Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about…

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The White Chief Keef Has Arrived, And He's Everything You'd Expect

This video, by Chicago-area rapper Brewski, was sent to us by someone promoting "Brewski (The White Chief Keef)." There's a whole lot one could say about that, but it might just be best to watch the video, in which Brewski—who is at one point spotted wearing a Duke jersey, who has previously been seen ciphering at…

The History Of New York Hip-Hop In One Packed Map

As part of their ambitious 100 Years of New York Music coverage, New York magazine commissioned Sarah King—known for her dense, typographical illustrations—to make a map of notable hip-hop landmarks in the city. Check out 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, which may be the "birthplace of Hip-Hop," and the Stapleton…

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