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Roxanne Shante

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    9 Fantastic Old-School Hip-Hop Christmas Songs

    Looking to freshen up your faithful ol' holiday playlist with a little hip-hop? Well nix thoughts of falling back on that foul-mouthed Christmas On Death Row album -- rappers were penning joyful and funked-up holiday ditties long before Snoop and Dre and Suge decided to congregate around the metapho ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Q&A: Big Fun In The Big Town Director Bram Van Splunteren On The '80s New York Hip-Hop Scene

    "The Beastie Boys were just silly," says Dutch-based documentary maker Bram Van Splunteren. "You couldn't do a serious interview with those guys. They were just goofing around. We had them rap down the phone but I don't remember any kind of content from that interview." Back in the mid-'80s, Splunt ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Q&A: DJ Red Alert On Kiss-FM, The Bridge Wars, And Breaking "Rappin' Duke"

    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 >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Q&A: DJ Rob Swift Looks Back On His Work With The Late Roc Raida

    Back in the early '90s, the DJs Rob Swift and Roc Raida would take the subway to each other's cribs and engage in seven-hour practice sessions. Raida's apartment, up in Harlem, was decorated with posters of rap acts Ice Cube, Kid 'N' Play and MC Lyte; Swift's bedroom in Queens showcased inspirationa ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 2, 2011

    PLANET ROCK

    The Zulu Nation celebrates its 38th anniversary

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    October 13, 2011

    Ten Highly Entertaining Videos By Biz Markie

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Top 10 Greatest Kool Keith Aliases

    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 >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Q&A: DJ Premier on Where Rap Went Wrong and How to Fix It

    ​If New York hip-hop has a spiritual gatekeeper, it's DJ Premier. Along with being part of definitive '90s rap duo Gang Starr, Premier has balanced crafting songs for certified rap royalty Jay-Z, Biggie, and Nas with supporting the city's more varied and underground scenes. His upcoming label ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2010

    This Is Why Nine 11 Thesaurus Are Hot

    A Bushwick after-school program points young kids toward hip-hop's past and future

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Ten Pioneering Pieces Of Hip-Hop Street Art

    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 >>

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    October 27, 2009
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    October 16, 2009

    Week in Review: Pajamas Are Pussified

    Kylie! Photo by Santiago Felipe.​In the week a tiny little boy named Falcon first captured America's heart and then threw up on that heart on live television and even rhymed about doing so in song, we swam feebly in the ocean of headlines involving both Michael Jackson and Paul Anka, DJ AM and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Roxanne Shante Apologizes, Sort Of

    ​Though the Daily News freelancer Walter Dawkins surely bares some blame for the piece the paper ran in the late days of August about the revenge of rapper Roxanne Shante against her record label--which turned out not to be a revenge at all--Shante herself has remained quiet since Slate debunk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Jeff Chang Serves Up The Backlash To The Backlash To The Roxanne Shante Story

    To recap: The Daily News said Roxanne Shante forced her record label to pay for her Ph.D. Slate refuted both her record label's involvement and the Ph.D., period. Now, the indomitable Jeff Chang refutes Slate's refutation, or at least calls out author Ben Sheffner's strong music-industry ties and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Was That Roxanne Shante Education Story in the Daily News Completely False?

    ​Ug. Slate seems to have debunked the story the NYDN ran a few weeks ago about Roxanne Shante, which claimed that "a forgotten clause in her first record deal" had allowed her to stick Warner Brothers with the entire check for her Ph. D in psychology from Cornell. It was the ultimate artist re ... More >>

  • Music

    November 14, 2006

    Diddy's Little Helpers

    Why hip-hop ghostwriting is an art now, and an actually respectable one

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    September 14, 2004

    Bad Fantasy Sex

    What it's like between the sheets and covers with a lad-mag vet-cum-memoirist

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    October 29, 2002
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    September 3, 2002

    Opening Up

    When Who's on First Is What Matters

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    July 9, 2002
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