This week Necro and Kool G Rap have unleashed their hardcore manifesto Once Upon A Crime on the world under the guise of The Godfathers. The project fuses gore-master general Necro's brutal beats and no-holds-barred rhymes with veteran New York City gangsta rapper Kool G Rap's still-furious flows. I ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Talib Kweli is gearing up to release his fifth solo album, Prisoner of Consciousness, on May 7th. The project features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Curren ... More >>
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 >>
This Thursday night, the man who set the standard for greatness in rap, Rakim, takes the stage for a show with Wu-Tang member Raekwon at Stage 48. It's a rare event that fans get to see Rakim as, even in this era of 24/7 social media, he's remained one of the few artists in hip-hop to maintain an au ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Tonight, one of underground rap's most notorious legends, R.A. the Rugged Man, throws his own birthday bash at Drom. Joining him for tonight's shindig are critically acclaimed West Coast MC Blu and politically charged syllable killer Diabolic. We spoke to R.A. about completing another Rugged year, r ... More >>
Free lunch, fire hydrants on full blast and beach chairs on the sidewalkyep, the summer's here Need a hand composing a playlist to go along with a hot and lazy day's activities? Just in time for the official start of summer (and today's 90-plus temperatures), SOTC has put together a list of t ... More >>
After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalized. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 14 seed Alicia Keys; No. 12 seed Blondie will have it out with No. 3 seed N ... More >>
After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalizedyou can peruse the bracket hereand it's time for you to vote. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 1 ... More >>
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchupsfour of which will happen today, four tomorrow ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. Brooklyn's finest meets Strong Island's most prominent in a match up of two lyrical hip-hop powerhouses. Having steamrolle ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. We'll have some first-round results later today, but ... More >>
Andree Lamoth Blitz the Ambassador and Spoek Mathambo w/Mshini Wam Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Sunday, August 7 Better than: An evening spinning old soul records. "Don't forget that I'm from Ghana, yo. D'you know how far that is?" Samuel Bazawule, the Brooklyn-based MC better known as ... More >>
"Drums, please!" 20 summers ago, Jazzy Jeff's opening command in the hip-hop classic "Summertime" kickstarted countless barbecues, picnics and long nighttime drives. Little has changed since. In 1991, as producers K. Fingers and Hula were lifting Kool & the Gang's leisurely dulcet "Summer Madness" ... More >>
DMX may have seen this coming
"It ain't where you from, it's where you at," intones Chuck D himself on the fourth album by rapper/producer Blitz The Ambassador. Blitz is originally from Ghana's capital city of Accra, and currently resides in Brooklyn, but the otherworldly rhythms and triple-speed rhymes of Native Sun (Emb ... More >>
What with Nicki Minaj having gone and signed herself away to Britney Spears' tour this summer, Lil Wayne needed some new opening acts for the next leg of his I Am Still Music Tour. Enter--along with Keri Hilson, Rick Ross, and, uh, the Far East Movement--Lloyd, the sweet-voiced Atlanta croone ... More >>
90% of his friends are behind bars. His oldest brother is a recovering drug addict. His other brother has long since repented. All that and Pusha still wants to, well, push. "That's what happens when you Michael and they treat you like Tito," he raps on the hook for "I Still Wanna." For the f ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Oh, hey Q-Tip. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.On a sweltering Saturday, the seventh annual hip-hop nerd convention Rock The Bells took over Governor's Island. It's a place where people know to "throw a one in the air" for Guru before DJ Premier even asked, a place where you can overhear a convo ... More >>
"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 >>
Well, this has been somewhat of a confusing rollout. The news: Snoop (doing Doggystyle in its entirety), Tribe (doing Midnight Marauders), and DJ Premier (doing a Gang Starr tribute that'll probably be the highlight of the whole thing) have been added to the bill (already loaded with Wu Tang, ... More >>
Pusha T at the Highline Ballroom last year. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.The Clipse make coke rap cut straight out of Virginia. But Pharrell's favorite rapping brothers, Malice and Pusha T, have a discernible New York streak running through their rhymes. Which is no surprise given that they were b ... More >>
Sade media-blitz week is winding down (much to David Letterman's dismay) -- looks like her Soldier of Love, despite its rampant iciness, will top next week's Billboard chart with ease. It's nice to have something/someone we can all agree on. With that in mind. our arch-enemies over at Vulture corr ... More >>
The really likeable thing about what remains an underrated (though, uh, not that underrated) Blueprint 3 was the spectacle of Jay-Z thinking pretty seriously about what it meant to be an enormously successful and pretty definitively middle-aged rapper. He's the first and only to do it, with apolog ... More >>
The lady-lonely John Mayer, the man with the audacity to tell the New York Times, on the record, "I should be fucking more girls," has America's #1 record this week. His Battle Studies, which somehow avoids including any of the myriad things that actually make John Mayer interesting, sold a v ... More >>
The God MC confronts a hip-hop landscape far different from the one he once ruled
Which doesn't make The Blueprint 3 a classic. But we'll take it. For now.
Latin freestyle's dreamboys and dreamgirls dance back into the spotlight
Helping his people remember why they love themselves
Mr. Smith violates an immutable celebrity-universe law
Nevertheless, Nas still sounds like a man who's thinking even when he'd rather not be
Not Spyro Gyra, just a hip-hop band throwing a world party
Records We Overlooked That Made a Splash in 1998