Organized Konfusion

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Kanye West Rapping at Fat Beats in '96, and DJ Eclipse's Other Discoveries

    It's been four years since New York's treasured hip-hop mothership Fat Beats closed down its historic 6th Avenue location. But while the physical space may no longer contain rows upon rows of vinyl and hungry rappers freestyling for absolutely anyone, the store's legacy has found a new interest onli ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014
  • Music

    April 9, 2014

    Pharoahe Monch is the World's New Rap Therapist

    On his new album P.T.S.D., Monch comes to some sobering, uplifting truths

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Uncommon NASA Is the Rod Sterling of Underground Hip-Hop

    Uncommon NASA is an MC, Label President, producer, engineer, and has worn pretty much every hat there is to wear in underground hip-hop over the past 15 years. In that time he's also been a pretty important part of some of the genre's classics including mixing Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and El-P's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Five Best NYC Rap Albums That Never Happened

    This week, while we've taken a loving look back at the finest album-length offerings that the home of hip-hop has contributed to the genre, we're also reminded of the empty spaces in our record collections where masterpieces should sit. It's heartbreaking enough that rap in an album form didn't catc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Six Great '90s NYC Rap Demos

    "Please listen to my demo!" That particular plea may no longer be heard coming from plucky upcoming rappers, what with the Internet age and all, but there's an undeniable pull about getting to hear the industry-ears-only dusty tapes that begat some of hip-hop's finest album moments. This week sees t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Amy Winehouse's Top Ten Hip-Hop Collaborations

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Q&A: Pharoahe Monch On Growing Up in Queens, Twitter, Pizza, and Porn

    ​"A guy got shot in the head at a club and the brain pieces were on the mirror -- as I was running out I took a glance at it." Pharoahe Monch is talking about the most unfortunately explicit thing he saw growing up in the same Southside Jamaica, Queens neighborhood that 50 Cent would later myt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Remembering Fat Beats, The Best Record Store In Underground Hip-Hop History

    Gang Starr flanking Fat Beats owner Joseph Abajian, who unfortunately saw this coming​In 1997, Paul Rosenberg, the attorney of an aspiring rapper from Detroit calling himself Eminem, was walking along 6th Avenue in the West Village with ten copies of an independent 12-inch vinyl single titled ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2007

    Pharoahe Monch's Desire

    A long-delayed comeback lashes eloquently back at its delayers

  • News

    April 20, 2004

    A Fistful of Mighta Been

    How the Miramax of Music Soundbombed

  • Music

    April 3, 2001
  • Music

    November 9, 1999

    Mos Testifies, Monch Eats

    More Than One Way to Rawk a Funky Joint

  • Music

    August 10, 1999
  • Music

    June 15, 1999
  • Music

    June 8, 1999
  • Music

    March 2, 1999
  • Music

    October 20, 1998