Grappling with Jeru the Damaja's legacy upon the release of his early demos.
Max Bell is second cousins twice removed with Lil Dap. Dismiss the teen renaissance of dense and dusty, jazz-inflected rap songs and you denounce Doom and Dilla. They’re the perennial link between the boom-bap of old and most contemporary iterations, their influence over high school rap fans as strong as it was when Tyler and […]
We’re now reaching the Legacy Act phase of hip hop’s age bracket, where men in their forties can trim their facial hair extra thin and comfortably tour off records from the pre-Giuliani days. Young forever. ’93 till infinity. Right now, a few models are emerging: remain current and fresh while performing decades of old hits […]
Roughly once a year, Slick Rick crawls up out of his chamber to read us a raunchy bedtime story. In 2007, it was “Hip Hop Police.” In 2009, he laced us with the sand storm narrative-shifts and anti-Iraq rant of Mos Def’s “The Auditorium.” Last year, he inflicted ad hoc carnage to Snoop’s “I Wanna […]
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Primo conducting an orchestra=automatic repost. Taken in consideration with “Nasty“, I think, I think, I THINK this time around, Nas gives the nerds the album they’ve been waiting 20 years for. It wouldn’t take a lot of effort on his part, everyone would love him for it, and he’s gotta be close to out of […]
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Evan Nabavian will slap the taste out your mouth if you call him an old soul. Before I say anything about Mac Miller, let me disclose that I am white and I was four years old when Illmatic came out. I rapped under the name Judah The Maccabee for about two weeks before I realized […]
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A round-up of the responses from the Passion of the Weiss Masonic Message Board where we plot to make Steve Guttenberg and Steve Arrington a star: “This is some Bazooka Joe shit.” “Fire. These two just have chemistry in the studio.”” “Is it now safe for us to say that after Guru and the Holy […]
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The Internet has been flooded with tributes to Keith Elam in the last week, but none matches the sad and stellar eulogy conceived by his partner in Gang Starr. Joined by Big Shug, Guru’s nephew Justin Elam, and others, Primo unleashes poisonous darts at Solar, rare material, and a combination of fury and testament that […]
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