Alex Dwyer's "Off the Books" series returns with a look at Original Gangstas, the new book from Ben Westhoff.
A powerful elegy to the late revolutionary, Black Panther, and mother of Tupac, Afeni Shakur.
Bow down in the presence of a boss player.
All Eyez On Me: 20 Years On February 18, 2016
Pete Tosiello sifts through the incredible amount of great 1996 rap records to examine the holy grail: 2Pac's All Eyez On Me.
This is almost too surreal for words. A just released 22-minute conversation of 2Pac calling Monster Kody in October ’95, fresh on bail and so newly signed to Death Row that Kody congratulates him on the deal. “This was me and Tupac’s first conversation,” said Kody. “This was October 18th, 1995. I had just gotten […]
Dan Adu-Gyamfi scored 1.1 on his SAT The greatest debate amongst rap fans is who the greatest rapper of all time. Most of the time you’ll realize people mention their favorite artist instead of who they truly consider to be the G.O.A.T. Theatrics ensue as a faux cypher commences with participants doing their best impersonation […]
I’m hesitant to extrapolate broad ideas about complex artists after watching three and a half minutes of footage originally recorded 19 years ago. But this is Biggie and Pac and I have a book coming out on them in two months, so fuck it. (Pre-order now). This is no mere idyll captured by Dream Hampton […]
So the summary speaketh: Chicago bred rapper Open Mike Eagle joins Nocando and Jeff Weiss this week to discuss Mount Rapmore AKA Biggie, 2pac, Nas, and Jay-Z. The guys define each rapper’s style, talk about the importance of street anthems & pop singles, ask who had the best sense of humor, and describe which was […]
Maybe you have heard of this 2Pac fellow. Wrote a few cool songs about his mom and your mom and a fat guy’s girlfriend. Managed to pull of wearing leather better than anyone in his generation. Pioneered the slick baldheaded look in a way that the Fab Five and Onyx never quite matched. The ex-LA […]
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