Gangsters in Music: From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop
From the earliest days of rock n roll, a lot of the most popular artists were made, um, “offers they couldn’t refuse.”
The Eternal Delight of “Rapper’s Delight”
Admit it — when you hear the opening notes, you can’t help but move to the bang bang boogie. A look at an iconic, influential track.
Gil Scott-Heron: Hail the Bluesologist
As part of 2021’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gil Scott-Heron’s groundbreaking work is pivotal in rap, neo-soul, funk, and more.
“Beastie Boys Story”: Fighting for The Right To Be Themselves
The Beastie Boys were one of the unlikelier acts of the 80s. Their rise is documented in Spike Jonze’s new documentary, “Beastie Boys Story.”
Jimi Hendrix and His “Black Legacy”
Jimi Hendrix is typically associated with classic rock. But this author argues he deserves a bigger place within black culture and music.