While hip-hop is a worldwide multi-billion dollar industry at this point, a big part of what's kept rap music so fresh and vibrant for almost 40 years now is the constant innovations coming from its various regional sub-genres. While tracing the lineage of rap styles has been made easier with the ad ... More >>
Back in February, we brought you the unfortunate news that famed early '90s rapper Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died due to a diabetic seizure at the age of 46. On a much lighter note, it looks now like that might not be true.
Yesterday, famously antagonistic Bronx-born rap artist Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair died of a diabetic seizure at the age of 46. One of the most boisterously brash voices ever heard on a rap record, Tim Dog was the epitome of the hulking hip-hop bully archetype. Debuting in 1987 as the featured guest op ... More >>
The Queens-born hip-hop producer walks in to the Grammys a double-nominee
Tone Tank anointed himself the King of Surf Guitar Rap back in 2009. It's a title the rapper, who resides in Brooklyn, admits he didn't have much in the way of competition for, but it's one that brought him to the attention of Geoff Barrow, the producer for Brit trip-hop troupe Portishead. Barrow wa ... More >>
This Sunday, the Bronx hip-hop stalwarts the Ultramagnetic MCs are playing a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Northside Festival, and Sound of the City has a pair of tickets to give away. See below for how to enter.
Doing the dirty work as hip-hop cleans up
Kool Keith used to love the Times Square of the early '80s; while interviewing him for this week's Voice, he waxed lyrical on the subject. Here's his full and lengthy rememberance of the days when 42nd Street was a seedier place, one lit by marquees advertising kung-fu flicks and boomboxes that look ... More >>
The member of Portishead excavates his band's hip-hop roots
Kool Keith w/Spanish Broads, New Optimism, Nine 11 Thesaurus 285 Kent Saturday, August 13 Better than: Getting eaten by a halfshark alligator. Hip-hop might seem increasingly shiny and sugar-coated, but the genre's bizarre and shadowy recesses haven't been completely abandoned yet. Eminem ... More >>
The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is relea ... More >>
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 >>
"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 >>
I am afraid to tell you how old deranged/pornographic/quite possibly ingenious Bronx rapper Kool Keith, he of the myriad aliases and wildly erratic and thoroughly entertaining live shows, actually is -- it will only depress you. And him. And yet the announcement of an honest-to-god Kool Keith ... More >>
Wax Poetics reported yesterday that Melvin Bliss, singer of one the most sampled songs of all time, 1973's "Synthetic Substitution," has died. The list of artists who've borrowed from the track is long and overwhelming: Ultramagnetic MC's, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, ... More >>
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