Rolling Stone recently published a run-down of the top 50 hip-hop songs of all time. After consulting with a panel of 33 journalists, industry figures and artists (including professional rap encyclopedia ?uestlove and the remaining members of the Beastie Boys), the numbers were crunched and Grandmas ... More >>
Last night at recently reopened Greenhouse, Lil Wayne the rapper welcomed Lil Wayne the skater to the world via the premiere of DeWeezy. Maybe it's because he started rapping professionally at an age when most kids where still learning their multiplication tables, but Wayne has always seemed to have ... More >>
The good thing about family is you don't have to see them all the time to still feel the love when you do reconnect. Last year, Show & AG's hard-hitting "Show &A"the first joint venture from the Diggin' In The Crates members since 1998's Full Scaleshowed that the duo is reinvigorated a ... More >>
In October of 1983, Kool DJ Red Alert broadcast his first rap radio show on Kiss-FM. It would soon bloom into an essential listening session for hip-hop junkies, a jump-off point for upcoming artists, and a long-running part of New York City's musical soundtrack. So with Kiss closing its doors as we ... More >>
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 >>
Biz Markie is hip-hop's most brilliant buffoon. An adept beatboxer, endearingly entertaining rapper, and deliberately awful singer, Biz coined classics during hip-hop's late-'80s golden era and rolled with Marley Marl's almighty Juice Crew. Then he pulled his biggest prank: sampling and getti ... More >>
Tragedy Khadafi is one of the last of a dying breed. Lucky for us, he dies harder than Bruce Willis. Even at 14, he was putting out musicmost notably a song with DJ Hot Day called "Go Queensbridge" that caught the attention of Juice Crew leader Marley Marl, who put the young Tragedy down with ... More >>
"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 >>
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 >>
Schizophrenic rap oddballs come no more intriguing than Kool Keith. With a catalogue over 50 different personas and aliases--whether it be the kinky cape-wearing Spankmaster or the very familial John Clayborne Cousin of Jimmy Hicks--the Bronx-born Kool Keith leads the rap world in split-personalit ... More >>
Reggie Rock Bythewood's One Night in Vegas, airing on ESPN tonight as part of the network's "30 for 30" documentary series, shines a light on the little known friendship and many parallels between tortured souls Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur. The title of Bythewood's documentary is a reference ... More >>
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 >>
De La Soul's Posdnuos, sweating it out. Photo by Palika.Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, July 10
Fully equipped with chicken skewers and beer, a DJ tent, live street-art exhibitions, custom-made jewelry, and graffiti-styled T-shirts and hats for sale, the 2010 Brookly ... More >>
"For The Blueprint, Jay-Z literally just walked into the studio one day and was like, 'Anybody got some beats?'"
Kanye mourns, 1.30.10.Last Thursday, when producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith announced he was closing shop at Baseline Studios, longtime recording homebase for Roc-A-Fella Records ... More >>
The press mob. All photos by Eleni Rizakos.Raekwon's long-anticipated Only Built for Cuban Linx, Part II dropped yesterday with a release party graced by Ghostface, Method Man, Diddy, DJ Premiere, Redman, Eric B, Ice-T, and Cappadonna, among many, many others. The red carpet was purple, of co ... More >>
"You've got some fans that wanna stick up for me and say, 'Rae's still got it!' And you got some that say, 'Nah he'll never beat that album!'"
In the 5000 or so days since Raekwon released Only Built for Cuban Linx, long considered one of the greatest of all solo Wu-Tang albums, the Chef h ... More >>