Yesterday, November 11, rap pioneer Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson of the Sugarhill Gang died of cancer at the age of 56. Hank, Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, and Guy "Master G" O'Brien were the three rappers on rap's first and arguably most identifiable hit, "Rapper's Delight." While not the first c ... More >>
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 >>
Manhattan and the Museo salute their neighbor to the north
Last month, came news that the Wu Tang Clan's resident Genius, the GZA, is going to soon begin working with Columbia teacher Dr. Christopher Emdin and the website RapGenius to bring a better, hip-hop-based chemistry class to New York public schools. As cool as it is that GZA's taking this seriously ... More >>
Rolling Stone recently published a run-down of the top 50 hip-hop songs of all time. After consulting with a panel of 33 journalists, industry figures and artists (including professional rap encyclopedia ?uestlove and the remaining members of the Beastie Boys), the numbers were crunched and Grandmas ... More >>
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Rebel Diaz and friends host the first South by South Bronx
Last week, the new Gorillaz track "DoYaThing" dropped. It's longa full 13-minutes and some seconds of music, a lot of which involves Andre 3000 getting frenzied and inspired with that rapping thing he does so well. With "DoYaThing" and persistent talk about Outkast reunion rumors bedazzling u ... More >>
Slick Rick w/ DJ Brucie B Crotona Park Tuesday, July 12 Better than: Any other reunion, formal or not, that I've been to. When I crossed the Cross Bronx Expressway and arrived outside the makeshift stage that was about to support two of hip-hop's G.O.A.T.s, I realized I had arrived too late. No, ... More >>
Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>
Celebrating the language of hip-hop
"I don't think the true Sugar Hill Records story has ever been told because there's so much skull-duggery attached to it," says Keith Le Blanc, the one-time in-house drummer for Sugar Hill Records. The pioneering New York label, which brought hip-hop to the world's ears in 1979 with the Sugar ... More >>
The press mob. All photos by Eleni Rizakos.Raekwon's long-anticipated Only Built for Cuban Linx, Part II dropped yesterday with a release party graced by Ghostface, Method Man, Diddy, DJ Premiere, Redman, Eric B, Ice-T, and Cappadonna, among many, many others. The red carpet was purple, of co ... More >>
Hip-hop's first prominent Latino DJ offers a grisly but triumphant memoir
The seminal hip-hop film Wild Style turns 25
She is a world renowned sex therapist. She is a beloved figure across the City and the world. Dr. Ruth Westheimer is many, many things. But one thing she is not is a native of The Bronx. In fact, Dr. Ruth has never lived in The Bronx. But that’s not stopping organizers of this week’s Bronx Wee ... More >>
A party for the new LES bohemians
The exuberant wild style of Busy Bee still resonates three decades later
1977 New York gets the VH1 treatment and, oh my, wasn't it fun back then!
Why hip-hop ghostwriting is an art now, and an actually respectable one
Students Boycott Campus Dining Halls to Protest Prisons
Graffiti Campaign Demands 'No More Prisons'