"Now 23, rock's hottest producer is the closest pop music has come this decade to producing a conceptualist who can compare to Phil Spector in studio wizardry, business acumen, and steam-rolling ego"
Originally published November 4, 1986
“He doesn’t battle other rappers or spinners for record sales. Instead he engages wily, older businessmen in treacherous battles for survival. Russell’s not going bald ’cause it’s been easy."
Originally published April 30, 1985
"Always dug Run-D.M.C. because they dressed like they weren't ashamed to be identified with the stone B-boys"
Originally published April 9, 1985
The 13th (or 14th) Annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll
January 14, 2019
‘Even at the beginning there was more than beer spray and gun smoke, metal riffs and hip-hop beats’
November 2, 2018