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.

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.

1999: The Year Hip-Hop Sprang a Leak

In 1999, as the world was prepping for Y2K, another, less heralded innovation in the world of computers was about to change the music business: “Napster launched in 1999, and over the next three years tens of millions of music fans eagerly (and by today’s standards, incredibly slowly) downloaded oft-mistagged, low-bitrate mp3 versions of newContinue reading “1999: The Year Hip-Hop Sprang a Leak”

Flashback Friday Flop: “Christmas on Death Row”

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: Christmas onContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Christmas on Death Row””

Flashback Friday Flop: “Tha Doggfather”

This is the first entry of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I will 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. I’ve done this sortContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Tha Doggfather””