• Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Four New York Rappers Before They Were Famous

    Nothing ever truly disappears from the internet--or so we're told. It's a rule that applies for a bunch of currently-feted New York rappers whose prior songs, images and MC monikers can still be found online in the nooks of outlets like SoundClick and YouTube. Here's a trek through the ages of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2013

    The mainstream end of New York City's 2013 rap output might have seen uptown upstarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana putting numbers on the board, but the city's most fertile and invigorating offerings came from less glitzy-reaching enclaves. Consider this round-up a salute to the rap albums that bes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Killer Mike and El-P - Webster Hall - 8/14/13

    Better Than: That time Killer Mike rapped about Scooby Doo with Matthew Lillard The final night of Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels tour finished up last nightt in the city 3/4 of its featured acts call home. Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist), Despot, Mike and El all looked to finish strong a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Five Hip-Hop Albums We're Excited For in 2013

    The new year is right around the corner, and while we're sure you're squeezing every last bit of new music you can from the few remaining "Best of 2012" lists, it's important to look toward the future and keep in mind all of the great music still to come. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained

    Tonight one of New York's favorite new hometown heroes, Action Bronson, plays Brooklyn Bowl. While there's been much discussed in regard to his frequent references to food, be it invoking particular dishes as a metaphor, a by-product of his vivid storytelling or employed to advance a narrative, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    "You Write From Your Soul and They Try and Make It Into A Minstrel Thing": Our Interview With Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire

    Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is Brooklyn's rap superstar-in-waiting. He released a new EP (Passion & Power) on Universal yesterday, and we interviewed the venerable eXquire for this week's print edition of The Voice. Here's the bonus beats of the chat, which includes eXquire revealing the song that snag ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Make Time for These Hip-Hop Shows at CMJ 2012

    By all means, enjoy the whispy waifs warbling their sensitive indie ballads up and down the city during CMJ. But make time for some hip-hop while you do. Here are a few acts worth your time. See Also: - Don't Miss These Bands At CMJ - Handy CMJ Flowchart Panel Selector

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    The Top 5.33 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Week

    The "b word" has been a staple of hip-hop for decades, although there's some linguistic shading as far as its use: women that aren't particularly awesome are called "bitches"; really awesome women are "bad bitches"; respected dignitaries like moms are "ladies" and "females"—unless they're the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 25, 2012


    Mad Decent throws 
the block party of the year

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Seven Speaker-Shattering Busta Rhymes Guest Verses

    Busta Rhymes will headline this year's 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with a performance down under the borough's namesake bridge on Saturday. With a stash of rap anthems that includes "Pass The Courvoisier," "Woo-Ha!! (Got You All In Check)," and "Hands Where My Eyes Can See," the big man's set is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Children Of The Night Wave The New York Flag On Queens... Revisited

    "I find myself walking to work and I can see the sun rise right over Queens Boulevard, and I say to myself, why hasn't Queens gotten a trophy in a very long time? I mean, I feel like we deserve to shine right now, don't we? We got a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful team and I can see us parading down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Q&A: Danny Brown On Cataloguing Rhymes, His "Rookie Of The Year" Status, And Joy Division

    The way Danny Brown raps isn't identical to the way Danny Brown talks, but in conversation with the Michigan MC, a few similarities pop up: the wheezy hyena chuckles, the dry sense of humor, the easy confidence, the sense that he can murder this interview shit day or night, awake or asleep, braided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Pazz & Jop 2011: Michael Tedder On Fucked Up's Majesty, Danny Brown's Cunning Skills, And The Joy Formidable's Outro Power

    To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, Michael Tedder breaks down his entire ballot, and along the way he talks about about the operatic heights of Fucked Up, the shredding ability of Annie Clark and R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    53 More Great Songs From 2011

    Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2011

    Underwhelmed And Overstimulated, The Finale: Jay-Z And Kanye West Fiddle While The Underground Gets Wasted

    Smell that money burning. ​This concludes Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, a conversation about pop music in 2011 between Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph. Read it all again. Thanks for the handoff, Nick, and thanks to Katherine, Tom and esp ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011


    Action Bronson and 
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire team up

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire Gets Down With His Duality

    ​"You got to ask my mother that. You wanna call her? Come on, let's call her." It's a rain-sodden Thanksgiving's eve and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's goddaughter has just turned up at his Crown Heights apartment. Her appearance prompts the question of what the rapper himself was like as a kid� ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Das Racist's Top Ten Tour Memories (So Far)

    ​Viktor Vazquez has just arrived at a hotel in Seattle and is pining for some noodles. Specifically, he has the hankering for some "fancy ramen noodles." It's a caliber of Japanese wheat-noodle that he has not been able to find since leaving his home in New York City to undertake a vehement 30 ... More >>