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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Poetic of Gravediggaz: Rap's Unsung Genius

    It seems ever since Odd Future started to blow up in 2010, every person who feels the need to share their opinion on rap music has all of a sudden felt it pertinent to mention that they've "been down," "loved," and/or "grew up" on '90s horrorcore perfectionists Gravediggaz. Irritating as such namedr ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013

    MONSTER MASHUP

    Skip trick-or-treating for a show featuring three of rap's best

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    James Rosemond, Hip-Hop Manager Tied to Tupac Shooting, Gets Life Sentence for Drug Trafficking

    James Rosemond, the hip-hop manager who went by "Jimmy Henchman," is probably best known for his alleged involvement in the 1994 shooting that left Tupac Shakur robbed and bleeding in New York's Quad Studios. In his song Against All Odds, Shakur blamed Rosemond. In a controversial 2008 L.A. Times ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

    Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    They're Gonna Smash Run-DMC's Brains in

    Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Ad-Rock Hated "Faggots" and Other Beastie Boys Revelations Gleaned From Our Archives

    Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer ... More >>

  • Music

    September 25, 2013
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    September 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Souls Of Mischief Reminisce as From '93 to Infinity Turns 20

    It's been 20 years since Tajai introduced his counterparts Phesto, A Plus, and Opio (aka The Souls Of Mischief) one by one over the intro to "From 93 Till Infinity." Obviously, a lot of has changed since the days when Opio had dreads and Phesto was sporting that crisp Athletics' Starter jersey. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    RaptFM: Like Chatroulette, But Fueled by Hip-Hop and with Significantly Fewer Dicks

    You enter the room and they're already there. Some of the names you recognize: Randa the Rhyma (45 wins), Gig@ntic (48 wins), and Novice Raps (53 wins). You've checked the boards obsessively, but you've only ever been here before anonymously, as a guest. This is your first appearance in competition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Why Big Sean's Song "MILF" Isn't Funny

    Big Sean casually throws a skit in the middle of his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. It's called "Freaky" and borrows a portion of "The Sensuous Black Woman Meets the Sensuous Black Man"--an 18 minute audio Kama Sutra of sorts. Following the skit, Big Sean gives us a track called "MILF." We all know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle

    These days I enjoy making a living writing and teaching music, but at one point not too long ago my primary source of income was battle rapping. Yes, entering tournaments and spontaneously rhyming insulting someone over a beat was how I earned a living for a number of years. Tonight, September 16th, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Dissecting the Religiously Charged Subtext of Eminem's "Berzerk" Video

    The thin veil between life and death was ripped apart earlier this week with the release of Eminem's music video for "Berzerk." The highly anticipated visual debut for the first single from Marshall Mathers LP 2 (to be released November 5th) features old-school graphics, Detroit, and a pixilated "So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Cos and Effect: The Bill Cosby Hip-Hop Samples

    This Saturday, September 7th at the Westchester County Center, comedy legend Bill Cosby will be performing his time-tested classic brand of stand-up. From the stage to the television to on record, The Cos has touched several generations with his many comedic gifts. His impact is clear even on the hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Exclusive Premiere: YC The Cynic Drops a Video For "The Heaviest Cross"

    YC The Cynic released his excellent GNK album last week, and now we're proud to premiere the video to the storming "The Heaviest Cross." It's a track the Bronx-based rapper calls "one of the more introspective records on the album," and he describes visuals as "kinda like different rooms in this wei ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
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    August 27, 2013

    Feeling Nostalgic For Madden NFL's Delightfully Clunky Hip-Hop Moments

    Madden 25 comes out today, and you'd think it would have everything a dork who likes playing pretend football could want. The game's received positive reviews. There are new bells and whistles to try out. (Okay, basically, it has updated rosters.) And there's the opportunity to play online and lose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Why Macklemore's "Same Love" Isn't Very Helpful

    Macklemore has good intentions in his hit song "Same Love." They are intentions I won't bother rehashing or defending because you've heard the song blasted in every store, car, bus, boutique, and street-corner you've stood on for the past couple months--but they are also intentions that do not trans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Travi$ Scott and A$AP Ferg Rap on Top of Mike Dean's Piano for 'Boiler Room Live'

    Better Than: Watching rappers perform at ground level. Hip-hop doesn't usually do small, intimate "living room performances," but maybe that's because rappers haven't found the right living room. Last night, Travi$ Scott and A$AP Ferg took over producer Mike Dean's SoHo penthouse loft for the late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Uncommon NASA Is the Rod Sterling of Underground Hip-Hop

    Uncommon NASA is an MC, Label President, producer, engineer, and has worn pretty much every hat there is to wear in underground hip-hop over the past 15 years. In that time he's also been a pretty important part of some of the genre's classics including mixing Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and El-P's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Stalley's DJ Quik Produced Honest Cowboy Hits the Internet

    Cameron Giles is not the only rapper who used to get it in Ohio. Stalley, the Blue Collar Gang founder and Maybach Music Group member still puts on for the Double O despite having lived in New York for years now. Well, that's not entirely true. A more accurate way of putting it would be that he sti ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2013

    The Graying of Hip-Hop

    What happens to the youth-obsessed genre when its greats reach retirement?

