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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: The Complete List

    Any list of the Greatest New York Rap Albums of All Time is, essentially, a list of simply the Greatest Rap Albums of All Time. The genre was invented here, after all, and over the years -- from early days to Golden Age and onward-- the city's hip-hop history has been an embarrassment of riches. Fas ... More >>

  • Music

    March 27, 2013

    Spring Arts Guide: The Once and Future Ratking

    The trio have been hailed as the saviors of New York rap, but they've set their sights higher

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: 10 - 1

    Any list of the Greatest New York Rap Albums of All Time is, essentially, a list of simply the Greatest Rap Albums of All Time. The genre was invented here, after all, and over the years -- from early days to Golden Age and onward-- the city's hip-hop history has been an embarrassment of riches. Fas ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013

    THE FUTURE

    Join Mykki Blanco's militia

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: 20 - 11

    Any list of the Greatest New York Rap Albums of All Time is, essentially, a list of simply the Greatest Rap Albums of All Time. The genre was invented here, after all, and over the years -- from early days to Golden Age and onward-- the city's hip-hop history has been an embarrassment of riches. Fas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    The Best Dipset Songs Ever

    Time flies especially when one of your aliases is "The Fly Boys." It's been 10 years since the Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and the rest of that "hooligan gang" the Diplomats (a collective of Harlem hustlers and goons) released their double disc effort, Diplomatic Immunity. Since then they've g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Rakim's Most Random and Confounding Appearances

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    DJ Whoo Kid Thinks Snoop Dogg Should Have Been the New Pope

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Last week DJ Whoo Kid helped launch the video for A$AP Ferg's new track "40 Below," which also appears on his SXSW Social mixtape. When not granting assists to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Papoose Turned Down Kanye West Beats To Release The Nacirema Dream

    Just under a decade ago, Papoose was going to save New York City hip-hop. Or at least that's how rap folklore likes to parse it, with Bed-Stuy's mixtape phenomenon Pap and upstate NY rapper Saigon being the hometown figures who were going to stop the Southern ascent and bring back virtuous street-co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Don't Compare 16-Year-Old Bishop Nehru To Joey Bada$$

    Hailing from upstate New York, 16-year-old rap tyke Bishop Nehru released his impressive Nehruvia mixtape last week (which you can stream below). Over 12 tracks, the project features Bishop (who named himself after 'Pac's character in Juice) dropping his buttery flow over instrumentals by MF Doom, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Big Daddy Kane Returns With a Full Band at the Blue Note Tonight

    For almost three decades, Brooklyn MC Big Daddy Kane has remained a fixture of "Greatest Rapper of All Time" conversations. From his iconic singles like "Raw" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'" to a live show that ranks -- even today -- among the most revered in the genre, his influence can be heard in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Jeremih's Late Nights: Like The Weeknd Without the Druggy and Pretentious Horseshit

    There's no way I should tell you to be on the lookout for Jeremih. Dude made "Birthday Sex." His last hit had 50 Cent on it, and that dude has eardrums made out of tin. Again, he made "Birthday Sex." That's one way of looking at it, at least. See also: Live: Jeremih Headlines Ladies Night At Webste ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013
  • Music

    February 27, 2013
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    February 21, 2013

    Why Hip-Hop Purists Should Learn To Stop Worrying and Love Waka Flocka

    Tonight, Queens-born / Georgia-raised MC Waka Flocka takes the stage at B.B. Kings as part of the Waka Flocka and Friends concert. Unfortunately, a vocal sect of hip-hop purists here in the culture's birthplace have been anywhere from hesitant to downright dismissive of Flocka's brand of raucous rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Sorry, But Kanye Is the GOAT

    Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." We really mean it. And, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Lil Wayne, Future, and the Ouroboros of Defensive Trendhumpery

    If you pay attention to the Rap Internet, you are probably up to your elbows in people slinging the term "Appropriation" around, mostly in the context of the Harlem Shake meme. Even more loosely, people have been talking about what the idea of "ownership" in hip-hop actually, like, means these days. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Bronx Rapper Tim Dog, RIP

    Yesterday, famously antagonistic Bronx-born rap artist Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died of a diabetic seizure at the age of 46. One of the most boisterously brash voices ever heard on a rap record, Tim Dog was the epitome of the hulking hip-hop bully archetype. Debuting in 1987 as the featured guest op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Maybe You Should Give British Rap A Chance?

