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Here Come the Big Steppers

Memorably deployed by Kendrick Lamar, the phrase “big stepper” usually means what it suggests. But it has also led to some surprising interpretations.

A Company Flow Fan’s DJ Bag in 1997

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?

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The 100 Best Rap Singles of 1992

The year marked the beginning of the second half of the “golden era,” when the genre’s greatest peaks and worst tragedies were just beyond the horizon.

Notable Hip-Hop Albums of 2021

Year two of the pandemic felt unsettled and chaotic, with a dearth of vital artists who dictated the culture. Despite it all, good rap music still exists.

The 100 Best Rap Singles of 1991

Of all the years when rap music grew into a global movement – the golden age years – 1991 may be the most difficult to summarize.

The 50 Best Rap Singles of 1980

The first full year of recorded rap music was marked by novelty 12-inches, rapping deejays, and one titanic 1979 smash that overshadowed them all.

The 100 Best Rap Singles of 1992

The year marked the beginning of the second half of the “golden era,” when the genre’s greatest peaks and worst tragedies were just beyond the horizon.

Notable Hip-Hop Albums of 2021

Year two of the pandemic felt unsettled and chaotic, with a dearth of vital artists who dictated the culture. Despite it all, good rap music still exists.

The 100 Best Rap Singles of 1991

Of all the years when rap music grew into a global movement – the golden age years – 1991 may be the most difficult to summarize.

The 50 Best Rap Singles of 1980

The first full year of recorded rap music was marked by novelty 12-inches, rapping deejays, and one titanic 1979 smash that overshadowed them all.