Category Archives: Music

Eminem reissues breakout album ‘The Slim Shady LP’ 20 years after

“Hi! My name is!” – many introductions in the history have been started with this famous opening line, that rocket the Slim Shady into the rap history, bringing Eminem aka Marshall Mathers along for the ride. “The Slim Shady LP” was released 20 years ago, and, the singer says, he’s marking the anniversary by reissuing the […]

Novella based on Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” video

The Beastie Boys’s video for “Sabotage” is one of the all-time greats. Not only is the song itself one of the best from the group’s stacked catalog, but Spike Jonze directing MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D as they run around in thick mustaches and aviators, playing pretend ‘70s cops, is an eternal delight. A quarter-century after “Sabotage” […]

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

25 years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan released their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Today, or more precisely this spring, we’ll be watching a four-hour Showtime documentary about the most influential hip-hop groups of all time and how it all came to be. How did it all start? Wu-Tang Clan was formed in the […]

Nas: Nasir album review

Two years after claiming he’d finished his album, Nas’ Nasir finally came out back in June of 2018. Mixed reviews Race discrimination, police brutality, conspiracy theories, these are all classic Nas subjects. Yet, upon its release, the album received mixed reviews. You could say that the worst part about Nas’ latest album is Nas himself. […]

Biggie & Tupac – unsolved mysteries

Nick Broomfield explores one of the most pervasive conspiracy theories about the potentially-related deaths of two of hip-hop’s biggest stars and most compelling figures. While the results of Broomfield’s “investigation” into the theory that Suge Knight ultimately arranged the hits that took the lives of two of the genres brightest stars at the heights of their careers […]

10 Ways Nas’ “Illmatic” Changed Hip-Hop

Time is Illmatic. Nas’s debut album Illmatic is the crown jewel of the mid-’90s classics that still define the genre. Unlike Biggie’s Ready to Die or Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, which were released in its wake, Illmatic was the game-changer that forever transformed the landscape of East Coast hip-hop. Not only did it establish Nas as the Best Rapper Alive for 1994. it raised the stakes for hip-hop production, […]