After five years former Non-Phixion member Ill Bill has finally released his latest solo album, The Grimey Awards. The record looks to continue his gritty New York boom-bap vision that help defined the city's alternative rap underground in the late '90s. We spoke to Bill about the people in his life ... More >>
When the West Village record store Fat Beats closed its doors in 2010, the New York City hip-hop scene lost an iconic part of its landscape. But for the rapper/DJ/producer collective Brown Bag AllStars, the store's demise smarted harder than mostthey worked there. It's a time in their lives t ... More >>
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 >>
One of the most respected turntable artists in the independent hip-hop world, Brad Forste's fierce, punk-like approach to scratching always pushed each set he DJed right up to the line of pandemonium. On more than one occasion I have seen Forste, apparently unsatisfied with the crowd's energy, cut u ... More >>
Stretch, presiding. Pics by Puja.The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Reunion Show
Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday, February 10
Better Than: Standing around and listening to rap with a couple hundred ex-backpackers in any other setting.
"We would go up to the station to hang out with our friends," s ... More >>
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 >>
Over the weekend, the rapper Sean Price took to Twitter to propose a collaboration album between his own Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik hip-hop crew and Staten Island's mighty Wu-Tang Clan. The idea has been received rapturously. But then again, theoretical hip-hop supergroups usually are. Rap's hi ... More >>
Def Jux boss El-P has posted an open letter in response to widespread reports that the venerable underground hip-hop label was poised to shut down, announcing that that's not exactly what's happening. What is happening: El-P personally is "stepping away from my duties as artistic director for ... More >>
Def Jux, the indie hip-hop empire run by rapper/producer El-P, might be shutting down; how credible you find these whispers depends on how much stock you normally place in a website called shabooty.com. While the label hadn't exactly had a megahit in a while, dense and claustrophobic early-au ... More >>
"You've got some fans that wanna stick up for me and say, 'Rae's still got it!' And you got some that say, 'Nah he'll never beat that album!'"
In the 5000 or so days since Raekwon released Only Built for Cuban Linx, long considered one of the greatest of all solo Wu-Tang albums, the Chef h ... More >>