Beastie Boys


The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 14, 1995, West Coast rap group the Pharcyde released the sublime LP Labcabincalifornia. It was the follow-up to…

November 17th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Bad Brains, H.R., Photo by Frank White © 1987

Band in D.C.:
Out of the nation’s capital,
Bad Brains came with extraordinary positivity

“What we discovered was PMA was really the Great Spirit,” says bassist and Bad Brains founding member Darryl Jenifer. “The…

July 28th, 2015 | | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Idris Muhammad

Legendary funky drummer Idris Muhammad, 74, has died

  The legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, has died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has confirmed. This…

July 31st, 2014 | | News

Subsuelo Presents “Los Tres Marks”

“Los Tres Marks” was an experimental collaboration organized by Subsuelo, who brought together Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), and Mark de Clive-Lowe

December 18th, 2013 | | Videos

Souls of Mischief 93 ’til Infinity 20th Anniversary Mixtape

After appearing on the B-side of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s “Mistadobalina” in 1991 on a track called “Burnt,” a young rap quartet hailing from East Oakland, California, gained due attention…

October 4th, 2013 | | Mixtape
Soul Train book

An excerpt from the book Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train

By 1979, the music industry was changing fast, and Soul Train and Don Cornelius were struggling to keep up.

October 2nd, 2013 | | Articles
E.Z. Mike, circa 1989. Photo courtesy of Mario Caldato Jr.

E.Z. Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers pulls endless possibilities from the funky past

Upon my first occasion to visit the Dust Brothers’ legendary studio, PCP Labs, in the Los Feliz area of Los…

May 20th, 2013 | | Articles
Press photo courtesy the Adler Archives

The Kurtis Blow Interview

Squeaky clean and well spoken, driven and young, Kurtis Blow adored the spotlight as much as it adored him. And while there were notable contemporaries—Melle Mel, Lovebug Starski, or DJ Hollywood, for example—they all lacked the charisma that made Kurtis a mainstream figure.

August 13th, 2012 | | Articles
beatswap 19-5

Put some clothes on that ass

Most trained record-scavenging machines out there only need a big fat ATM withdrawal before a Beat Swap Meet. They’ll usually get coffee and a muffin too, time permitting.

July 26th, 2012 | | Guest Blog
Young Gun Silver Fox

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