Hip-Hop Culture

  • Voice Choices

    August 6, 2014


    It’s not summer in Brooklyn without a block party

  • Voice Choices

    July 30, 2014


    Manhattan and the Museo salute their neighbor to the north

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Begin How You Think It Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time, and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The History of Rap's Oldest Cliche

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to unexplainably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Jean-Claude Van Damme's Finest Musical Moments

    If the world seems like an all around better place of late, it's because last week a new Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Welcome to the Jungle, was released on DVD. Yes, the sultan of splits is crescent-kicking back into our hearts with a new cinematic treasure, this time a comedy. (We hope that the ine ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 22, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    November 20, 2013

    Riot Rhythms

    Sleigh Bells Rock Terminal 5

  • Voice Choices

    November 20, 2013


    Sleigh Bells rock Terminal 5

  • Voice Choices

    November 13, 2013


    Country's preeminent party duo come to Manhattan

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013


    Not your average block party

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    World Star Hip-Hop's Founder Tells Us Which Videos Are Too Vulgar, Even For His Site

    By Nate Jackson Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create mogu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    EMP 2013: A Shadow of Its Former Self

    Better Than: Watching two full days of rock docs. 
 At the 12th annual EMP Pop Conference at Tisch School of the Arts on Friday afternoon, Princeton professor Alexandra Vazquez was presenting on Superstorm Sandy, remaining structures of colonialism, and Cuban-American salsa singer La Lupe, also k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown Have a Shot at Realizing Their Dreams -- with Kathy Griffin

    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. He ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 12, 2012


    Rebel Diaz and friends host the first South by South Bronx

  • Voice Choices

    June 27, 2012


    No sleep till Queens 
(by way of Manhattan)

  • Voice Choices

    April 25, 2012


    The Rub welcome you to 
their house party, party

  • Voice Choices

    December 28, 2011


    Class is in session 
at Brooklyn’s Southpaw

  • Voice Choices

    November 23, 2011


    Weren't the '70s the best?

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2011


    DMX may have seen this coming

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2010


    Pop the kickstand on your weekly art fix

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Listen to DJ Premier's Radio Tribute to His Fallen Gang Starr Partner Guru

    ​Though Mister Cee stepped up right away, it was always going to be Premier--who, after all, made all this music with Guru in the first place--who got the last word. You will not be surprised to hear how hurt and angry Premier is: from the opening loop of "Betrayal" to his harrowing account of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Here Is DJ Premier's Official Statement On The Death Of His Gang Starr Cohort, Guru

    ​This seems worth reprinting in full. Since the news of Guru's passing broke Tuesday, everyone's had their say, with many focusing on the still-unexplained extreme weirdness of the rapper's purported farewell letter, provided by his more recent collaborator, Solar, and very much open to debate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Download DJ Premiere's Bonkers Tribute Mix For Malcolm McLaren

    ​This right here is nuts. Starts off with interview footage of Mclaren recounting his chance meeting Afrika Bambaataa. Gets into the Sex Pistols, "Buffalo Gals," Bow Wow Wow, Yes, the Art of Noise, etc. etc. etc. Yes, Yes. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" just sounds different when Premiere plays it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Gang Starr's Guru Is In Recovery After Surgery

    According to his partner, DJ Premier, and to AllHipHop, who cite sources as saying "Guru is alive and recovering from his surgery. Doctors are expecting a full recovery luckily." It's probably too soon to start talking about silver linings but if you were so inclined, you might hope that the MC's ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 8, 2009


    Leave the shaking to the experts

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Bowery Ballroom Booker Johnny Beach Loves Oksana Baiul and the Jersey City Chili's

    This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Guitar Shredder and Best Gay Theater Fest. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Tony Johnny Beach, the booker for the Bowery Ballroom, has se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    I Miss Mr. Magic

    ​R.I.P. If you do not know who this guy is, start here, here, or here, or just go ahead and stab yourself. Listen to Premiere:

  • Voice Choices

    August 4, 2009


    A yo-yo is not just about Walking the Dog anymore

  • Music

    January 21, 2009

    Rappers for Obama, and Vice Versa

    Why Young Jeezy and his revitalized ilk owe our new president more than he owes them

  • Voice Choices

    September 23, 2008


    The French are in the 'hood

  • Voice Choices

    September 3, 2008


    Looking back on six decades of city life

  • Voice Choices

    August 5, 2008


    It’s all in the wrist

  • Voice Choices

    July 16, 2008


    Young band, young love, young crowd

  • Voice Choices

    May 6, 2008


    Learn all the right moves

  • Voice Choices

    March 11, 2008


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

  • Film

    May 8, 2007
  • Music

    October 17, 2006

    Conscience Rap

    In the wake of the Source trial, hip-hop staffers ponder their contribution to the culture

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2006
  • Dance

    December 27, 2005

    Classics at Generation Gap

    Downtown theater artists bend old plays to new purposes

  • Dance

    June 21, 2005
  • Dance

    November 16, 2004

    Old Smoothies and New Kinks

    A history lesson in a now international style; love boot camp from south of the border

  • Art

    January 20, 2004
  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Compa$$ionate Capitali$m

    Russell $immons wants to fatten the hip-hop vote—and maybe his wallet, too

  • News

    May 13, 2003

    Hiphop Takes Stock in 'Drop the Rock'

    Coalition Sets Deadline for Repealing Rockefeller Drug Laws

  • Books

    November 26, 2002
  • NYC Life

    August 20, 2002
  • NYC Life

    February 12, 2002
  • News

    January 9, 2001

    Taking the Rap

    Are Civil Rights Leaders Frontin’ for Hip Hop Gangstas?

  • News

    June 27, 2000

    Homeboys and Girls

    Sex Crimes of the Hip Hop Generation

  • Specials

    December 22, 1998
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