Heltah Skeltah

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    How Not to Run an Indie Rap Label

    Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    The Beatminerz Are Too Old to Dress Up For Halloween

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Twenty years ago, the Brooklyn hip-hop group Black Moon released an album titled Enta Da Stage. It was a project underscored with production from The Beatminerz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Big Rock Breaks Down His Porn Name and Mustache Game

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Big Rock (who you might also know as Rockness from Heltah Skeltah) has just signed a deal with the WAR Music label to release his solo debut long-player later th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Does Nas's New Album Prove That Life Is Good For Older Rappers?

    Something weird is going on in rap music; older rappers are as lost as Mitt Romney in a Dollar Tree. In a game dominated by the young, there doesn't seem to be much place for men of a certain age talking about clubs, bottles of alcohol and selling drugs, and the resulting soul-searching has yielded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Live: Black Moon Bring Enta Da Stage To Southpaw

    Black Moon Southpaw Wednesday, August 17 Better than: Funkmaster Flex's 2007 Fourth of July weekend '90s marathon mix. 1993 was a very good year for hip-hop. Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, Lords of the Underground, and the under-recognized Rumpletilskinz all made their debuts, while Cypress Hil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The Top Ten "Otis" Freestyles

    ​ In the run-up to yesterday's release of Watch The Throne, the project's first official single, the Otis Redding-sampling "Otis," was re-done and freestyled over by many a rapper. So to tide you over until the physical version of Watch The Throne (packaged with a bonus CD-ROM containing a vec ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 6, 2010


    CMJ kicks off with a hip-hop reunion

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    The Top Ten Rap Supergroups That Never Happened

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 11, 2008


    Can Studio B’s stage handle nearly all of Brooklyn’s hip-hop community?

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007
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    November 29, 2006
  • News

    January 2, 2001

    Daddy Under the Gun

    Publicly, Rap Mogul Won’t Beg; Quietly, He Pleads

  • Music

    September 15, 1998