This Sunday at 3 p.m. at Central Park's Summerstage, Hip-Hop's 2nd oldest annual institution the Rock Steady Anniversary returns to New York. Not only does this mark the breaker/MC/DJ/etc. collective's 36th year together, but 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual free outdoor jam that's att ... More >>
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Pete Rock releases his collaborative project with the retro-tastic Camp Lo duo next week. Titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany's Part 2, the freebie download is inspi ... More >>
Today marks the start of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Entering its ninth year, it started at a time when the eyes of the hip-hop nation weren't as glued to the culture's birthplace as it once was, allowing the festival each subsequent year to remind the world why New York hip-hop is not only pivot ... More >>
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>
Whether or not Lil B is trolling the Internet, doing some sort of satirical performance art, or just having fun rapping about looking like Jesus Christ and Paris Hilton, there's no question that his knack for picking producers borders on mastery. That's mostly because he's managed to find beatsmiths ... More >>
It was all good for Lupe Fiasco just two albums ago. By 2008, the Chicago MC, co-signed by Jay-Z and brought on the Glow In The Dark Tour by Kanye West, had released two critically acclaimed albums, Food & Liquor and The Cool, and built on a reputation as a nimble lyricist with a political bent forg ... More >>
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
Mount Vernon-raised rapper Heavy D passed away yesterday. The artist, born Dwight Errington Myers, was found having problems breathing outside his home in Beverly Hills; he was taken to the emergency department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and died later in the afternoon. For many, Heavy D ... More >>
Willie Davis4Knots Music Festival: Dan Deacon, Yeasayer (DJ sets) Saturday, June 16 4Knots Indoor Lounge Better than: Going home and passing out. In my coverage of the 4Knots main stage, my "critical bias," as named at the bottom of these write-ups, has been fairly obviousalmost so o ... 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 >>
When rappers reference items they consume--whether Cristal, Clarks Wallabees, or chronic--listeners seek them out, either out of curiosity or a desire to be like their heroes. And thanks to hip-hop's tendency to occasionally serve as an educated, sound-advice-giving older sibling, those refer ... More >>
Dan Charnas' epic The Big Payback (New American Library/Penguin) retells the saga of hip-hop's rise from ghetto defense mechanism to global cultural powerhouse through the eyes of the businessman who sold it, first to America's kids, then to the corporate world. A former Source writer and the ... More >>
Yeah, it got a little crowded. Pics by Puja, more below.Fat Beats' Final In-Store Fat Beats Saturday, September 4 Hundreds of people stood outside underground hip-hop mecca Fat Beats Saturday evening, as the West Village spot closed down for good with a farewell in-store party featuring DJ P ... More >>
Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
De La Soul's Posdnuos, sweating it out. Photo by Palika.Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturday, July 10 Fully equipped with chicken skewers and beer, a DJ tent, live street-art exhibitions, custom-made jewelry, and graffiti-styled T-shirts and hats for sale, the 2010 Brookly ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
Who to insult, how, and why
An East Coast legend hits harder with horns than Uzis
Reminiscing on the SP-1200, the machine that defined New York hip-hop
Finally a chance to catch up on all those new bands. Well, maybe not bands exactly . . .
Ho ho hee hee ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful