• Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time

    Wednesday, September 3rd, Aerosmith play the Prudential Center. While much has been written about their extensive catalog and presence in the media, their influence on early hip-hop has been somewhat understated. The drum breaks from tracks like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" were some of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    1984: A Great Year for Hip-Hop

    We've just passed the half-way point of 2014 and, and if you've followed the hip-hop newswire with even a passing curiosity, you're probably already up to your medulla oblongata in "20th Anniversary" retrospectives. That's not to say 1994 wasn't an incredible year, but the high praise it's been gett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Creature of Rebelmatic: The Patriarch of NYC's Hip-Hop Underground

    Opening for Kool AD this Thursday night at Webster Hall is hip-hop-infused punk outfit Rebelmatic, a group fronted by MC and DIY-innovator Creature, a face familiar to anyone who's ever even walked near a hip-hop event in New York City in the past two decades. From his '90s output with his group Tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Amalgam CEO/MC Anyextee Goes From the Boardroom to the Booth

    In hip-hop's 40 year history, few have been as vilified and demonized as the record executive. With the culture of the four elements seemingly always at odds with "the industry," one executive is finally taking to wax to strike back. This week sees Anyextee, the CEO of Amalgam Digital, put out Exec ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 11, 2013


    The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music

  • Voice Choices

    October 30, 2013


    Skip trick-or-treating for a show featuring three of rap's best

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    They're Gonna Smash Run-DMC's Brains in

    Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Ad-Rock Hated "Faggots" and Other Beastie Boys Revelations Gleaned From Our Archives

    Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

    Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Props to Hip-Hop's iLLspokinn on NYC's Fastest-Growing Rap Tribute

    Friday night, the Props to Hip-Hop classic rap tribute showcase plays its biggest show yet at B.B. King. For the past two years, TruStatement Entertainment's Props to Hip-Hop concert series has created an audience for a live hip-hop homage. With a full band playing the beats and some of the city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: 20 - 11

    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 22, 2013

    Hip-Hop for Dogs: The Worst Dog Hip-Hop Book Ever?

    If you like your music blog experiences to be timely and relevant, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is neither. It concerns a book from five years ago that's as inconsequential now as the day it was published. This book hasn't dropped a track on Soundcloud, and it's not in a Twitter fight ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 15, 2012
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    July 11, 2012

    Breakfast Bills, Weight Contests, And Good Morning America: Fact-Checking The Myths About The Fat Boys

    The early rise of the Fat Boys is an unfairly overlooked rap story. Having broken through as mainstream figures in the mid-'80s, an ascent helped by collaborations with Chubby Checker, William "The Refrigerator" Perry and Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger character, the oversized hip-hop trio have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2012

    Kiss-FM, RIP

    New York's urban radio pioneer goes dark after 30 years

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Kiss-FM, R.I.P.

    On Thursday Kiss-FM announced that after 30 years, it would stop broadcasting on 98.7 FM and join forces with WBLS, its longtime rival in the "adult urban contemporary" radio format in New York City. The stations will merge under the motto "One Family, One Station, Our Voice," with several Kiss-FM p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Blondie (12) Faces Off Against Run-DMC (5) In SOTC's March Madness Tournament

    ​The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—finishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Wax Is For Anthrax: Drummer Charlie Benante On 8 Anthrax Rap Experiments

    ​The unstoppable, zombie-slaying Anthrax album Worship Music is their first in 21 years with classic vocalist Joey Belladonna, and naturally, it's full of thrash that hearkens back to the halcyon days of Jams shorts and up-flipped caps. However, if rap fans check out "Devil You Know," they mig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Q&A: Pusha T: "Instant Gratification Versus Slow Grind? I'll Take The Former."

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2011


    A visual evolution of the New York sound

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Q&A: Brother Ali on Rock the Bells and The Importance of Getting Touched By Ghostface

    Cover of Ali's The Truth is Here EP Of the many details that differentiate Brother Ali from your average rapper, it is important to note that after delving deep into the painful dissolution of his emotionally abusive marriage on his 2007 album The Undisputed Truth, Ali wraps things up by telling h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    The Choice Is His: Black Sheep's Dres Picks The Five Best Bar Mitzvah/Sweet 16-Rocking Hip-Hop Classics Of All Time

    Dres still loves "The Humpty Dance," just like the rest of us.​Few hip-hop songs rival the mass-anthemic appeal of Black Sheep's "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)." A tweaked incarnation of an album track on M.C. Dres and producer Mista Lawnge's 1991 debut A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, it endeare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Ricky Powell's Official Guide to Rappin' With The Rickster, His Legendary '90s Public Access TV Show

    Sitting on a park bench in Washington Square Park on a Thursday afternoon, with a small silver transistor radio clutched in his left hand and his trusty Minolta AF2 Hi-Matic camera slung around his shoulder, 49-year-old Ricky Powell breaks off from conversation to yell at a gaggle of teenage girls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    LL Cool J, satanist: Studies in Crap presents Dancing With Demons

    Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.​ Dancing With Demons: The Music's Real Master Author: Jeff Godwin Date: 1988 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Cruelty-Free Pre-Thanksgiving with Lou Reed, Others at Tavern on the Green

    ​Planning to tuck into a nice, fat turkey this Thanksgiving? What are you, sick? Turkeys are your animal companions. Repent of your carnivorism in the traditional way -- with celebrities! On November 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Russell Simmons will host "Celebration FOR The Turkeys" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Rock Hall Show at MSG Includes A Couple of Jersey Guys

    The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 25th Anniversary events kicked off last night at Madison Square Garden with key Jersey representation, including sets by Paul Simon of Newark and Bruce Springsteen of Long Branch. Here's Simon and former collaborator Art Garfunkel really milking "Sounds of Silence." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Run-DMC, the Musical?

    ​It's happening, according to Liz Smith (?!). Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise's producer, has apparently been shepherding Rev Run and DMC around Broadway, collecting inspiration for an original musical. "I feel their story lends itself perfectly to the stage," Wagner told Smith. "This project has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Run-DMC/Jam Master Jay Street Sign Dedicated in Queens

    The corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue in Queens is now officially "Run-DMC JMJ Way," by way of homage to the rap group and its murdered DJ, Jam Master Jay. The sign was hoisted on Sunday (after being announced back in July), and Run spoke at the ceremony, telling the crowd "I lived right do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Jam Master Jay Memorialized on Tiny Green Sign

    Hollis, Queens's Run-DMC will join Joey Ramone and the week-long promotional tour for U2's last album (R.I.P.) in having their name memorialized as a New York City street sign. The corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue in Queens will be renamed "Run-DMC JMJ Way," in dual homage to the slain Jam M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon and Mos Def Pander to Aging Rap Fans

    More proof that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is targeted straight at rap nerds: Mos Def and Jimmy Fallon spontaneously covering Run-DMC's "It's Tricky." Also: points to Mos Def for doing the classic shutting-down-the-white-guy-rapping thing after like nine seconds. Below, Mos and the Roots do "Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Little Anthony & The Imperials, Run-D.M.C. to Rock Hall

    We know it's silly, but we're excited for homeboys Little Anthony & The Imperials and Run-D.M.C., who have just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Imperials began in Brooklyn -- Little Anthony, aka Jerome Anthony Gourdine, grew up in the Fort Greene projects -- and Run-D.M.C. is, ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2008

    Best of NYC 2008

    Back to the streets

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    All Tomorrow's Parties: Now In List Form!

    Can you spot the author? photo by Abbey Braden for ATP Words can get heavy, man, which is why we asked Christopher R. Weingarten to distill a weekend's worth of ATP hysteria into a much more manageable variety of numbers and statistics. Disregard that many-mornings-after-after hangover and follow ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2007

    Chrisette Michele's I Am

    Classy, chaste belter only occasionally resembles your mom breakdancing

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006
  • Music

    August 15, 2006

    Spaghetti Eastern

    The Lordz, Brooklyn rap-rock's preeminent wiseguys, crank the bass and wax Soprano

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    Coming of Age

    1976–1985: Punk to Pomo, Basquiat to Breakdancing

  • NYC Life

    February 22, 2005

    Shell-Toed Superstar

    Nas, Missy Elliot, and the Beasties celebrate the redesign of the Run D.M.C. Adidas

  • NYC Life

    February 8, 2005

    NY Mirror

    Back to the beat: Taking classes from hip-hop's old school

  • Music

    December 17, 2002
  • News

    November 5, 2002

    Jam Master Jay, 1965–2002

    Rhythmic Heart of the Kings of Rock

  • Music

    October 15, 2002
  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Hip-Hop Goes Commercial

    Rappers Give Madison Avenue a Run for Its Money

  • Music

    June 4, 2002
  • NYC Life

    May 14, 2002
  • Music

    April 24, 2001
  • Music

    April 10, 2001
  • News

    May 26, 1998

    Breaking's New Ground

    Generation Next Spins on its Head

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