New Jack City Is Turning 25. New Revelations From Its Writer Will Blow Your Mind.
Barry Michael Cooper on who was originally cast to play Pookie, the origins of the Nino Brown character, and more. By Jake Paine
[ AFH ]
The Five Heartbeats Turns 25!
Director Robert Townsend, writer Keenan Ivory Wayans and actor Leon Robinson on the making of the enduring film. By Crystal Shaw King
[ Ebony ]
How Dilated Peoples Rapper Evidence Inspired Locol’s Breakfast Menu.
Ev speaks on his involvement in Chef Roy Choi’s Watts restaurant, from his photography hanging on the walls to inspiring the Egg in a Hole (with help from The Alchemist). By Justin Bolois
[ First We Feast ]
Kanye West’s Life Story (In Lyrics).
Hundreds of songs. One autobiography. By Brendan Frederick
[ Genius ]
Talkin’ ‘Bout Houston: Bun B and ESG Remember the Year the City Broke Out.
“We had seen Death Row come to prominence, the 2Pac ascendance, we saw Bad Boy and all of that, and this was just the era where Houston kind of figured out how to make shit work. The music actually reflected not just the lifestyle of the city in general, but specific neighborhoods in the city.” By Matt Sonzala
[ Complex ]
Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs.
Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Brown for sampling fodder. By Reed Jackson
[ Noisey ]
“Fight the Power” Roars Back to Relevance at the Oscars.
Public Enemy anthem featured on Academy Awards telecast. By Jon Caramanica
[ New York Times ]
The Bronx’s Hip-Hop Boulevard Connects the Borough’s Past to Its Future.
Kool Herc and family comment on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue getting recognition from NY state. By Jackson Connor
[ Village Voice ]
Jazz Legend Archie Shepp Reflects On John Coltrane’s Quest For Musical Freedom.
“He wasn’t the kind of guy who acted like a guru. He was almost embarrassingly humble.” By Ryan Bray
[ CoS ]