    About fifteen million years ago on the Internet (a/k/a at the beginning of January of this year), my friend Skinny Friedman issued an errant tweet claiming something to the effect of, "Grime is going to be big in 2013." Though he was joking (I think?), that got me thinking. I can see where he's comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ten Rappers We'd Like To See on Reality TV

    So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Critics Need to Lay Off Macklemore

    The recently-crowned number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to shopping at thrift stores. I'm not sure exactly how the stars aligned and/or what Illuminati clerical error caused it to happen, but "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The 25 Best OutKast Songs of All Time

    Here's a hard truth that needs to be told and heard and understood: OutKast aren't getting back together. They just aren't. Stankonia, their last proper release as a bonafide duo, was 13 years ago. Andre is going to be Jimi Hendrix. Big Boi is making music with Phantogram and Wavves. They've moved o ... More >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2013

    Om'Mas Keith, The Chosen One

    The Queens-born hip-hop producer walks in to the Grammys a double-nominee

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Will Long.Live.A$AP Be the Biggest Houston Rap Album of 2013?

    [Ed. Note: The following post ran on the music blog of the Voice's sister publication Houston Press on Jan. 23. We rerun it here re: relevant to our interests.] By Nathan Smith There are a few things you should know about A$AP Rocky. He's a pretty motherfucker. His new album, Long.Live.A$AP, is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The A$AP Rocky Drinking Game

    This month buzzier-than-thou rapper A$AP Rocky released his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP. You may have heard. We've thought long and hard about the album, and want you to have the optimal Rocky listening experience. Among its tracks you'll find several tropes and repetitive aspects. A$AP Rocky ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2013

    A$AP Rocky Lights Up The City

    Harlem's crack-slinging bad boy cleans up, puts New York rap back on the map

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Pusha T on the Grammy Committee: "They Can't Deny Good Hip-Hop Anymore"

    Clipse's Pusha T raps a lot about drug dealing and the spoils that go with it. (His name is Pusha, after all.) You no doubt know that by now. It's why Pusha Ton is naming his upcoming album My Name Is My Name. But before that shipment arrives he's doling out samples in the form of his mixtape Wrath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Maybach Music Group's Rockie Fresh on Why He Chose Rick Ross Over Diddy and the Violence In His Hometown of Chicago

    Even though he wasn't born until the decade after Back to the Future came out, Rockie Fresh still rocks a DeLorean in his videos and even sports a pair of Nike Air Mags AKA the Marty McFlys. Fitting considering he acts much more maturely than his 21 years of age would have you believe. His rhymes a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 16, 2013

    Pazz & Jop: Riff Raff Is Keeping It Surreal

    He's believable as a hip-hop star because nothing he says is true

  • Music

    January 16, 2013

    Pazz & Jop: Kendrick Lamar, Finally Compton's Most Wanted

    It took quite some time for the rapper to become an overnight success

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Legend Of Snaggapuss: The Cult Bronx MC Who Rapped In A Cartoon Voice And Was Courted By Dr. Dre

    Snaggapuss ingratiated himself to the early-'90s New York City rap scene through a series of guest verses recited in a tone resembling Hanna-Barbera's pink cartoon lion Snagglepuss. As part of mixtape master Doo-Wop's Bounce Squad, Snagga was prepped to emerge as the break-out solo artist of the bun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Kanye You Once Loved Is Dead and Gone

    Well, thanks for getting Kim Kardashian knocked up, Kanye? Ever since the rapper announced from the stage that the world's most famous (and least talented) Armenian is now carrying his seed, everyone's on Kimye baby alert. To tell the truth, I'm starting to think that all the attention being paid t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Rap Songs That Sample Shuggie Otis

    Cult funkateer Shuggie Otis plays the Highline tonight. Despite his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and savvy singer-songwriter, Otis's career never quite went mainstream back in the '70s, but his legacy has been well served thanks to a judiciously reissued back catalogue and a series of rap types ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Five Great Nas Songs You May Have Missed

