scribble of viscous melody, darkly hued hooks, and beat-on-beat skitter. A tag-team of best friends and ... More >>
Oh, hey Q-Tip. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.On a sweltering Saturday, the seventh annual hip-hop nerd convention Rock The Bells took over Governor's Island. It's a place where people know to "throw a one in the air" for Guru before DJ Premier even asked, a place where you can overhear a convo ... More >>
CMJ released the final lineup to the 2009 edition of the annual trial that is their festival. Since last we checked in--back when they announced the very metal additions of Pig Destroyer and, wow, Eyehategod--YACHT, Ted Leo, Hercules and Love Affair, Kyp Malone's Rain Machine, and token rap s ... More >>
"You've got some fans that wanna stick up for me and say, 'Rae's still got it!' And you got some that say, 'Nah he'll never beat that album!'"
In the 5000 or so days since Raekwon released Only Built for Cuban Linx, long considered one of the greatest of all solo Wu-Tang albums, the Chef h ... More >>
Busta Rhymes and Ron Browz
B.B. King Blues Club
Star power does funny things to your eyes. Take last night's Busta Rhymes/Ron Browz show at B.B. King, for instance. I mistook Kool Herc for Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Richard Webber--an honest mistake considering that the four elements of hip-ho ... More >>
A week or so ago, Sean Fennessey somewhat mischievously asked "Does Busta Rhymes Have A Classic On The Way?", a question that was brilliant in the sense that the more you thought about it, to more it started to look like it might be true. Back on B.S. was actually going to be a good album--"album ... More >>
So the dream is that one day one of these New York rappers is going to completely give up on their commercial prospects and just release a record of guys going in on over minimal, ominous, head-knock insanity. Never in a million years would I think the guy to do it would be Busta Rhymes--and I sti ... More >>