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”

Nineteen Ninety-Sex: The Year of Rap’s Femme Fatales

“I used to be scared of the dick/Now I throw lips to the shit, handle it like a real bitch” Lil’ Kim was 22-years-old on November 12, 1996, when she uttered those lines, the first lyrics on her debut album, Hard Core. Just one week later, 18-year-old Foxy Brown released her own debut, Ill NaContinue reading “Nineteen Ninety-Sex: The Year of Rap’s Femme Fatales”

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”

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”

An Appreciation of Missy Elliott Videos

To celebrate the release of “WTF,” the new video by Missy Elliott, I decided to compile some of my favorite Missy videos. She is a trendsetter that changed hip-hop when she entered the game. She can do it all – rap, sing, write, produce, dance, direct, whatever. One of the most innovative artists in rapContinue reading “An Appreciation of Missy Elliott Videos”

Flashback Friday Flop: “The Best of Both Worlds”

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: Jay-Z & R.Continue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “The Best of Both Worlds””

Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together

There have been a multitude of studies and stories done on the connection between geography and success. In the history of hip-hop, one of the most fertile grounds for superstars has been Brooklyn. For proof, think about the fact that Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and DMX all went to George Westinghouse Career andContinue reading “Collaborations of Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, B.I.G. & DMX – All of Whom Went to High School Together”

Unpopular Pop Culture Opinions

I feel like I’ve always fallen outside of the mainstream. Even as a child, I knew that many of my tastes were not in line with the majority. Often, my opinion is the unpopular one.