Swet Shop Boys’ Rap as Protest

newyorker.com — On a hot Saturday afternoon, the actor and rapper Riz Ahmed (a.k.a. Riz MC) and the rapper Heems (real name Himanshu Suri) headed to the Jackson Diner, an Indian buffet-style restaurant, in Queens. The pair had just finished filming two music videos in Flushing for their upcoming début album, "Cashmere."

How Nostalgia Drives the Music Industry

newyorker.com — Earlier this month, Dinosaur Jr. celebrated the release of its eleventh album, "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," by playing a show at Rough Trade, a small club tucked inside a record store in Brooklyn.

Random Access Denied

newyorker.com — Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" was recorded over the span of five years and in three cities. It cost the duo and Sony, at a conservative estimate, over a million dollars to produce and promote.

The Mixologist - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — At eleven-thirty on a Saturday night, in a bland-looking office building on Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles, a security guard in the lobby directed me to a locked door. Hearing the magic words "Mike Will," the man who opened the door smiled, introduced himself as the studio manager at Electric Feel, and pointed down the hall.

Voice Field - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — One of the first voices you hear on "Freetown Sound," the third album from Blood Orange, is that of a young slam poet named Ashlee Haze. Last year, Haze performed a poem about the first time she heard the gleeful, futuristic hip-hop artist Missy Elliott, and the way this experience changed her.

‘We love you Beyoncé’: what Queen Bey means to her fans now

theguardian.com — It was March 2001. Beyoncé Knowles, not yet hyphenated, was relaxing before a show in a sports arena in Peoria, Illinois. Standing around with her two bandmates, the 19-year-old talked to a reporter about being in Destiny's Child. No security guards or publicists were present. Ms Knowles was still managed by her father, Matthew.

Tyler, the Creator’s Fashion Statement

newyorker.com — "Growing up as an inner-city black kid, I wasn't the most masculine," a shirtless, deep-voiced Tyler, the Creator told a sellout crowd of two thousand at the L.A. Live complex, in downtown Los Angeles, on Saturday. "I wasn't into sports," he continued. "I liked pink and shit."

Why I Liked David Turner’s De La Soul Piece

medium.com — Critic David Turner recently wrote a piece for MTV News about hearing De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising" for the first time. The album was released in 1989. Turner is now twenty-four - I am forty-nine years old, meaning I was twenty-two when "3 Feet High and Rising" came out.

Bitch Magazine Turns Twenty

newyorker.com — Before betches, basic bitches, and #BBHMM, there was Bitch magazine. Lisa Jervis wrote in her first editor's letter, in 1996, how the word was not meant as an insult: "A confrontational stance is powerful." Reclaiming the word "bitch" wasn't new, however.

Jesus Returns - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — In 1987, the singer David Yow and the bassist David Sims were at loose ends after their band, Scratch Acid, broke up. Based in Austin, Scratch Acid was a volcanic, loopy, and virtuosic group led by one of the few singers who can convincingly claim Iggy Pop as an influence.
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