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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Common Explains the New Video

Common Explains the New Video
Kingdom: Directed by Hype Williams
About a week ago, Common graced us with the release of his new single “Kingdom” off his upcoming album, Nobody’s Smiling, and the feedback has been nothing less than superb. Many hip-hop supporters have grown tired of the state of today’s hip-hop music, but it seems that this particular song has generated some [...]

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MJ: MAN OR THE MUSIC

MJ: MAN OR THE MUSIC
J.PERIOD & SPIKE LEE
The mixtape world’s master storyteller, J.PERIOD, joins Spike Lee & 40Acres.com to pay tribute to Michael Jackson with this exclusive mixtape. Mixing Michael’s classic hits with rare demo versions, remixes, and behind-the-scenes interview clips, J.PERIOD weaves together an 80-minute musical documentary that pays tribute to The King of Pop’s staggering [...]

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