The Bob James albums One, Two, and Three contributed to the sonic foundation of hip-hop.
"I mentioned John Gotti because it was the topic of the times. Any part of the violence that I wrote about were things I saw, even if I didn’t directly participate in all of it."
"RZA's beats had a grimey, rock-like feel to them. The majority of the album was done at RZA's house, in the basement."
DJ Babu, part of the World Famous Beat Junkies and Dilated Peoples, shares his top ten records, a list that tells the story of his maturation as a kid in Oxnard to a world-class, international DJ.
The D.I.T.C. producer is on a habitual quest for musical knowledge.
In just three years, this former chef has blazed a trail with vividly humorous rap tales and a larger-than-life personality that brings new-school flavor to classic New York hip-hop
An Oral History of Darondo Fandom
His solo sets are minimal; he croons and shreds guitar while triggering sounds from his laptop.
Notable contemporaries Melle Mel, Lovebug Starski, or DJ Hollywood, for example, all lacked the charisma that made Kurtis Blow a mainstream figure
In 1972, Tony Cook was fifteen, playing drums with his buddies onstage at an event sponsored by local radio when James Brown joined them unannounced. Brown performed “Get on the Good Foot” as the awestruck teens played behind him in full swing. The chance run-in forever altered Tony’s life and what would become his long, deep career.
Members of the Poets of Rhythm push forward with the Whitefield Brothers
"D.I.T.C. was something that just naturally happened. We were all in the same neighborhood, a block apart, each of us."
A definitive talk with Kool Keith
"My digging is off the chain! That's really the most important part of beatmaking—finding sounds that are dope."
Music talk with Tommy Guerrero
Gang Starr's mic man Guru