Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Chins To Reality ’06 To Your Soul

While I’m consumed with launching a new book project, tracking A’s trade rumors, and obsessing over the Meters, James Brown, hip-hop, the breakbeat, and the clavé for a longish, semi-smartish essay I’m working on, here’s some other fun reading… The list will grow the deeper all of the above gets: + The Source is homeless, […]

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005


Must be spring because hot music and hot music writing is breaking out all over. Here’s a deep, extensive piece by our girl Raquel Cepeda on the sound of this coming summer, Reggaetón. Need a Reggaetón 101? Pick up DJ Warrior, Big Dee, and DJ Strong’s El Reggaeton and El Reggaeton 2 mixCDs here. Check […]

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

HIGH ON HIS OWN SUPPLY In case yall missed this over the holiday weekend, here’s the best article on Jay-Z ever. It’s by the brilliant Elizabeth Mendez Berry, a Latina born in Colombia, raised in Toronto, now living in NYC, late of Vibe now at Honey. In that brief bio are at least three strikes […]

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Saturday, August 16th, 2003

Hey yall, I’m teaching a class on Music Writing through Media Alliance in November, you can sign up here if you’re interested!

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Saturday Nite Fresh : An Interview With Uncle Jamm’s Army

In tribute to the late great Rodger “Uncle Jamm” Clayton, here are large excerpts from a 1994 interview conducted by me and Mike Nardone, featuring Iceberg and Egyptian Lover. Plus, you can download the original Rap Pages article…

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Hip-Hop, Copyright + Cultural Legacy, Part 1 :: A Conversation With Angus Batey

Angus Batey is a one of the most original and thoughtful music critics and cultural journalists I know. Over the past couple of weeks, we had an email exchange that began as an interview for a piece he was doing on hip-hop reissues. That excellent piece was published at The Guardian, where he writes regularly. […]

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Monday, September 13th, 2010

On Hip-Hop Criticism, Race and Generation :: Richard Beck Vs. Thomas Chatterton Williams

Here is a compelling piece by Richard Beck in the new N+1. Along with Nitsuh Abebe’s “Decade In Indie” piece and Rachel Maddux’s “Is Indie Dead?” piece, this is some seriously passionate, seriously good writing. They are good because of their risk and ambition, their desire to take on Big Questions in this age of […]

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Friday, June 4th, 2010

MIA v. Hirschberg

And MIA wins. Here are the details on MIA’s takedown of Hirschberg. The offending interview snippets are actually posted now on her website. Which BTW all but confirms that everything we suspected about the piece being pre-written was true. Hirschberg’s response that MIA’s posting of their interview was “fairly unethical and infuriating” is hilarious–this from […]

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

How To Wreck A Nice Beach :: The Bay Tour

The mothership is landing… –> Flyer for Bay events –> How To Wreck A Nice Website If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this book since you first heard rap music when you were a shorty. It is true that I once called him the best hip-hop writer ever born–all respect due to Greg […]

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Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Why You (Still) Can’t Get CSWS On Amazon

First thing to say is that work on these two books has been kicking my ass. I’ll admit it has been easier to tweet than blog. I’ll also want to say that it sucks that this is the topic to get me back up on the blog, since I still have some much better posts […]

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