By 1990, hip-hop culture had inspired regional scenes across the United States. A series of maps attempted to mark the changes.
I recently spoke with The Ringer for a story about the 20th anniversary of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” which has become a pop landmark and perennial “jock jam.”
Memorably deployed by Kendrick Lamar, the phrase “big stepper” usually means what it suggests. But it has also led to some surprising interpretations.
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?
In the past two years, album covers for MidaZ the Beast and Mavi have drawn inspiration from Shel Silverstein’s 1974 children’s collection, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Audio Recon answers a few questions about its vinyl reissues featuring illustrations by Ghostshrimp.
The Record Store Day pressing of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata ’84 has vinyl label art inspired by a design Island Records used in 1983 and 1984.
Twenty years ago today, Madlib released this landmark album under the guise of Quasimoto. This San Francisco Bay Guardian essay was published during the time of its initial release.
These songs fulfill a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of recorded rap: when a crisis hits the Black community, the musicians shift to address it.
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to roil the globe, home has taken on a new urgency. This playlist assembled around a word is fraught with meaning.
As the world adapts to life under a global pandemic, the album art of several recent rap releases is having a noticeable impact.
Born in the 1980s, hip-house was a shotgun marriage between two hot springs of black innovation. Its reputation lies somewhere between unalloyed club bliss and pop kitsch.