Jeff Chang

  • 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 14, 2012


    The AAWW evaluates 
multiculturalism (with YouTube)

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    DJ Premier: Kool Herc Needs Your Help

    ​Over the weekend DJ Premier, as authoritative a voice as you could ask for in a situation like this, raised the alarm re: Clive Campbell, a/k/a DJ Kool Herc, the guy with as good as claim to the Godfather of Hip-Hop title as anyone. Though details are scarce at the moment, evidently Herc's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    The Long and Ambivalent Genesis of "Waka Waka," the Cameroonian Military Theme Song Shakira Pilfered for Her World Cup Anthem

    Note the chanting. Ace critic Jeff Chang points us to the never-less-than-prescient blog of local freeform radio titans WFMU, where one intrepid writer traces the origins of "Waka Waka"--the song now famous for providing the base text for Shakira's official/abysmal World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Jeff Chang Serves Up The Backlash To The Backlash To The Roxanne Shante Story

    To recap: The Daily News said Roxanne Shante forced her record label to pay for her Ph.D. Slate refuted both her record label's involvement and the Ph.D., period. Now, the indomitable Jeff Chang refutes Slate's refutation, or at least calls out author Ben Sheffner's strong music-industry ties and ... More >>

  • pazzandjop

    January 30, 2007

    You Can't Compete With Babes

    A few unkind words for us with regards to Pazz & Jop's patriarch

  • Music

    January 9, 2007

    Slick Trouble

    The government's determination to deport old-school rapper Slick Rick knows no bounds

  • pazzandjop

    January 24, 2006

    Try Isn't Do

    Musical drugs and shared secret codes abort the utopic mission

  • pazzandjop

    January 24, 2006

    The Personals

    Falling in love for different reasons

  • News

    November 15, 2005

    The Source Under Fire

    Here's Your Guide to the Lawsuits, Criminal Charges, and Beefs

  • Music

    March 1, 2005

    Thug Radio

    Beef and bullets in rap's corporate ratings war

  • Music

    March 1, 2005


    Veterans look back at hip-hop's big-bang birth in the Bronx

  • Books

    February 8, 2005

    Can Flow Will Flow

    'Give them an apocalypse, and they would dance': Jeff Chang's monumental hip-hop history

  • NYC Life

    February 8, 2005

    NY Mirror

    Back to the beat: Taking classes from hip-hop's old school

  • Books

    January 22, 2002