VP Records is the Jamaica, Queens-based powerhouse of the international reggae scene. It owns and distributes a score of other labels including its longtime rival, Greensleeves. Founded by Vincent "Randy" Chin (who died in 2003) and his wife, Patriciachildren of Chinese immigrants to Jamaica ... 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 >>
New York's clang-on-an-anything all-stars Skeleton Key have finally returned with their first new music in seven years. They spent the '90s as unlikely major-label signees and released the sawblade-bashing industrial quirk-pop masterpiece Obtanium in 2004. Their new independent hustle surrounding th ... More >>
It is finally spring, y'all. Time to come out from behind your laptops and play in the warm weather.
The comedian/writer/rapper is on a collision course with stardom
Why are many of Jamaica's biggest acts now barred from entering the U.S.?
What the King of Pop left behind, and what he took with him
Black America's eulogies for the King of Pop also let us resurrect his best self
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Guy Trebay on the inscrutable and surgically air-brushed creature Jackson had become in 1987. It ran alongside a Greg Tate piece on the same subject. The Boy Can't Help It Guy Trebay September 22, 1987 There's no longer any question t ... More >>
Yes, our fair blog's most avid Summer Jam enthusiast is long gone. But Hot 97's annual fete/debacle raged on last night at Giants Stadium, and friend of SOTC/Vibe guru Sean Fennessey was there to bemusedly take it all in, including yes, Jay-Z's live debut of his Auto-Tune riposte and thrilling com ... More >>
Hot 97 brings nostalgia to Rastafarians
To bounce or to burn? A dancehall dilemma for Jamaica's dangerous days
R. Kelly gets a little too comfortable with his mysterious failure to come to trial
Just in time for summer, the Jamaican crossover pendulum swings consciously back
Sass, radical chic, and the inevitable emanation of shanty house theory, but is that enough?
Free speech, cultural sovereignty, and human rights clash in reggae dancehall homophobia debate
Record execs hoist soca as the island flavor of the season
Acclaimed metal bands keep living, searching, pushing on
So when are they gonna get Augustus Pablo and his melodica to cover an old Hooters hit?
Yuh bwoy! A night of coochie-popping, booty-shaking reggae takes over Radio City this May
The Augustus Pablo of the mainstream underground takes her private pleasures public
Jamaican dancehall has arrivedsecure in its identity, preposterous in its syncopation
Reggae dancehall's reigning brash and bold head-chopper-offer isn't afraid to be absurd
Rock en Español's Art-Gangstas Remain Hopefuland Silly (Except When They're Not)