Wu-Tang Clan’s second album, Wu-Tang Forever, elicits a discussion on imperial eras. Plus, Kendrick Lamar’s new album and a Fat Joe TV doc.
This week’s entry discusses Eminem’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Ben Merlis’ oral history of the Juice Crew.
This week brings a new column: Opening Acts. The inaugural edition mulls over a GQ cover story on Future, Alchemist vs. Get on Down, and Godfather Don’s Hazardous.
As I spent the weekend revisiting Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus, I began to wonder…what other records did I spin as an amateur DJ in 1997?
A 2021 “Gold Chains Edition” of Quasimoto’s 2005 album, with new artwork inspired by Sgt. Pepper’s. Note the name spelled out in bricks.
Recent album covers for MidaZ the Beast and Mavi have drawn inspiration from Shel Silverstein’s 1974 book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
A list of great hip-hop books from the early years of the genre.
Audio Recon answers a few questions about its vinyl reissues featuring illustrations by Ghostshrimp.
Meek Mill is rendered in a thug’s dreams and nightmares. Artwork by Nina Chanel Abney.
A list of great collaborations between female rappers.
The Record Store Day pressing of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata ’84 has art inspired by a design Island Records used in 1983 and 1984.
A list of songs inspired by the idea that hip-hop is a woman.