Before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, rapper Common spoke briefly about slain teen Mike Brown and the tension in Ferguson since Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 before leading those assembled in a moment of silence. "Hi ... 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 >>
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."
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 >>
By Jonah Bromwich You enter the room and they're already there. Some of the names you recognize: Randa the Rhyma (45 wins), Gig@ntic (48 wins), and Novice Raps (53 wins). You've checked the boards obsessively, but you've only ever been here before anonymously, as a guest. This is your first appeara ... More >>
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