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Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12th, 2014 | Dean Van Nguyen | Guest Blog
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Polysom is Brazil’s most popular—and only—vinyl pressing plant

Around the Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio de Janeiro, used vinyl abounds. Vendors haul crates in with wheelbarrows and prop records up on building façades, lazily keeping an eye out for customers while they chat with taxi drivers and doormen…

July 9th, 2014 | Gregory Scruggs | Guest Blog
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Michael Jackson Is Still the King

Five years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. He was one of the very few artists who transcended the world of music and the world as a whole through his irrevocable influence.

June 26th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Guest Blog
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Without isolation there could have been no 1520 Sedgwick, no Wu-Tang, no Project Blowed

  One of the things that really fascinates me about art in the contemporary era is that it is being…

May 14th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Dub Sound System

Everybody loves sound systems. Besides venue owners.

Ask around. Everybody loves sound systems, and sound-system culture at large. Instant street cred. So cool! So visual! Really sounds…

April 28th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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Illustrator Wilfred Limonious drew over 150 iconic dancehall LP covers

New book collects artists work, also displayed at Hometown HiFi in L.A.

April 17th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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Uptown Top Chinatown Swap Ranking

“I set up my own March Madness bracket…”

April 3rd, 2014 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog
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The film Babylon looks at London’s early ’80s sound-system scene

See this elusive film at Sonos Presents “HOMETOWN HIFI”

April 3rd, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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King Tubby’s salvaged speaker box

Until April 24, Wax Poetics is partnering with Sonos to present HOMETOWN HIFI, an art show about the roots of Jamaican sound system culture

March 27th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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Underground King of New York City Salsa Benny Vargas

Much is rightly celebrated about the rich legacy of the Bronx, El Barrio, and the LES and their contributions to salsa and Latin music in general.

March 11th, 2014 | Christian Mártir | Guest Blog
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Culture Is Cool But Society Happens

All of the folks featured in this post constitute a diffuse community of artists working together in myriad overlapping and divergent configurations throughout the country. They have used the internet to alter their social capacity.

January 14th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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Culture Is Cool…

I’m 32, and I started making rap music when I was 18. More importantly though, I live in the year 2013 right now, I was born in the year 1981, and I’ve been making rap music since 1999.

December 11th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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Keeping It Real

“Keeping it real,” has long been a proclamation of hip-hop. And while the phrase’s persistence is irrefutable, its recitation has grown to signify a much wider range of things than it may have had at its inception.

October 16th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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Denzel Curry

When I talked to Denzel last week, I wasn’t really surprised to find a rather articulate eighteen-year-old (he’s been rapping since he was twelve) expressing sentiments that distinguish him from his Carol City peers…

September 11th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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Humble Trappings

One thing that has made rap music inaccessible in recent times—in spite of its relentless pursuit of ubiquity—is exorbitance.

August 30th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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Do$age

The most recent offering from Durham, North Caorlina’s Do$age continues his heavily blunted quest to unearth every possible sample around him, and parlay a philosophy of sound that is universal and transcendent.

August 28th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/Tracks
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Pepperboy

What comes after gangster rap?

August 27th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/New Releases
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Bernie Worrell

It’s impossible for me to listen to Woo without remembering an incredible day I spent with Worrell in a recording studio a few years ago.

August 20th, 2013 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
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Tree

Tree is a twenty-nine-year-old artist from Chicago’s South Side.

August 15th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/Tracks
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Internet Synchronicity

“I kind of just feel like a kid in a candy shop,” Hemsworth says.

August 13th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/Tracks
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Horse Head

We’re not post-trap or post-cloud when you talk about the movement of signifiers and trends through hip-hop.

August 12th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/New Releases
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Consistency vs. Growth

DJ Muggs is a legend. Over twenty years in the game, and he’s still hungry as ever, experimenting, creating new…

May 8th, 2013 | Chris Pattinson | Guest Blog
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“Welcome to the Exciting World of Len Co.”

Distorted transmissions, sounding as though unearthed from a rusty 1950s time capsule, describe an array of colourful and uncanny gadgets, like a twisted Looney Tunes, opening and setting the quirky tone for Mr Len’s latest.

March 18th, 2013 | Alice Price-Styles | Guest Blog

A look back twenty years on Aaliyah’s short but influential career.

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