Dan Charnas

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Crash Crew Say the Bronx Gets All the Credit, But Rap Started in Harlem Too

    The story of Sugar Hill Records is regarded as one of the most pivotal legacies in hip-hop history. Headed by Sylvia Robinson, the label was home to "Rappers Delight" and "The Message," both named recently by Rolling Stone as the two greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded. Along with those behemoths, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2012

    Kiss-FM, RIP

    New York's urban radio pioneer goes dark after 30 years

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Kiss-FM, R.I.P.

    On Thursday Kiss-FM announced that after 30 years, it would stop broadcasting on 98.7 FM and join forces with WBLS, its longtime rival in the "adult urban contemporary" radio format in New York City. The stations will merge under the motto "One Family, One Station, Our Voice," with several Kiss-FM p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Q&A: Dan Charnas, Author Of The Big Payback: The History Of The Business Of Hip-Hop, On Industry Rule #4080, Hot 97, And Lyor Cohen's CD Collection

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Week In Review: Stop Looking At My Moms

    ​In the week we continued counting down the worst songs of 2010, noting atrocities from Susan Boyle, Liz Phair, Christina Aguilera, Jackyl, and NeverShoutNever, and Die Antwoord, we also began our overall year in review, listing the 10 biggest music stories of 2010, our 10 favorite concerts, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Behold The Musical Spoils Of The Brooklyn Book Festival

    ​Ah, the Brooklyn Book Festival, a five-year-old, free, all-day blowout of panels, readings, and extraordinary quasi-literary happenings, where you might see, say, Ian MacKaye complaining about people who say "just type it in" when they mean "Google it." (On a panel with Thurston Moore and Lup ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2005

    Simmons vs. Foxman

    Aiming at Farrakhan, ADL jabs at mogul as Million Man March sequel nears