Editor's note: Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D regularly answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press.
Dear Willie D,
I loaned my cousin $500 more than six months ago. She promised to pay me back when she got paid two weeks from the time I gave her the money, but to th ... More >>
Editor's note: Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press.
Dear Willie D,
I am a female working at the same computer-repair company for three years with a guy who has the most awful breath ever. I do everything in my power to not get t ... More >>
This Thursday night, the man who set the standard for greatness in rap, Rakim, takes the stage for a show with Wu-Tang member Raekwon at Stage 48. It's a rare event that fans get to see Rakim as, even in this era of 24/7 social media, he's remained one of the few artists in hip-hop to maintain an au ... More >>
A heartfelt collection of our favorite music stories of the week, as picked by Voice music writers, including a special Valentine's Day meeting between A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and ... Kathy Griffin, perhaps best known to the two rappers as the old nurse from Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" video.
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On August 14, Insane Clown Posse will deliver their 12th studio album, The Mighty Death Pop! The last time Detroit's finest punching bags released a full-length original album, September 2009's Bang! Pow! Boom!, they gave the world "Miracles," an unintentionally hilarious viral-video ode to giraffes ... More >>
Throw your dubs up, this year's Juggomercial has finally arrived. It's 23 minutes long, confirms most of the performers we mentioned on Friday, and casts the Gathering of the Juggalos as the one remaining safe haven from the "sell-out zombies" who dominate the mainstream. "Freedom still exists here ... More >>
If the Internet meme machine has seemed a little slow this summer, it's probably because the Gathering of the Juggalos is less than a month away and Insane Clown Posse's industrious label, Psychopathic Records, has yet to release 2012's endlessly watchable Juggomercial. That's already more than a mo ... More >>
Though artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Baby Huey spoke on police corruption, it wasn't until the dawn of the rap era that the message in the music began to convey the anger and frustration of people who had been systematically disenfranchised and brutalized since the United States was ... More >>
It's been a big year or so for Big K.R.I.T. Shortly after signing with Def Jam last June, he was booed off the stage at the Highline Ballroom; later in 2010 the Mississipi-bred MC hit the road on the Smoker's Club Tour (with Curren$y and Mac Miller) and the Wake And Bake Tour (with Wiz Khali ... More >>
Tonight, Voice contributor and hip-hop sommelier Ben Westhoff will read from Dirty South, his look at the populist rise of rap music from the southern states, at Williamsburg's Book Thug Nation. The book focuses on the bigger names to have emerged from the south, with chapters based around Bi ... More >>
Also-beloved friend-of-SOTC Ben Westhoff's new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, will be available on May 1st from Chicago Review Press. This excerpt focuses on Southern pioneers Geto Boys and particularly beloved rapper Scarfa ... More >>
Kid Cudi, going all out for Converse.Sneakers have long been hip-hop's footwear of choice. The links between the artists making the music and the companies behind the kicks are now totally intermingled, from top-end exclusive lines like Jay-Z's limited-to-five-pairs all-black Air Force 1s (de ... More >>
"I've met RZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface. They were cool, man, but it was a lot of cursing!""I'm sitting in the house now that was built with the Wu-Tang money," says Syl Johnson from his home base on Chicago's South Side. Johnson began his career working under blues folklore heroes Howlin' Wolf ... More >>
Cover of Ali's The Truth is Here EP
Of the many details that differentiate Brother Ali from your average rapper, it is important to note that after delving deep into the painful dissolution of his emotionally abusive marriage on his 2007 album The Undisputed Truth, Ali wraps things up by telling h ... More >>
Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>