    Tonight, hip-hop legend Nas will be sitting down with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony Decurtis at the 92Y for a discussion on his lengthy, important and influential career. For over 20 years, Nas, with his innovative writing style and signature delivery, has contributed some of the most ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Juelz Santana on His New Album: "It's Time To Follow the Leader Again"

    A decade ago, Juelz Santana burst onto a rap scene that didn't know it needed him, rapping about trapping out of Harlem crack spots and moving weight for the goon demographic (and delusional, escapist hipsters too) but he also made pop friendly, sing-along raps for the MTV and the now defunct 106th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Jay-Z Coldplay = Play-Z: A Rundown of Other Oddball Mashups

    On New Year's Eve Brooklyn's Barclays Center will be alive with the monster double-bill of Coldplay and Jay-Z. Two titanic musical entities that have spent the past decade being the epicenter of their genres, their alignment for one night is sure to be a colossal way to bring in the new year. But de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Five Hip-Hop Albums We're Excited For in 2013

    The new year is right around the corner, and while we're sure you're squeezing every last bit of new music you can from the few remaining "Best of 2012" lists, it's important to look toward the future and keep in mind all of the great music still to come. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The Five Best Viral Christmas Songs of 2012

    If you evaluate your holiday season by the number of Christmas video clips you find on the Internet, then you would be hard-pressed to not consider winter 2012 among the best ever! From unexpected renditions of timeless classics to original tunes that are sure to become standards, there was no short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Harry Fraud's Top Five Procers This Year: "Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, Alchemist, and Alchemist"

    Harry Fraud has quickly risen as New York rap's go-to producer since helming French Montana's anthemic "New York Minute" featuring Jadakiss (and later, Nicki Minaj and ostensibly every rapper in the Tri-State Area) and "Shot Caller." He's also produced tracks for everyone from Action Bronson and Ric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Rolling Stone's Top 50 Rap Songs of All Time: Six Alternative Number One Picks

    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 >>

  • Music

    December 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    What the Not Jay and Ye Members of Roc-A-Fella Records Have Been Up To

    Tonight Gramercy Theater is hosting a Roc-A-Fella Records reunion concert. (Although, ummm, considering the notable absences, it seems maybe unauthorized.) It's been just over eight years since Jay-Z and Dame Dash split, ending one of the most influential and dominant labels in rap. While the long-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Five Rare Ghostface Killah Songs You've Never Heard

    Tonight, lauded Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah takes the stage at Webster Hall. Ghost has spent almost two decades being one of the most prolific MCs in the game. Unfortunately, many legal restrictions have kept some incredible work of his from seeing an official retail release. So, for the Ghostface ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    11 "Minor League Rappers" We Want To Hear on Hot 97

    Last week Hot 97 Program Director Ebro Darden offered a weak explanation about his stations narrow playlist and why they don't play up-and-coming locals, saying--in so many words--that artists not getting spins on the station simply aren't ready for them. They're too underground. They haven't worked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Maybach Difference: How Wale, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross Overcame Early Failure To Find Success

    With all the limitations facing today's music industry, it's rare that any artist gets a second chance. This is especially true in the ever-changing world of hip-hop where if an artist, especially on a major label, doesn't immediately finding an audience, they're soon shuffled back into the over-sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Five Dead Rappers We'd Love To Hear More From

    There are few things in the music business as puzzling as the post-mortem release, many of which are terrible grave-robbing cash-ins and awkward Reanimator-esqe collaborations. Still, with so many hyper-creative and prolifically productive hip-hop artists no longer with us, there are a few whose stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    "Old-School Three Times Over": Meet Afrika Bambaataa, Cornell Professor

    Afrika Bambaataa has been an unofficial professor of hip-hop for so long, it makes perfect sense that Cornell University would appoint the pioneering Bronx-born DJ and founder of the Universal Zulu Nation to a three-year term as a visiting scholar. "Wherever I go on the planet, I'm always teachin' ... More >>

  • Theater

    October 24, 2012
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    October 23, 2012

    An Oddisee Crash Course: From PG to NYC

    One of the most intriguing new voices in hip-hop, Maryland MC Oddisee has amassed one of the most loyal word-of-mouth grassroots fanbases in indie-rap today. Acclaimed for his work both behind the mic and behind the boards (he's produced for Talib Kweli, Freeway and Homeboy Sandman), what makes Oddi ... More >>

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