Kool G Rap

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    October 14, 2014

    Breaking Down Rap's Greatest Albums, Track by Track

    Ever wanted to hear your favorite rap artists break down their masterpieces track-by-track? You're about to get your wish as this week sees the release of Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique 2. Boasting over 20 track-by-track breakdowns of some of the greatest rap albums of all time, it looks t ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    How Not to Run an Indie Rap Label

    Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    "I Got That Weed": A Song For Our Times

    It's been a big month for marijuana-rights activists. Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize the drug for recreational use. And, perhaps more importantly, rapper Mighty Casey (of "BET Un:Cut" and "White Girls" fame) and his new band Knight Blade released "I Got That Weed." T ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Jingle Ball 2003: The Time A Simple Plan Was Billed Over Jay Z and Beyonce

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Necro Presents: The Unauthorized Biography of Kool G Rap

    This week Necro and Kool G Rap have unleashed their hardcore manifesto Once Upon A Crime on the world under the guise of The Godfathers. The project fuses gore-master general Necro's brutal beats and no-holds-barred rhymes with veteran New York City gangsta rapper Kool G Rap's still-furious flows. I ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Kool G Rap Reveals He Used To Sell Crack Out Of A Key Food Supermarket

    "Been through hard times, even worked part-time/ In a Key Food store, sweeping floors sometimes," rapped Kool G Rap back on 1989's golden era rap standard "Road to the Riches." So on a whim we asked Corona's gangsta rap godfather about the line. He obliged and regaled us with an anecdote that involv ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Six Rare Early Jay-Z Appearances

    Earlier this week, the archival department over at Rap Radar unearthed some 1989 public access TV-looking footage of a pre-fame Jay-Z freestyling with his mentor The Jaz over an instrumental of E.P.M.D.'s chunk 'o funk "So What Cha Sayin'." Ever one for a sense of occasion, Jigga decided to sport a ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Action Bronson on Mac Miller, Oxtail, and Why You Won't Ever See Him Wearing A Skirt

    Unquestionably New York's biggest do-no-wrong rap story of 2012 was Bronsalino, the Albanian Queens-native chef in which rap fans witnessed the face (well, cadence) of the blessed Tony Starks. Lobbing the early career peak Blue Chips onto the web for free and following it up with Rare Chandeliers fo ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Six Very Important Interactions Between Rappers And Dogs

    As part of this weekend's Catalpa Festival, Snoop Dogg will slouch around Randall's Island to perform his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety. With the Doggfather being somewhat obsessed with all things canine, SOTC decided it was fine time to shed light on hip-hop's infatuation with dogs. But ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    The Top Five Queens Rap Anthems (As Chosen By Hip-Hop Artists)

    Talk of patriotism might be all up in the BBQ-scented air at this time of year, but rap artists are equally as proud of their local roots, not least when it comes to the great masses who hail from Queens. With the Q-Boro having provided perhaps more great rappers than any other section of New York C ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2012

    Large Professor, Bigger Than Life

    The legend continues with Professor @ Large

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    December 20, 2011

    People Who Died 2011: The Year In Obituaries

    Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. ​In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.

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    November 22, 2011

    M.O.P.'s Five Favorite Collaborations

    If you don't like M.O.P., you probably don't really like rap music—or so the cliché goes. But there's something in the sentiment: For nearly two decades now, Billy Danze and Lil Fame have been putting out passionate, uncompromising rap music that's rooted in a resolutely east cost aesthetic. ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Heavy D, R.I.P.

    ​Mount Vernon-raised rapper Heavy D passed away yesterday. The artist, born Dwight Errington Myers, was found having problems breathing outside his home in Beverly Hills; he was taken to the emergency department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and died later in the afternoon. For many, Heavy D ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Otis Redding Samples

    ​"Otis" fever is in full effect, thanks to the Otis Redding-sampling song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-ballyhooed Watch The Throne project leaking Wednesday night. The track's production, based around a slick chop of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," might be the most impressive thing a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Blue Note Records' Ten Best Sample Sources

