Wonder Mike

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    The History of Rap's Oldest Cliche

    We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to unexplainably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    The Real Sugar Hill Records Story: In-House Drummer Keith Le Blanc on the Myths Surrounding Rap's First Label

    ​"I don't think the true Sugar Hill Records story has ever been told because there's so much skull-duggery attached to it," says Keith Le Blanc, the one-time in-house drummer for Sugar Hill Records. The pioneering New York label, which brought hip-hop to the world's ears in 1979 with the Sugar ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2005

    Old School

    Two approaches to the dawning problem of expanding jazz repertoire, one of them novel

  • Music

    November 3, 1998