Does the Album Still Have a Place in Music?

Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post for XXL in which I wondered if mixtapes were becoming better – and more important – than albums. My contention was that there are certain artists – Jadakiss, for example – that are better suited for the mixtape circuit, so they should really be judged on theirContinue reading “Does the Album Still Have a Place in Music?”

In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great

This month will mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Elam, better known as Guru, one-half of the legendary group Gang Starr. Unfortunately, Guru, who was already one of the most underrated emcees in hip-hop history, has had his memory and legacy besmirched and exploited in recent years by his last musical associate,Continue reading “In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great”

The NBA & Hip-Hop: Til Death Do They Part

The NBA has a complicated history with hip-hop, but the sooner it embraces the fact that the two are forever entwined, the better it will be. My latest for The Musical Outcast. Continue reading… Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work hasContinue reading “The NBA & Hip-Hop: Til Death Do They Part”

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”

Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as “Real Rap”

For my second piece for England’s The Musical Outcast, I analyze the idea of “real” hip-hop. 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 quoted on BuzzfeedContinue reading “Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as “Real Rap””