The Story Of O.J.

The Story Of O.J.
Still a Nigga
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga / Still nigga, still nigga. Così rappa Jay Z nel ritornello del singolo The Story of O.J. tratto dall’album 4:44, nuovo lavoro del rapper, imprenditore e moghul di Brooklyn. Il pezzo, accompagnato da [...]

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Protest Music Playlist

Protest Music Playlist
The soundtrack of the Protest Music Live Set
Di seguito le canzoni, gli artisti e i video dei pezzi che costituiscono l'ossatura del Protest Music Live Set. Nel 2014-15, la musica rap impegnata ha vissuto una sorta di rinascita, dall'underground al mainstream. Questa nuova ondata di liriche di lotta sono state ispirate da un forte movimento politico di [...]

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THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING

THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING
Debunking the historical Hype
Hip-hop is plagued by mythology. Whether it is the idea that Brooklyn disco DJ’s invented the music, or that breaking comes from capoeira, or that a short-lived gang truce is what gave the culture life, there seems to be no shortage of people eager to take credit for one or another aspect of hip-hop. What’s worse, [...]

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The 10 Best Jazz Rap Albums

The 10 Best Jazz Rap Albums
Hip Hop & Jazz best albums
Back when A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip was a teenager, the legend goes, his father overheard him playing some hip hop and said it reminded him of bebop. That connection, drawn in the opening seconds of Tribe’s 1991 album The Low End Theory, at first seems a little odd. Musically, late [...]

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EMPIRE SKATING RING

EMPIRE SKATING RING
AN ORAL HISTORY
Empire Roller Skating Center first opened its doors on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, way back in 1941. Across the street was Ebbets Field, when it was still the Dodgers’ ballpark. Over the following six decades, Empire saw as many changes as the neighborhood around it, including a series [...]

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Keith Haring, downtown e hip hop

Keith Haring, downtown e hip hop
Da Louder than a Bomb
Il seminterrato era completamente ricoperto di disegni dal pavimento al soffitto, da quelli realizzati con pennarelli argento e oro su plastica nera, ai dipinti dedicati a Brooke Shields ispirati alla campagna pubblicitaria dei jeans Calvin Klein. Tutti erano eccitati dalla presenza massiccia di tutte quelle opere, tutti proprio tutti dicevano: [...]

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The History of the Fade

The History of the Fade
Detailing Black Roots
Ebony.com series detailing the origins of black roots - If there was ever a haircut that exemplified coolness, it has to be none other than the fade. The hairstyle originated in the U.S. military around the ‘40s and ‘50s. Since the military is known for having strict grooming standards, it’s no [...]

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No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !

No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !
by jon caramanica
The most valuable and also vexing thing about nightclubs is that you can’t get in. Not to the good ones, at least. Not unless you are in the know, or in good standing with people who are, or are diligent and passionate and perhaps willing to part with a bit [...]

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No Halfsteppin

No Halfsteppin
Here you can read some Reviews
My first ever book in english it's out: No HalfSteppin. Published by Wax Poetics and co-authored with Paradise Gray aka the Architek from the mighty X Clan, the book an oral and pictorial history on the legendary NY city club The Latin Quarter and the birth of the Golden Age. [...]

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Anti-apocalypse Mixtape

Anti-apocalypse Mixtape
Music for the Activists
Here’s a quick, 30-song mixtape for the organisers, writers, thinkers, movers and dreamers who are in the constant struggle against the white supremacist, anti-queer, anti-Muslim, ableist, nativist, populist hot mess that we’re in right now — which predated this particular election cycle. If you’re like me and you need music to function, [...]

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No Sleep

No Sleep
NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988 to 1999
A glorious era of hip-hop, house, and avant-garde cardboard artwork reflecting the energy of the downtown music scene. No Sleep is a visual history of the halcyon days of New York City club life as told through flyer art—gathered in a new volume by myself and Evan Auerbach. Spanning the late 1980s through the [...]

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