“On Writing” for the Hip-Hop Culture: Rakim’s “Sweat the Technique” Reviewed

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”

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”

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

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.