Golden Era Hip-Hop

De La Soul’s Discography Is Better Than A Tribe Called Quest’s

De La Soul tends to get left out of the best-ever conversation — especially alongside their fellow Native Tongue members A… Read More

November 30, 2021

Big Daddy Kane vs. KRS-One was the ‘Verzuz’ Battle Hip-Hop Needed

Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One put on a Verzuz show for the ages at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Verzuz… Read More

October 18, 2021

Large Professor’s Score For Hip-Hop Skating Doc Brings Boom-Bap Into The Present [Interview]

Large Professor spoke with Okayplayer about scoring All The Streets Are Silent, a new documentary that explores the intersection of hip-hop… Read More

August 3, 2021

You Can’t Tell the Story of Streetwear Without Mentioning Shirt Kings

Based out of Jamaica Queens, the Shirt Kings were ground zero for streetwear. We spoke with Shirt Kings co-founder Mighty… Read More

June 17, 2021

Kurtis Blow on the Mend After Receiving A Heart Transplant

Kurtis Blow recently underwent successful heart transplant surgery. On Monday, Kurtis Blow received a heart transplant at a Los Angeles… Read More

December 7, 2020

The Pharcyde’s “Drop” is Hip-Hop’s Most Innovative Video

The Pharcyde's now 25-year-old album, Labcabincalifornia, saw the hip-hop group make a notable shift in their sound and lyrical content,… Read More

November 13, 2020

Viral Video Breaks Down How We’ve All Been Rapping Audio Two’s “Top Billin” Wrong

Specifically the "Suckers that's down with me" line from "Top Billin." Looks like we've been rapping a specific but crucial… Read More

September 8, 2020

Ten Great Instagram Pages to Follow if You Love Hip-Hop

From breaking videos to old graffiti photos to informative tidbits about hip-hop history, here are 10 Instagram pages dedicated to… Read More

February 12, 2020

Watch Rakim Rap His Unreleased 1990 Diss Towards Big Daddy Kane

Rakim appeared on the Breakfast Club to tell old war stories. On Tuesday, September 24th,  Rakim published his memoir Sweat… Read More

September 26, 2019

Big Daddy Kane on His Legendary Career: “It Was Never About the Money, It Was Really to Showcase My Skills” [Interview]

We talked to Big Daddy Kane about his legacy, the making of the posse cut "Show and Prove," and why… Read More

September 26, 2019

How Run-DMC’s Iconic Debut Album Ushered in a New Era in Hip-Hop

On March 27th, 1984, Run-DMC released their self-titled debut album. After the album was released, it was clear that things… Read More

March 27, 2019

How Stop The Violence Movement’s “Self Destruction” Became One of the Most Important Rap Releases

In 1988, hip-hop was at a crossroads. After a series of violent incidents, anti-rap backlash from mainstream outlets was at… Read More

January 15, 2019