Music Feature

Hip-Hop Collective Van Buren Records Reps The First Majority Black City In New England

Hailing from Brockton, Massachusetts, Van Buren Records is poised to become the state's next breakout rap act. As I was… Read More

November 8, 2021

Behind the Beat: How 03 Greedo & Ron-Ron Changed West Coast Rap With “Rude”

For our latest Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with producer Ron-Ron about the special partnership he shares with 03… Read More

August 24, 2021

How a Portion of A Tribe Called Quest’s Royalties Became An NFT — And How the Group Plans on Getting it Back

A Tribe Called Quest is currently trying to retrieve a share of their sound recording royalties that was recently auctioned… Read More

August 10, 2021

These Artists Are Defining Atlanta’s Underground Queer Music Scene

From GodIsMikey's quick-witted lyricism to Alto Moon's all-encompassing pop star persona, these are the artists defining Atlanta's underground queer music… Read More

June 29, 2021

Behind the Beat: Cool & Dre on How “Hate It Or Love It” was the Beginning & End for The Game & 50 Cent

For Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Cool and Dre about producing The Game and 50 Cent's "Hate It… Read More

May 21, 2021

6 Female Producers on What Fans Can Do to Support Women in the Music Industry

The music industry is male-dominated but that doesn't mean women aren't flourishing. Meet six Black female producers pushing creative boundaries.… Read More

April 27, 2021

Retro Neo: KIRBY on How D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Helped Her Heal During the Pandemic

Retro-Neo is an interview series where we speak with future trailblazers of neo-soul about their connection to the genre. In… Read More

April 22, 2021

Behind the Beat: How Jahlil Beats & Bobby Shmurda Made a Hood Anthem For All Ages With “Hot N*gga”

In the latest installment of Behind The Beat, Thomas Hobbs spoke with Jahlil Beats about how he and Bobby Shmurda… Read More

April 15, 2021

Retro Neo: KeiyaA on How Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes” Changed Her Life

Retro-Neo is an interview series where we speak with future trailblazers of neo-soul about their connection to the genre. For… Read More

April 6, 2021

The Case For Protecting Hip-Hop’s Founders

Led by figures like LL COOL J and Swizz Beatz, there is a small movement happening to ensure hip-hop's founders… Read More

March 18, 2021

Thank Erica Banks for the “Buss It” Challenge, the Latest Viral TikTok Trend

Erica Banks shares her thoughts on the super-viral "Buss It" Challenge which features a sample of Nelly's "Hot In Here."… Read More

January 11, 2021

Behind the Beat: Ski Beatz & Camp Lo Created a New Language With “Luchini AKA This Is It”

Behind The Beat is a new series where journalist Thomas Hobbs talks to rap producers about the making of their… Read More

December 1, 2020

Behind the Beat: Dame Grease on How Disco Music Inspired DMX’s “Get At Me Dog”

Behind The Beat is a new series where journalist Thomas Hobbs interviews rap producers about the making of their most… Read More

November 5, 2020

The Secret History Of 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’’

Read all the nitty gritty behind 50 Cent's classic opus, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. In some ways New York… Read More

February 6, 2018