New York is not only the birthplace of hip-hop culture, but the home of the first television program to broadcast rap videos. Video visionary Ralph McDaniels launched "Video Music Box" 30 years ago and now, three decades and a global phenomenon later, the hip-hop nation is ready to celebrate. Among ... More >>
Friday, February 15
Better than: Blogsplaining the obvious.
For me, the "Harlem Shake" dance craze--not to be confused with "Harlem Shake" or the actual Harlem shake--was one of those weird internet things (sort of like foreign policy decisions or what happened on la ... More >>
Back in the '80s, New York's downtown brought together lots of people, and, well, let's just let the official description of the file take over here: "Fragments of an aborted recording session at Battery Sound NYC in 1986 which brought together fledgling rapper Mark Sinclair--today better known as ... More >>
"The slogan is it's the 'Last Stop for Hip Hop," a Fat Beats employee told us last year. "But now it literally is. All the other ones closed down." From XXL now comes word that Fat Beats itself will do the same, shuttering both its New York and L.A. locations. (They'll continue on at fatbeats.com ... More >>
Ah! From the n 1 contributor (?!) and man who once brought you the famous Washington Post op-ed "Yes, Blame Hip-Hop," comes the book version, the insanely titled Losing My Cool: How A Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture, which, wow! 15,000 books! Let's type out some of the pre ... More >>