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Culture Kings

You are not going to find mainstream brands such as Phat Farm and Zoo York at this underground hipster store on the outer fringe of Miami's Design District. No way, son. You will only turn up labels like Crooks & Castles, 10 Deep, Kidrobot, and the Hundreds, ones only true...

Top Hip-Hop Albums of 2008

6 years ago by Dan Leroy
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak (Def Jam) West's fourth album almost completely dispensed with rapping, thereby perplexing and vexing scores of fans and supporters. The music itself was low-key, chilly techno that featured West's Auto-Tuned croon as the most prominent element; inevitably, what support West loses from his fan base...

Top Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

6 years ago by Jose D. Duran
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age...

Who's Hip-Hop?

12 years ago by Mosi Reeves
It was a Friday afternoon on August 7, the second to last day of the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop Conference Awards, and Little Brother -- Phonte, Big Pooh, and producer Ninth Wonder -- had already grown tired of the networking and the schmoozing that characterized the week-long event. They had...

Hip-Hop Cyrano

11 years ago by Mosi Reeves
Varick "Smitty" Smith doesn't look like a ghostwriter. The baby-faced rapper has a smooth countenance that belies his 23 years; he could be your typical high school senior. Instead he's writing verses for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, filling the Bad Boy mogul's mouth with outrageous playboy fantasies like "Your man...
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