The Birth Of Def Jam

The Birth Of Def Jam
with Rick Rubin
In this Rolling Stone interview, Def Jam founder and legendary producer Rick Rubin returns to the New York University dorm room where his career began in the early 1980s and reminisces about the birth of hip hop. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings. With [...]

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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith

The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith
The Saga of Larry Smith
Remember when Run declared to the world that “Larry put me inside his Cadillac” on Run-DMC’s breakthrough single “Sucker MCs”? That very same Caddy was featured at the start of the iconic “Rock Box” video, which showed the song’s producer, Larry Smith—along with Run-DMC and their extended entourage—tumbling out of the ride, [...]

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How Hip Hop Got Its Name

How Hip Hop Got Its Name
know The Ledge !
The origins of the phrase go deeper than Sugarhill Gang. Hip-hop — they were the first words on the genre’s first big hit, the Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 song,Rapper’s Delight.” But at the time no one—not even the young kids who had invented the music, the dances, the rhymes, and the visual art of [...]

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XXL’s A Great Day in Hip Hop

XXL’s A Great Day in Hip Hop
16 Years Later
Michael Gonzales takes a look back at the circumstances behind one of rap music’s greatest magazine covers on its 16th anniversary. Back in 1991, when I was in my late 20s, I was good friends with a talented photographer named Alice Arnold. A short white chick from California, she knew more [...]

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‘Ready to Die’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape

‘Ready to Die’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape
Mixed by Chris Read
Last Saturday (13th September) marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of one of hip hop's all time classic albums, The Notorious BIG's seminal Bad Boy Records debut LP 'Ready to Die'. In celebration of the album’s 20th birthday, Who Sampled That ! teamed up with Wax Poetics to present [...]

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The beauty and horror of 1950s America

The beauty and horror of 1950s America
In pictures
Master photographer Robert Frank uncovered the extraordinary in everyday life on his travels around the US in the 1950s, from identical twins and moody commuters to the H of the Hollywood sign and a giant Joan Crawford. Here’s a selection of his remarkable photographs. [...]

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EXPLORE BAM’S COLLECTION

EXPLORE BAM’S COLLECTION
INSIDE CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Afrika Bambaataa is credited to be one of the earliest influencers of hip hop culture. The iconic DJ/producer has been a part of the scene for more than three decades. In their Hip Hop Collection library, Cornell University has collected historical artifacts from the scene with hundreds of party flyers, [...]

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Watch the Sound

Watch the Sound
The Beat Junkies
The newest episode of the Beat Junkies' web series "Watch The Sound". This episodes features the incredible "Scratch Scientist", the one and only D-Styles. "It's like this......" This is the latest episode of a series of incredible 'sound' produced by this incredible crew. Melo-D, Babu, Rhettmatic, Mr Choc & many [...]

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Check the Technique Volume 2

Check the Technique Volume 2
More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies
Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies by Hip Hop journalist Brian Coleman is slated to be released in October. The 544-page book covers 25 acclaimed rap albums and will be released on Wax Facts Press. The book is available for a limited time pre-sale via [...]

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Riot on the Set

Riot on the Set
Do the Right Thing Anthem
How Public Enemy Crafted the Anthem 'Fight the Power' Twenty-five years after 'Do the Right Thing,' Spike Lee, Public Enemy and Branford Marsalis reflect on the film's anthem. (...) The director may have asked for an anthem for his 1989 chronicle of big-city racial tensions, but what he got was a salvo. [...]

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