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26 November, 2014 3:25 pm

My newest piece for Cuepoint examines why Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back is the greatest rap album of all time. I spoke with Chuck D about the new reissues of Nation and Fear Of A Black Planet, why it took so long for them to come out, and [cont.]

25 November, 2014 9:58 pm

Longtime rap scribe Byron Crawford was at the St. Louis, MO Run The Jewels concert on Monday night, while the Ferguson riots took place just 15 miles away. He reports for Cuepoint. Run The Jewels Stage a Rap Show During a Race Riot

24 November, 2014 2:58 pm

In the latest entry into Stretch Armstrong’s Cassette Culture, which featured Kid Capri live at The Building NYC in 1990, Stretch dissects the set and tells the tale of the tape. Includes an amazing live recording of the set, which features tracks from A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, P.Y.T., and others being played in [cont.]

20 November, 2014 1:43 am

Over at Cuepoint, Grandmaster Caz weighs in on the death of Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang. For those that don’t know, Hank stole Caz’s rhymes for “Rapper’s Delight,” and saw platinum success in the process. Caz makes peace with the issue. Meanwhile, we get an in-depth interview piece with DJ Hollywood, the Harlem [cont.]

19 November, 2014 2:27 am

Over at Cuepoint, Questlove and other obsessive record collectors are chronicled in Eilon Paz’s Dust & Grooves, a photography and interview project. The Secret Lives of Vinyl Hoarders

12 November, 2014 11:29 am

Also today at Cuepoint, I’ve written some things about A-Trak’s pioneering label, Fool’s Gold Records. A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold: No Days Off

11 November, 2014 4:05 pm

Over at Cuepoint today, author Marcus Baram offers scenery from his new book Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, explaining the origins of his seminal track, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Aside from being a classic record in itself, the song has been sampled on hip-hop tracks such as Common & DJ Premier’s “The [cont.]

10 November, 2014 8:26 pm

Still trying to understand the Bobby Shmurda phenomenon? Over at Cuepoint, DJ Louie XIV weighs in on this inexplicable hype machine run wild. Get up out my trap house. Bobby Shmurda and the Weirdest White Girl Anthem Ever

4 November, 2014 3:31 pm

Today over at Cuepoint, HipHopSite scribe Daniel Mascari (aka Dan Dada) pens a piece about the history of classic beat and rhythm machines, delving deep into the origins of popular external sound creation devices such as the MPC, the TR-808, the SP-1200, and the creation of Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock.” Read on, true believers… Looking [cont.]

3 November, 2014 6:37 pm

With election day upon us, Cuepoint examines when musicians endorse a candidate; in this case Jay Z and James Brown. Election Day Sets a Funky Precedent

31 October, 2014 2:34 am

This might be a bit off topic, however I know a lot of hip-hop heads are fans of Portishead. This is my latest piece for Cuepoint, which traces the origins of Portishead’s seminal debut album, Dummy, which is 20 years old this year. I spoke to many of the people who were involved with the [cont.]

27 October, 2014 4:35 pm

Over at Cuepoint, longtime rap scribe Oliver “O-Dub” Wang speaks on DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist’s recently wrapped Renegades Of Rhythm tour. Also on deck is Stretch Armtstrong’s Cassette Culture, where he revisits a classic DJ Shadow four-track mix. Check out both articles below. DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Return To Planet Rock Cassette Culture [cont.]

18 October, 2014 12:28 pm

J-Zone pens a brilliant piece for Cuepoint about the term “hater,” and how we now ostracize people for having an opinion. This goes with his new song “Mad Rap,” which you can also hear below. Can We Finally Bury the Word “Hater?”

16 October, 2014 5:44 pm

New over at Cuepoint, Unkut’s Robbie Ettelson delves deep into the history of forgotten Run DMC / Whodini producer, Larry Smith. Gaining access to Larry’s last recorded interview, Smith has suffered a stroke and is currently in state hospital, unable to afford decent care. Read this story, it’s an imporant one. The Triumphs and Tragedies [cont.]

13 October, 2014 8:58 pm

New over a Cuepoint, an excerpt from Brian Coleman’s forthcoming Check The Technique Vol. 2 book, which dissects classic hip-hop albums through a series of conversations with the artists and producers. Read on, true believers… The Making of Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”

10 October, 2014 1:06 pm

Longtime hip-hop scribe, Jeff Chang, explains the origins of the term hip-hop for Cuepoint. His new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, is out on October 21st. whowebe.net How Hip-Hop Got Its Name

9 October, 2014 4:39 pm

Head on over to Cuepoint to read Andreas Hale’s new piece on Nas’ seminal debut album and its accompanying film, Time Is Illmatic. How ‘Illmatic’ Saved Nas

6 October, 2014 11:09 am

My latest piece for Cuepoint, an analytical look at the relationship of Beyoncé and Jay Z. Beyoncé and Jay Z: Still Crazy In Love

26 September, 2014 4:18 pm

Talib Kweli responds to Stefan Schumacher’s original article, It’s Finally Time To Stop Caring About Lauryn Hill. In Defense Of Ms. Hill

24 September, 2014 4:51 am

New on Cuepoint today, former Fat Beats employee Kathy Iandoli talks about the death of cratedigging, speaking to both DJ Premier and Diamond D about it. The Lost Art Of Cratedigging

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