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    20 Years and 20 Edits: Ka's The Night's Gambit Is NYC Rap At Its Finest

    One of the most famous scenes in the landmark television show The Wire takes place in the early part of the first season. Three characters--who at this point the first-time viewer is likely to think of as nothing more than drug dealers--sit around a chessboard as one teaches the others how the game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

    Every year it's a guarantee someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, it's not been true in much of 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's Yeezus and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Five Greatest Clean Versions of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

    Even though it's patently ridiculous, a clean version of A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems" exists. It's funny. And, like watching Die Hard on TBS ("Yippee ki-yay, mother trucker!"), listening to rap on the radio can be an interesting lesson on how to creatively scrub the dirty words. Over the years, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    U-God Explains His Relationship With RZA and the Rest of the Wu-Tang Clan

    U-God is not angry. And he wants everyone to know that. Since voicing his displeasure about the way things were to Meth back in the day in Russell's Simmons rock doc The Show we've all been under the impression he's disgruntled. A fairly recent lawsuit Mr. Lamont Jody Hawkins brought against Mr. Ro ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 17, 2013

    2 SHOWZ

    Jay-Z, J.T., and Lil Wayne headline a night of arena concerts

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Who's Worth Seeing at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival? EVERYONE!

    Today marks the start of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Entering its ninth year, it started at a time when the eyes of the hip-hop nation weren't as glued to the culture's birthplace as it once was, allowing the festival each subsequent year to remind the world why New York hip-hop is not only pivot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Talking BET Un:Cut With Some of the Legends of BET Un:Cut

    Tomorrow is America's 237th birthday, but it also has the unfortunate distinction of marking seven years since the demise of one of the finest series of music programming ever broadcast. BET Un:Cut was an hour block of hip-hop videos that aired at 3:00 a.m. ET that specialized in the racier side of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Joey Bada$$ on Summer Knights, and His Relationship With Jay-Z

    Joey Bada$$ is the face of new New York rap. The 18-year-old Brooklyn native flipped Internet fame into real-life buzz with his debut mixtape 1999 last year and became one of the city's most prodigious rhymers. His tender age belies his mature lyricism and Joey has already received cosigns from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    How Tipper Gore Helped the Geto Boys Popularize Southern Rap

    The same year the Berlin wall fell and signaled the creeping halt of the cold war, hip-hop group the Geto Boys released their second album with a revamped and newly galvanized lineup. The album, Grip It! On That Other Level, took the urban virtues of rap music and honed it on a diet of ultra violenc ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Let's Take a Look at Some of the Great Hip-Hop Being Overshadowed This Year By Ye and Jay

    Now that 2013 is nearly half-over, it's clear the year's two biggest hip-hop stories eclipsing everything else are Kanye West's album/baby/stunts and Jay-Z's sudden commercial announcement about his new album. While they are rightfully big news, some really great stuff--from impressive new-comers, p ... More >>

  • 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 HipHop.com, 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

    June 19, 2013

    What Artistic Movements Do These Rappers Exemplify?

    Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The Time LL Cool J Rapped as a Genetically Modified Shark

    Thursday night, veteran rhymesmith and mic controller LL Cool J leads the charge of hip-hop's all time greats, including Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, for a night of rap royalty at Roseland Ballroom. While Mr. Cool James has given us over 25 years of undisputed rap classics, he's also been ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 19, 2013
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    June 17, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/17/13

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Props to the Pops: A Father's Day Hip-Hop Playlist

    As you're probably aware, this Sunday is hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur's birthday. But you might not know it also happens to be Father's Day, the day of the year we set aside to give our Dads thanks for all the great Dad-stuff that they've done for us. While the hip-hop canon has largely dealt with over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Questlove Extras: Leftover Quotes and Anecdotes From This Week's Cover Story

    This week's cover story is an in-depth look at one of music's most talented and intelligent, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. It's a great longread, if we do say so ourselves. (Check it out). And it could've been much longer. As writer Jenna Sauers discovered, Quest is full of insight and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Questlove is the Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz, and He is Lonely Enough to Prove It

    Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is a man of many responsibilities. In the past six days, he's DJed five events, performed twice with his band, the Roots, taped four episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opened a restaurant that serves fried chicken he can't eat on his current diet, graded his studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Crash Crew Say the Bronx Gets All the Credit, But Rap Started in Harlem Too

    The story of Sugar Hill Records is regarded as one of the most pivotal legacies in hip-hop history. Headed by Sylvia Robinson, the label was home to "Rappers Delight" and "The Message," both named recently by Rolling Stone as the two greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded. Along with those behemoths, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

    Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Let These Rappers Teach in Our Public Schools

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Ralph McDaniels on 20 Years of Hot 97's Summer Jam and That Whole Nicki Minaj Thing

    This Sunday, MetLife stadium will hold the 2013 incarnation of what's become hip-hop's most reliably controversial night, the Hot 97 Summer Jam. The 20th annual Summer Jam, it's seen the genre's biggest stars perform and game-changing moments happen. One man whose seen just about every Summer Jam is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    French Montana's E-Cigarette Gives You A Peek Into the Soul of French Montana

    I like French Montana a lot. I love that his voice sounds kinda like Bob Dylan. I love that one time his publicist told me the dude actually speaks fluent French. I love that someone decided it was a good idea to make at least one portable electronic hookah featuring French Montana's name and album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Cam'ron on Camera: Cam's 5 Most Memorable On-Screen Moments

    Tonight at S.O.B.'s, one of Harlem's favorite sons, Cam'ron, takes the stage to remind us all why, for almost two decades, he's been one of hip-hop's most endearing personalities. But along with all of his quotable verses and unforgettable Cam-isms on record, he's given us some moments in front of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013

    Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    French Montana's Excuse My French Is Finally Here, Though It Almost Didn't Happen

    Moroccan-born, Bronx-raised rapper French Montana is at a photo shoot in Tompkins Square Park's basketball court. He's shooting the shit in fluent French with the photographer. A gaggle of scruffy teen skaters recognize him and look over as he saunters slowly—always slowly—about. See al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Statik Selektah on the Troll Power of Putting Mac Miller and Sean Price on the Same Song

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hi ... More >>

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