    Blue Note's cover art: Also an inspiration. (Original on the left, homage on the right.)​Hip-hop artists have never been shy about sampling songs from the vaults of the Blue Note jazz label, and few have pilfered with as much creativity and gusto as A Tribe Called Quest's one-time de facto lea ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Ten Hip-Hop Covers Of Rap Songs

    ​Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    The Ten Best Hometown Productions By Large Professor

    ​Large Professor cuts an outside figure in the New York hip-hop scene these days. As a producer who also happens to rap in an endearingly economical manner, he's integral to any overview of hip-hop's storied golden era--he tutored under Paul C, contributed production input to Eric B & Rakim so ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Prodigy Prison Rants, Starring Obama, Jay-Z, Napoleon, Corny Backpack Rappers, And Demonic Owls

    Pic by Chad Griffith​Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy was released from prison yesterday after serving three and a half years on a gun-possession charge. During that time, the voluble emcee used his Internet access and old-school pen-and-paper interview privileges to hip the world to his theories on s ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Top Five Young, Hometown-Obsessed New York City Rappers

    Roc Marciano, leading the charge​Last year a small, underground pocket of NYC-based hip-hop found its voice again. With Roc Marciano's unimpeachable Marcberg album as the catalyst, a crew of loosely associated artists shook off that tired cliché about our city's commercial-outsider status and ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2010

    Group Home Reminisce Over Guru

    The veteran rap duo pay tribute to their late mentor

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    August 24, 2010

    Ten Pioneering Pieces Of Hip-Hop Street Art

    Jean-Michel Basquiat, Triple Self Portrait. All images courtesy the Eric Firestone Gallery.​Street art has enjoyed a steady resurgence in rap over the last few years, with Kanye West and the Clipse jostling to let KAWS design their album and magazine covers, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes appearing ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The Ten Most Exploitative Posthumous Rap Projects

    ​Being a dead rap artist isn't much fun. Whether The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, or J Dilla, death has never seemed to do much to alleviate the constant pressure on artists to muster up new recordings to satisfy the bulging posthumous rap retail market. (In the hip-hop world, possessing a heart t ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Live: The Roots Regale The Teeming Prospect Park Masses With -- And Why Not -- "Sweet Child O' Mine"

    ​Black Thought greets his (overflowing) public. Photos by Nicole Ankowski, more below.​The Roots and friends Prospect Park Bandshell Sunday, July 11 Welcome to another preposterously well-attended Celebrate Brooklyn! fete, David Byrne-ian in its excess of humanity, thousands upon thousa ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Pusha T Presents: A Clipse Guide to New York City

    Pusha T at the Highline Ballroom last year. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​The Clipse make coke rap cut straight out of Virginia. But Pharrell's favorite rapping brothers, Malice and Pusha T, have a discernible New York streak running through their rhymes. Which is no surprise given that they were b ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2009

    R.A. the Rugged Man Abides

    An uncouth Long Island rapper battles labels, homelessness, and (maybe) STDs

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    April 29, 2009

    Booker T. Jones, Man at Work

    The indomitable MG finally embraces his inner surly rock star

  • Music

    April 15, 2009

    The Diss-Track Family Tree

    Who to insult, how, and why

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    May 10, 2008
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    March 4, 2008
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    January 16, 2008
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    January 8, 2008
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    November 16, 2007
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    August 21, 2007

    Jurassic Park

    Old-timers want attention, need better songs

  • Music

    August 7, 2007

    UGK's Underground Kingz

    Overdue Southern comfort

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    June 19, 2007
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    July 6, 2006
  • People

    May 23, 2006

    Feeding the Root

    Talking with Large Professor, premier hip-hop producer

  • Music

    April 26, 2005

    Time to Play B Sides

    Undie rappers spin hip-hop from 17 years ago on its head

  • Music

    July 13, 2004

    Off Balance

    Illadelphians lose their cultural momentum, maybe even tipping in the wrong direction

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    January 1, 2002
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    January 1, 2002
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    February 6, 2001
  • News

    July 4, 2000

    Call and Response

    Targeting Silent Rappers: A Street Fight for Justice or Hip Hop McCarthyism?

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    May 23, 2000
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    September 21, 1999
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    August 31, 1999

    It's Nation Time. Again.

    A new vanguard of rap activists takes to the streets

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