In Steady Curation: Hip-Hop in the Age of Crisis Playlist

As we begin a new year with the government still shut down, American politicians still apologizing for white supremacy, and inner cities still embroiled in turmoil, the Age of Crisis carries on. And there's nothing better to complement my blog post than the Age of Crisis playlist. While I had hoped to have every track … Continue reading In Steady Curation: Hip-Hop in the Age of Crisis Playlist

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Hip-Hop in the Age of Crisis

In 1980, then California Governor Ronald Reagan visited Charlotte Street in the South Bronx while campaigning for the presidency. As he surveyed the piles of rotting trash, the rubble of collapsed buildings, and the mangled terrain of disrepair, he likened the South Bronx to a war zone. And indeed, the Bronx sat on the precipice … Continue reading Hip-Hop in the Age of Crisis

The Essential Tiny Desk Hip-Hop List

It's not often that you'd mention hip-hop and NPR in the same sentence. For lifelong fans of the culture, hip-hop represents a grassroots movement that stems from social activism, rule-breaking, and finding your inner strength. And while hip-hop may itself be a form of storytelling and street news, its origins in Bronx house parties and … Continue reading The Essential Tiny Desk Hip-Hop List

This Summer’s Hip-Hop Essentials

Are you sticky AF right now? I know I am. This summer has been soaked in humidity and there hasn't been much relief. Fortunately, hip-hop has come to the rescue. Pusha T's new album Daytona has marked the triumphant return of the coke rapper while Mac Miller's Swimming has showcased the emcee at his most introspective and … Continue reading This Summer’s Hip-Hop Essentials

In Steady Curation: Past is Present

In the whirlwind of grad school, I often found solace in scrolling through my SoundCloud feed and cranking the volume. I fended off the stress of assignments, transcended the chaos of my surroundings, and escaped the exhaustion of the intellectual vortex. Now that I've shattered those chains, I've been trying to show a little love … Continue reading In Steady Curation: Past is Present

Griselda Puts Buffalo on the Map

When digging through the digital crates of online music, occasionally you completely miss something. You’ve done your due diligence checking the blogs, keeping the SoundCloud feed greased, hitting up the homies, and vigilantly reading through Underground Hip-hop distributors. You feel pretty confident in your knowledge of the scene, and know who’s who, for the most … Continue reading Griselda Puts Buffalo on the Map