Articles tagged “hip hop”

A Tribe Called Quest’s First Album Would Have Been Impossible To Make In 2020

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A Tribe Called Quest didn’t debut with People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths Of Rhythm, they teleported. The mystic wind chimes blanketing the faint cries of a child on the intro track (“Push It Along”) sound as if the arrival of a new sound was impending. Once the album starts, listeners go on a 65-minute […]

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Blackalicious: The Sounds Of Hope

I did my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis. It was not my first choice of schools. In fact, I did not get to contemplate where I went to school; that was dictated by my parents. They were both UCD alumni, and that was really my only option. Within 24 hours of moving […]

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Best Of The Decade: Run The Jewels

Editor’s Note: Shining a light on the more prominent artists of the passing decade; we’ll be taking a look at the artists who made a monumental impact on the 2010s and landed several albums in our 200 Best Albums Of The 2010s list in a series of pieces through the end of 2019. Today we’re […]

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Best Of The Decade: Childish Gambino

Editor’s Note: Shining a light on the more prominent artists of the passing decade, we’ll be taking a look at the artists who made a monumental impact on the 2010s and landed several albums in our 200 Best Albums Of The 2010s list in a series of pieces through the end of 2019. Childish Gambino‘s […]

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Best Of The Decade: Kendrick Lamar

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Editor’s Note: Shining a light on the more prominent artists of the passing decade, we’ll be taking a look at the artists who made a monumental impact on the 2010s and landed several albums in our 200 Best Albums Of The 2010s list in a series of pieces through the end of 2019. Kendrick Lamar‘s […]

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Bobbito Garcia: Cassettes Helped Spread Hip-Hop Around the World

Any nascent musical genre spreads through word of mouth initially. Before the suits would come in and commodify a sound, you’d have buzz on the streets and — in past decades, anyway — DJs unearthing the hottest underground tracks. That was even truer for hip-hop than most genres. It was thoroughly rooted in live communal […]

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