(From the Bill Adler archive at the Cornell Hip Hop Collection)
The inside story of when Run‑DMC met Aerosmith and changed music forever.
How "Walk This Way" crushed the walls of perceptions. By Geoff Edgers
[ Washington Post ]
Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels Reflects on Raising Hell and Intimidating Music Buyers in ’86.
A look back at legendary times. By Chaz Kangas
[ Complex ]
Prince's 'Gett Off' and the 24-Year Mystery of an Iconic Hip-Hop Sample.
Is it a horn or is it a scream? Questlove and Everlast comment on the “controversy” over the distinguishing sound of “Jump Around." By Zach Schonfeld
[ Newsweek ]
DJ Quik and Problem on Making Timeless Rap, Remembering Prince.
"I don't want Quik fucking rapping like the Migos." By David Drake
[ RollingStone ]
DJ Maseo Recalls The Tour Fights That Inspired Songs From De La Soul Is Dead .
“‘Bitties In The BK Lounge’” is a true story. By Jerry Barrow
[ WatchLoud ]
Masta Ace Gives a Master Class on Longevity in Hip Hop.
Also discusses concept of new album, The Falling Season . By Jordan C.
[ Mass Appeal ]
Intimate Photos of ’90s Hip-Hop’s Biggest Stars, From the Woman Who Styled Them.
Article on Misa Hylton and her days working with Uptown and Bad Boy artists. By Marcus Holmlund
[ New York Times ]
Def Jam’s Old School Website Is an Amazing Relic of ’90s Web Design.
The iconic record label had a terrible website just like everyone else did back then. By Bucky Turco
[ Mass Appeal ]
David Banner On “Black Fist” Video , White Media & The State Of Men In Hip-Hop.
“If you feel a certain way about my video, then it shows you the white supremacist that is deep inside of you." By Yohance Kyles
[ AllHipHop ]
Bootleg Tupac, Chronic 2000 , & Suge’s Psychotic Revenge: The Weird & Forgotten Final Days of Death Row Records.
Life at Tha Row after the mass exodus. By Andrew Barber
[ Stereogum ]
Brooklyn Designates ‘Notorious B.I.G. Day’ to Honor Biggie.
May 21 christened special day. By Katie Reilly
[ Time ]
Trini Gladiator: How Phife Dawg Influenced Caribbean MCs From Here to Grenada.
“Any kid from that era who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, or anywhere in the Caribbean, hearing his shout outs and references meant everything.” By Jason Fitzroy Jeffers
[ LargeUp ]
I Never Walk Alone (Peace, Amazulu).
"The impact of the cultural exchange, community spirit, social justice, and obvious positive contributions to Hip Hop culture (and other creative circles) that Zulus from around the world are responsible for should be celebrated at the highest levels. With that said, I find it almost surreal to say that I must now officially and respectfully step down as a member of the Universal Zulu Nation organization." By Rakaa (Iriscience)
[ Medium ]
Hard 2 Obtain’s “L.I. Groove”: An Appreciation
Nassau County representers' summer anthem gets its props. By Pete Tosiello
[ Passion of the Weiss ]
The Library: A-F-R-O (All Flows Reach Out) Interview.
The much anticipated 18 year old talks about working with R.A. The Rugged Man, Premo, his soon to be released debut album, and why he loves to rhyme. By Tim Einenkel
[ The Library ]
Unbreakable: Former No Limit Star Mac Tells All From Prison.
"There’s nothing they can pay me for those years. Those years are gone, man. I just want to be with my family." By Trent Clark
[ HipHopDX ]
An NYC Mambo, Boogaloo and Salsa Family Tree.
Explore the major players, musical connections and memorable hits. By Pablo Yglesias
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
The Waco Horror.
What does it mean to share a name with the victim of one of the most infamous lynchings in American history? By Jesse Washington
[ The Undefeated ]
The Star of the Original Roots Explains Why the Remake Is Must-Watch Television.
LeVar Burton on why the history of slavery in America isn't just for black people. By W. Kamau Bell
[ Mother Jones ]