Better Than: Watching porn alone at home. The "WARNING: MATURE CONTENT" sign in Radio City Music Hall's lobby last night was there for a reason. "Fucking sexy New York," said Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, about halfway through the first of his two back-to-back all-ages shows at the venue. "If I ... More >>
What happens to the youth-obsessed genre when its greats reach retirement?
Imani Uzuri Joe's Pub Friday, June 1 Better Than: Being sad that Alice Coltrane and Cesaria Evora are dead and that Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill don't make albums together. The Gypsy Diaries is North Carolina homegirl Imani Uzuri's second self-produced release, and it proves that major-label suppor ... More >>
The holidays tend to bring a mass exodus from the city, but not everyone is leaving. In fact, some of our favorite DJs (and rappers) have chosen to come for a visit, giving us a full week of dance parties and awesome shows. We recommend that you take a night off from your holiday daze, grab a ... More >>
Last Tuesday night, Kanye West stood on a Bowery Ballroom stage and did the numbers: "To do an album right after the year that I had, and after all the 'Your career is over!' and 'Die, nigger, die!' and 'You'll never make music again!' And to come back and to do 100,000 the first day, digital alon ... More >>
Cover of Ali's The Truth is Here EP Of the many details that differentiate Brother Ali from your average rapper, it is important to note that after delving deep into the painful dissolution of his emotionally abusive marriage on his 2007 album The Undisputed Truth, Ali wraps things up by telling h ... More >>
Alicia Keys is still a few albums away from her masterpiece. She'll get there.
Doug E. Fresh leads a delighted Brooklyn crowd down a Frosted Flakefilled memory lane
Dazzling soul savior triumphs despite being painted with the crazy brush
When virtuosity serves spirituality, heavenly athletes break all records
This private eye will hunt down the vintage of your dreams
Long Island's original native tongues serve the grown-ups
Caught between underground should and overground can
For as it was not necessarily prophesied by Karl Rove and Stanley Crouch, so it shall be
Old dogs singin' slow songs and fairygodmotherfuckers for discerning dilettantes
The State of Black Theater in New York
Hip-Hop's Ur-Self Got Himself a War
Best Bets for Boozing in the Breeze
NARAS Sifts Through an Arty Bunch in a Don't-Miss Year
Targeting Silent Rappers: A Street Fight for Justice or Hip Hop McCarthyism?
Laps and Marco Polo in the Hip Hop Pool
Nervous Rhythms, Chopped-Up Language, Thumping Slapstick Pop
A new vanguard of rap activists takes to the streets
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