Erik Parker

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Source 360 at BAM: A Guide

    This year, rap publication The Source celebrates its 25th birthday. Considered by many to be "the hip-hop Bible," the publication has been a cornerstone of the hip-hop culture, impacting everything from breaking new artists, to making "5 Mics," the coveted highest honors the magazine awards an album ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Time Is Illmatic: New Doc Goes Behind the Scenes of Hip-Hop's Greatest Album

    Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2013

    Invasion Of The Charter Schools

    Former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, with Bloomberg's union-busting blessing, is pushing her Success Academy edu-franchise into Brooklyn. The natives aren't buying.

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    April 29, 2009
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    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Rick Ross Now Just Baldly Conducting a Funeral for 50 Cent, Who's Not Dead

    The newest chapter of an ever more biblical 50 Cent Vs. Rick Ross battle, assiduously chronicled in great depth last week by Erik Parker? Acting out your enemy's funeral, complete with sobering exterior shots of "Jay's Funeral Home," a fake pastor, whole elegant wreaths of flowers, a sepia-toned por ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    This Week's Voice: Superdrag, Rap Beef, Juan MacLean, State of Play, Guy Maddin, 'Younger Than Jesus', and More

    In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on Superdrag's snarling, ferocious comeback, spiritual awakening notwithstanding. Erik Parker on rap battles, circa 2009, starring 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Plus Ben Detrick comes through with a particularly formidable catalog of spectacular rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2007

    Girls to Men

    Young lesbians in Brooklyn find that a thug's life gets them more women

  • Art

    February 22, 2005

    System Overload

    Transforming the junk pile of culture into something ominous, investigative, and visionary

  • Art

    September 9, 2003

    Babylon Rising

    Looking Ahead to the New Season, Our Critic Finds Plenty of Reasons to Be Cheerful

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    January 8, 2002
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    March 7, 2000
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    July 6, 1999