Articles tagged “hip hop”

Why Missy Elliott Will Always Be the Queen of Hip-Hop

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I have been a hip-hop head as long as I can remember. OK, that is a lie. It goes back to when I was about 10 years old. My cousin had brought a piece of cardboard and a pair of fingerless gloves to Thanksgiving. After we ate our meal, we went out to my grandmother’s […]

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10 Classic Albums from Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ Record Label

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With all this talk of Beastie Boys in the context of the Spike Jonze-directed 2020 documentary, Beastie Boys Story, there isn’t a better time to revisit one of the most underrated facets of the band’s legacy. Launching with their seminal third album, Check Your Head, Grand Royal would become a full-fledged boutique label by late […]

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At 20 Years Old, Jurassic 5’s Quality Control Is Still a Hip-Hop Purism Crusade

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Everything you need to know about Jurassic 5 can be found in their name. The Los Angeles-bred collective consists of four MCs (Akil, Chali 2NA, Soup, and Marc 7) and two DJs (Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) and were more emblematic of an almost pre-historic time in hip-hop than they were representative of the present. Quality […]

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We’re Not Over The Roots’ How I Got Over Even After 10 Years

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Of all the albums to turn 10 years old this in 2020, The Roots’ How I Got Over might be the heaviest. The legendary Philly band’s moody homage to triumph over tragedy is a light at the end of the tunnel, but as featured MC Phonte said in his verse on “Now or Never,” there’s […]

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Why Drake’s Debut Album Was the Least-Drake Album Ever

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If you’re successful for long enough, you become less of a person and more of an idea. The name Warren Buffett is synonymous with wealth. Michael Jordan is synonymous with greatness. In 2020, after a decade of releasing albums, soundtracking memories, and breaking enough records, Drake the idea is one of variability. He’s earned Billboard […]

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Mariah Carey’s Debut Album Gave Us a Vision of the Future 30 Years Later

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In 1985, 17-year-old Ben Margulies found himself living in New York City and playing in a band called King Holiday. Things seemed to be going great; the group’s first show at the infamous CBGB got them signed to a development deal with Elektra Records. However, nothing ever came from the arrangement. Though King Holiday seemed […]

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