Flashback Friday Flop: “Forever”

Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time.  This week: Puff Daddy’sContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Forever””

In Appreciation of: Kool G Rap

“Hearing me is like hearing G Rap in his prime” – Jay-Z, “Encore” If there were a Mount Rushmore of pre-’90s, Golden Era hip-hop, the four heads would belong to Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, and Kool G Rap. While the first three are often referenced, it unfortunately seems like many casual fans are unawareContinue reading “In Appreciation of: Kool G Rap”

My 10 Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2015

We are living in the age of the podcast. Old media individuals (including the incomparable Howard Stern) may call them “losers” and scoff at audience size or ad revenue, but podcasts are both the present and the future. One look at the phenomenon of Serial proves that.

Rap Foes Turned Friends

For my latest piece on The Musical Outcast, I look at hip-hop enemies that reconciled and worked together. Continue reading… Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quotedContinue reading “Rap Foes Turned Friends”

Flashback Friday Flop: “14 Shots to the Dome”

Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time.  This week: LL CoolContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “14 Shots to the Dome””