Queensbridge (New York)

  • Film

    October 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Six Songs About NYC That Make People Hate NYC

    There have been thousands, maybe millions, of songs written about New York City. You'll receive no argument from me that it's a special, special place. It's captured the imagination of imaginative young people around the world, and is responsible for something like a quarter of all the quintessentia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Fantastic Five: The Legacy Of The Wild Style Breakbeats

    When the movie Wild Style was released in 1981, it helped spread the culture of hip-hop across the world. But while Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy's flick has become a cornerstone of hip-hop history, the story of the breaks that were used in the movie has been shrouded in mystery. Instead of callin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Time Is Illmatic: New Doc Goes Behind the Scenes of Hip-Hop's Greatest Album

    Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    WIN TICKETS to See NAS at Citi Field!

    This summer has been a weird season for rap. Kanye fell short of ascending to heaven withYeezus. Jay-Z's attempt to transcribe the Illuminati Handbook ended up being a Magna Carta Holy Fail (YUK YUK). J. Cole ranted on Twitter about no one paying attention to him because not Ye or Jay. But luckily f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Nas, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Miguel More - Capitale - 4/30/13

    Better Than: Farmville "Why am I here?" That's the refrain that kept running through my head as I walked into Capitale on the Bowery last night, where Nas, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Elle Varner and a whole host of hip-hop and R&B artists emerged to celebrate the launch of Gig-IT, a new performance-based Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: The Complete List

    Any list of the Greatest New York Rap Albums of All Time is, essentially, a list of simply the Greatest Rap Albums of All Time. The genre was invented here, after all, and over the years -- from early days to Golden Age and onward-- the city's hip-hop history has been an embarrassment of riches. Fas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: 10 - 1

    Any list of the Greatest New York Rap Albums of All Time is, essentially, a list of simply the Greatest Rap Albums of All Time. The genre was invented here, after all, and over the years -- from early days to Golden Age and onward-- the city's hip-hop history has been an embarrassment of riches. Fas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Cormega Reunites With Large Professor, Readies New Album, Speaks Hard Truths

    Being raised in the largest public housing development in North America can be a serious mind fuck. Nas once said, as a child growing up there, he felt "Queensbridge is the whole world," because of the numerous languages spoken on the blocks it's 96 buildings occupy. It was in this maze of crack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Rap Songs That Sample Shuggie Otis

    Cult funkateer Shuggie Otis plays the Highline tonight. Despite his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and savvy singer-songwriter, Otis's career never quite went mainstream back in the '70s, but his legacy has been well served thanks to a judiciously reissued back catalogue and a series of rap types ... 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

    March 22, 2012

    Blondie (12) And Nas (4) Tangle In SOTC's March Madness

    Last round, Blondie safely navigated past Hollis, Queens icons Run-DMC and the trio's aggressive, raw rap sound. This time, the Debbie Harry-fronted new wave ensemble faces off against Nas, hip-hop's one-time prodigal son turned full-time Bill O'Reilly antagonizer. Will the quasi-rap stylings of Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Six New York Acts That The Mets Should Consider For Future Post-Game Concerts

    As the baseball season nears, the announcements of the season's schedule of promotions steadily increases, and over the weekend the Mets announced that for their 50th anniversary they'd be throwing a three-show postgame concert series in 2012. The lineup: the hesher-pop outfit REO Speedwagon (June 1 ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 9, 2011
  • Film

    November 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Q&A: Tragedy Khadafi On Growing Up In Queensbridge, How Jail Has Changed, And Reaching The Kids In The Projects

    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 music—most 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz: How Deep Is Your Mobb Deep Knowledge?

    ​Queens rap legend Prodigy of Mobb Deep is officially out of jail after three long years, and we have a pretty authoritative feature about his last days in the bing. Our own Laura Checkoway (who co-wrote his autobiography My Infamous Life, due this month via Touchstone Books) gets closer than ... More >>

  • Music

    April 13, 2011

    Prodigy Speaks Freely

    The Mobb Deep MC is out of jail and ready to look back on his life

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top Ten Greatest Rap-Acronym Anthems

    ​Kanye West and Jay-Z's Lex Luger-produced "H.A.M." is a creative union of the two biggest currently recording rap stars in the world -- as the lead single to the duo's upcoming Watch the Throne project, it's a feisty statement of intent. But more importantly, it's a fresh edition to the canon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Hip-Hop's Top Ten Greatest Sneaker Songs

    Kid Cudi, going all out for Converse.​Sneakers have long been hip-hop's footwear of choice. The links between the artists making the music and the companies behind the kicks are now totally intermingled, from top-end exclusive lines like Jay-Z's limited-to-five-pairs all-black Air Force 1s (de ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Q&A: California Rapper Fashawn on Remaking Illmatic, Nas's 1994 East Coast Classic

    "All the shit Nas was experiencing as a 21-year-old in 1994, I'm experiencing that shit now as a 21-year-old in 2010." ​In 1994, a 21-year-old Queensbridge resident calling himself Nas made a svelte, ten-track album that he titled Illmatic. Over beats concocted by a dream team of New York pro ... More >>

  • Music

    May 18, 2010

    Back to 'Africa' With Nas and Damian Marley

    Why the blockbuster collusion of Distant Relatives feels so . . . distant

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Cops Nab 59 in Queensbridge Drug Sweep

    Back in 1940, the New York Times celebrated the completion of the first big move-in at the Queensbridge Apartments, which they said were the "last word in modern living quarters and have auxiliary units designed to protect the health and meet the requirements of the 3,161 families living there." Tod ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2008

    Prodigy’s 25th Hour

    A Queens rap icon scrambles to prepare for life on the inside

  • Music

    May 23, 2006

    All Money, No Blood

    Mobb Deep cashes in and craps out

  • News

    August 24, 2004

    New Yorkers to Bush: Listen Up!

    You're talking to the president. What would you tell him?

  • News

    June 3, 2003

    Keepin' It Unreal

    $elling the Myth of Bla¢k Male Violen¢e, Long Past Its Expiration Date

  • Music

    July 16, 2002


    Hip-Hop's Ur-Self Got Himself a War

  • NYC Life

    July 9, 2002
  • Music

    January 15, 2002
  • News

    December 19, 2000

    ‘Urban’ Legend

    The Elusive Crispus Attucks Gives Hip-Hop Sites Some Tough Love

  • Music

    October 31, 2000
  • News

    January 26, 1999

    Eye of the Storm

    The tough midseason tests continue for St. John's following their bedeviling loss to Duke

  • News

    December 15, 1998

    St. John’s True Warrior

    Ron Artest earns his nickname in word and deed