The word dub was vibrant and respectable in its younger days but took a left turn in its thirties into some very dodgy areas. Fast forward to 2012 and one can see its lifeless corpse being paraded around town and affixed to any genre in sight, like an unlucky soldier in a candy colored war zone. Let ... More >>
VP Records is the Jamaica, Queens-based powerhouse of the international reggae scene. It owns and distributes a score of other labels including its longtime rival, Greensleeves. Founded by Vincent "Randy" Chin (who died in 2003) and his wife, Patriciachildren of Chinese immigrants to Jamaica ... More >>
Not very many hours after Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z commemorated the occasion in song. "Glory" sounds humbled and relieved, and soft enough to bear some marks; at certain points, Jay's voice almost seems to quaver. He goes from revealing a past miscarriage to shari ... More >>
via On-U SoundBeware of unearthly echoes, gut-thwomping bass bombs, and gaping holes in the sonic fundament when the Dub Invasion Festival hits town this week. Produced by Brooklyn's Sound Liberation Front and the Subatomic Sound label, the 10-day event begins Thursday with a master class pre ... More >>
MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
Back when he was a music-obsessed teenager growing up on Long Island, and long before he started the influential music website Stereogum, Scott Lapatine never missed an episode o ... More >>