“Every time I stepped into madness of the crowds, I longed for the wisdom of the loneliness.“ — Mehmet Murat Ildan “Why don’t you write about rap anymore?”
In most cases, progress and evolution happen slowly, over a period of time marked by small, incremental changes. Occasionally, however, a seismic shift occurs and a culture transforms overnight. That is what happened in 1986 when a young man with a voice that sounded like it was from outer space came in the door andContinue reading ““On Writing” for the Hip-Hop Culture: Rakim’s “Sweat the Technique” Reviewed”
Documentaries – unfairly – have long been seen as a snob’s film of choice.
Fans are more obsessed with sales than ever before.
“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”
As a favor – one that you did not ask for – I’ve compiled a list of twenty songs that I think casual hip-hop fans should know.
For my first guest post on England’s The Musical Outcast, I chose a dream team of rappers that would form Voltron to create the perfect MC. Continue reading…