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… »3/25/15 5:25pm3/25/15 5:25pm

Rich Gang Might Be Breaking Up, But It's Fine

Moment of silence, please. Last week, rapper Rich Homie Quan went on Atlanta's Hot 107.9 and said he was taking a break from Rich Gang, his celebrated duo with Young Thug. (As you'll recall, their Tha Tour Part 1 was one of the best mixtapes of 2014.) Which means it's probably the beginning of the end for those two.… »3/02/15 4:12pm3/02/15 4:12pm

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late ‘90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It’s very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. »1/29/15 2:18pm1/29/15 2:18pm

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… »5/01/14 2:34pm5/01/14 2:34pm

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… »3/28/14 2:43pm3/28/14 2:43pm

Now A High School Football Coach, Luther Campbell Is As Boring As He Wanna Be

The New York Times caught up with former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, who now coaches defense for a high school football team in the same Miami neighborhood in which he grew up. Among the revelations: Campbell might have five children with five different women, but he's now married to a lawyer and raising a… »11/06/12 3:40pm11/06/12 3:40pm