Leaders 2020

10 Live Old-School Hip-Hop Tapes You Can Stream on YouTube

From The Cold Crush Brothers legendary battle with The Fantastic Five to a teenaged Rakim freestyling with a young Biz… Read More

August 11, 2022

From Maya Angelou To “Shameika”: The Importance Of Two Black Women in Fiona Apple’s Work

“Shameika,” a song based on a candid comment from a Black classmate, is one of the standout tracks on Fiona… Read More

April 23, 2020

Industry Rule #4080: 15 Times Rappers Have Fought to Leave Bad Contracts

From Chuck D to Lil Uzi Vert to Megan Thee Stallion, here are 15 instances in which a rap artist… Read More

April 21, 2020

“I Definitely Understand the Importance of Having a Good Story:” Carl Thomas Breaks Down the Making of His R&B Classic ‘Emotional’

Twenty years ago, Carl Thomas released his debut album, Emotional on Bad Boys Records. We talked to the singer about… Read More

April 17, 2020

10 Iconic RZA & DJ Premier Remixes to Check Out

The RZA and DJ Premier have both been able to produce legionary remixes, delivering fresh new versions that often supersede… Read More

April 13, 2020

The Legacy of A Tribe Called Quest’s Seminal Debut Album ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths Of Rhythm’

On April 10th, 1990, A Tribe Called Quest released their iconic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths Of… Read More

April 10, 2020

An Examination Of The Islamic References In Jay Electronica’s ‘A Written Testimony’

If there's any rapper who has been consistent with their references to Islam it's Jay Electronica. On his debut album,… Read More

April 8, 2020

Black, Entrepreneur-Minded LA Skateboarders are Expanding Their Creative Roots

Young Black skateboarders from Los Angeles have taken the blueprint established by the Z-Boys and expanded upon it, using their… Read More

April 7, 2020

XanMan is No Joke

DMV rapper XanMan has built a rep for providing some of the most warped, crude, in-your-face rhymes in contemporary rap.… Read More

March 20, 2020

Sada Baby & His “Dance Moves” Represent a New Detroit Sound

We spent some time with rising Detroit rapper Sada Baby, who talked about getting acceptance in his hometown, the death… Read More

March 18, 2020

Eight Takeaways From Jay Electronica (and JAY-Z’s) Momentous ‘A Written Testimony’

Jay Electronica (and JAY-Z) finally delivered and then some on A Written Testimony, a debut that was fully worth the… Read More

March 13, 2020

Terrace Martin Talks Growing Up in LA, Collaborating w/ Artist & Mourning Kobe Bryant’s Death [Interview]

We sat down with Terrace Martin to discuss his work ethic, obstacles in the music industry, and why women artists… Read More

March 11, 2020

How Horrorcore Became A Forgotten Sub-Genre

While horrorcore artists like Gravediggaz have all but disappeared, many of the characteristics of the sub-genre carry-on albeit with less… Read More

March 10, 2020

Five New Yorkers Describe How Michael Bloomberg’s Era of Stop-and-Frisk Changed New York City

Michael Bloomberg's support of stop-and-frisk during his time as New York City mayor continues to follow him in his 2020… Read More

March 3, 2020