Joe Smith

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Noise Tracks of 2012

    When noise began to co-opt my listening preferences a decade ago, my primary complaints with the genre mirrored my primary complaints with hip-hop: a dearth of promos and advance notice, and a general reticence on the part of label chieftains to keep lines of communication open with the music press. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Greatest Sneaker Songs

    Kid Cudi, going all out for Converse.​Sneakers have long been hip-hop's footwear of choice. The links between the artists making the music and the companies behind the kicks are now totally intermingled, from top-end exclusive lines like Jay-Z's limited-to-five-pairs all-black Air Force 1s (de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Spit on a Bus Driver and You're Really Just Doing Him a Favor

    ​Today the New York Post alerts us to a bizarre aspect of the MTA contract with the union. Due to the broad (we suppose) definition of "assault," bus drivers who suffer the indignity of being spat upon can take an average of two months off. Each spitting encounter leads to more allotted time o ... More >>

  • People

    October 28, 2003
  • News

    July 4, 2000

    Hoop it Up

    Another Slammin' Summer Kicks Off at that Playground Paradise, Rucker Park