Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually h ... More >>
To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>
George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
On Saturday, December 14, Off Broadway will host "The 12 Bassists of Christmas," a holiday spectacular presented by Bruiser Queen and featuring Sleepy Kitty and Middle Class Fashion. Notably, there's only one bassist -- MCF's Brian McClelland -- between all three lineups. BQ's Morgan Nusbaum started ... More >>
Kids don't listen to what teacher's putting down? Gabe Moskoff, a.k.a. DJ Trackstar, wants to reach them through rap.
Think the coasts have a lock on good MP3 blogs? Think again.
Unreal drops by to chat with Bob Schneider; we visit Africa and the Old School
Christian Scientist hip-hop artists Tucker Booth and Jonathan Toth have this underground rap thing down cold
The ten most radical hip-hop records of all time, including NWA, Public Enemy and...Mos Def?
Week of February 4, 2004
These days anyone can make a mix CD, and everyone does. Two local standouts manage to challenge as well as entertain.
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas
St. Louis art collector Gregg Smith shares his passion, the work of 1980s New York artists, in a new exhibition
Thursday, November 2; Galaxy
Grandpa's Ghost baffles New York listeners.
How long before Bill and Nancy Laurie move their newly purchased Grizzlies from Vancouver to Our Town?