Ranking Eminem’s Albums

“[Eminem] seems to revel in the ways that he can break and reshape the laws of the language.” – Adam Bradley, Book of Rhymes  Eminem is one of the all-time greats, a surefire future hall of famer. He’s one of the most commercially successful musicians ever, the second highest-selling singles artist of all time with over 220 […]

Wu-Tang Podcast: “Wu-Tang Forever” [Disc 2] featuring Christopher Pierznik

If it’s going to take years for something to happen, it better be worth the wait. With that in mind, for my first podcast appearance, I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk about my absolutely favorite album, Wu-Tang Forever.

The Greatest Year in Hip-Hop History

Of all the conversations and debates surrounding the best of the best in hip-hop — MC’s, groups, producers, labels — perhaps the most difficult to ascertain is what is the greatest year in hip-hop history. Let’s answer it with a 16-slot bracket tournament.

“Classic Albums” Documentary: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

For years, it felt as if there were no interest in what went into the making of a hip-hop classic. While other genres, most notably rock, had the backstories of their best results covered extensively (largely because it was often the favorite music of the people in charge of such things), there was not much […]

We’re So Spoiled by the Availability of Music That We Don’t Appreciate It

I have a confession to make: I didn’t love Enter the Wu-Tang [36 Chambers] the first time I heard it. Actually, I kinda sorta didn’t even like it. I know that’s like the Pope saying he didn’t dig the Bible the first time he read it, but it’s true.

From 12 Copies Sold to 10 Million — The Evolution of The Fugees

Whether personally, professionally, or creatively, you’ve probably had a project or plan fail miserably, even beyond your wildest fears and worst-case scenarios. In fact, you’ve probably had more than one. I certainly have. While there may be a natural tendency to wallow in our misery, it’s important not to let that failure derail us. They say […]

A Wu-Tang Album in Name Only – The Deception of “The Saga Continues”

If a (supposedly) new Wu-Tang Clan album doesn’t move the needle the way it once did, it’s largely because it’s easy to be skeptical about new material coming out of Shaolin.