Back in April of '06 walking Texas rap encyclopedia Matt Sonzala embarked on a cultural exchange program with New York fashion-icon-in-the-making/DJ Roxy Cottontail. Houston hip-hop was having a moment: Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Devin the Dude and more all burst out of the humid air in the Di ... More >>
Skream is one of dubsteps authority figures, someone whose forward-thinking has turned him from a bedroom beat-maker into a super-producer within the Brit-pop arena. After spending 10 years helping build one of the most influential sounds to come out of Great Britain, he has become the genre's poste ... More >>
The worst result of 21st-century technological advances, at least from a musical point of view, is the dual proliferation of DIY recording equipment and social media, allowing millions ofnotice the quotation marks"musicians" to flood inboxes, festival backpacks, Facebook timelines and ... More >>
Tuesday, July 17
Better than: Listening to Nastradamus.
"I don't even know how to start this shit..." lamented a young Nas right before presenting the most complete, most timeless rap album in historyand doing so his first time out of the gate. Illmatic was a lot to live u ... More >>
Something weird is going on in rap music; older rappers are as lost as Mitt Romney in a Dollar Tree. In a game dominated by the young, there doesn't seem to be much place for men of a certain age talking about clubs, bottles of alcohol and selling drugs, and the resulting soul-searching has yielded ... More >>
Rappers loved Amy Winehouse. The British warbler might not have collaborated with rap chaps to the extent that Mary J Blige has, but when she passed away earlier this year she did so leaving behind a discernible trail of hip-hop goodies. And the songs suggest there was a genuine bond and shar ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman?
Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>