The state of hip-hop as a significant genre of pop music has changed in just one week. Soon after the Pulitzer Prize committee cited Kendrick Lamar’s album Damn. as the first pop-music composition to receive its music award, a superior pop musician, Kanye West, posted a series of tweets that overshadowed Lamar’s album with a greater cultural impact than any pop-music production this century. The political world unfamiliar with the albums My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), a collaboration with Jay-Z titled Watch the Throne (2011), Yeezus (2013), and The Life of Pablo (2016) suddenly had to take notice of West as the most adventurous pop artist of the era. He bridged hip-hop’s R&B basis with punk-art fervor, dance-music flamboyance and art-rock audacity, but this is rare musical–political synchronicity. Continue Reading….
A Playlist Of Local Hip-Hop Artists You Should Listen To
To be a fan of Boston hip-hop is to be constantly in love and let down: in love with the culture, let down by the staunch indifference of the wider world.
Sometimes you even find yourself, maddeningly, forced to make the case that Boston-area hip-hop exists at all. “There’s really no scene in Boston [or] New England,” said the Worcester-bred rapper Joyner Lucas in a 2017 interview that resurfaced recently online, much to the chagrin of local hip-hop devotees. Sometimes it’s a struggle just to be seen. Continue Reading…
The Greatest Watches In Hip-Hop History
Hip-hop wouldn’t be hip-hop without diamond-encrusted watches – the clearest possible signal of having made millions at the apex of the charts.
Accordingly, top tier brands have gone above and beyond to satisfy the tastes of rappers as they make what – for most men at least – is the most expensive style purchase of their lifetime.
Presenting: the iciest hip-hip watches out there. Matching grill and Lamborghini Mercy sold separately. Continue Reading..
Hip Hop Album Sales: J. Cole’s “KOD” Makes Massive Billboard 200 Debut
What A Year (So Far): Hip Hop Is Exciting In 2018
his has been the most bizarre Kanye album promotional cycle to date. After almost a full year away, Mr. West returned to the Twitterverse two weeks ago with Yeezy designs and a number of benign musings bordering on life advice. Yet since then, the boldly unconventional producer and rapper, who has created some of the most influential albums of the 21st century, has been running rampant. One minute, his barrage of tweets are being made into hilarious New Yorker cartoons, and the next minute, he’s endorsing a number of right-wing figures, chief among them President Donald Trump. The subsequent firestorm of controversy has quickly come to dominate the news cycle, with pundits from both corners relentlessly trying to make sense of the outbursts. Continue Reading…