‘We Have Seen The Best Of Our Time’ – Ta-Nehisi Coates points to Shakespeare’s King Lear to illustrate the mystery and beauty of a text’s rhythm, a concept that figures into his won attempt to deploy a “hip-hop approach” to memoir, inspired by Faulkner and Nas.
Quarterly Rap Up: Q1 2011 – Ivan compiles 50 choice tracks from January through the end of March.
REVIEW: “The Fly 2″ – hl examines the most recent effort from Gun Rule, Michigan’s Willie The Kid.
Rakim’s definitive moment of the noughties – There are two moments here, really, one musical and the other unintentional comical, covered in tandem as only the Martorialist can do.
White Label: 041787 ft. Ultra Magnetic MC’s – mytee thor excavates acetate gold from the original avante-garde crew.
Aggressive Content – GuttaBoy Jihad reminds us that aggressive content is the bedrock of this new school rap shit, and provides us with a brief homemade compilation of Tony Yayo/Uncle Murda collaborations.
The Death of the Savior Emcee – Aaron Matthews examines the peculiar notion of the messianic emcee.
dreamin like biggie did when he was my age – done discusses HHC’s 100 best albums from ’95-’05 list.
Some Boston Beats (and Rhymes) This Week – In honor of their live appearance in the Boston Area, wayneandwax discusses Las Rakas, the Afro-Latino Bay Area by way of Panama rappers.
Mystery solved: “Bronco” settles Mobb Deep sampling question that’s remained hidden since ’95 – Oliver “O-Dub” Wang discusses the culture of online sample-sleuthing.
Album Review – MCM – Ryan Proctor’s review turns into a full-blown history lesson of UK rap group Caveman.
Nightmares Of A Past Reality – J. Tinsley discusses This’l’s video “I Hate You,” a remorse filled account of the drug trade.
Queen – The BASIC Bootlegs – The remains of a mid-90s scrapped Queen remix project featuring everyone from Rick Rubin to Chyskillz to Organized Konfusion and Trent Reznor sees the light of day, thanks to The Unheard.
Boo Yaa! – The Boo Yaa Tribe meets prince Paul. Werner Von Wallenrod has the details.
Domo Genesis – Rolling Papers [REVIEW] – Yayo reviews Odd Future’s least rape-tastic release.
Fast doubletime rap – Noz notes the seemingly coincidental independent emergence of similar fast rap styles across the country.
Ayo Tone sat down wit these soft niggas to discuss some shit…nahmean! – More hilarity from Big Ghost.
Choppa’s definitive moment of the noughties – The Martorialist travels to the shadows of the internet to find the diamond in the rough.
Lil B, Wolf Gang, Young L – Noz ponders whether or not the internet-popular rappers need the major labels.
drank and my two steps back – done reflects on his Jansport past and finds new reasons to appreciate an old People Under The Stairs album.
Tony Yayo & Danny Brown – Hawaiian Snow [REVIEW] – Maxwell Casaveno tells us why we should not sleep on the Tony Yayo/Danny Brown collaborative mixtape.
“Our ship sailed…” – Noz points out where a poor attempt at being deep amounts to shitty poetry while the everyone else falls for the trick.
Full Clip: DJ Quik Breaks Down His Catalogue – The title says it all.