Hip Hop

Revisiting the ‘Rebel Cultures’ Photographed by Janette Beckman [RECAP]

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

Our regular readers know that we love to cover the early punk, new wave and hip hop music scenes in New York City. Most people who were around during the early days, were also obsessed with the bands coming out of the UK. This reporter remembers going to East Village record stores (remember when there […]

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Celebrating Nearly 30 Years of ‘The East Village Eye’ with the Howl! Happening Gallery

Posted September 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

If you were a denizen of the downtown scene in the ’80s, you probably couldn’t wait to get your hands on the latest issue of the East Village Eye. Or maybe you came here because of what it vividly described. Published from May 1979 to January 1987, the monthly magazine featured extensive coverage of pop […]

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Forest Whitaker’s Biopic About the ‘Roxanne Wars’ of 1980s Hip Hop is Filming on Orchard Street Today

Posted July 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

Hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shante is getting the biopic treatment. A new film is in the works about the so-called “Roxanne Wars” of the 1980s in New York City. The feature – dubbed Roxanne, Roxanne for the popular U.T.F.O. B-side hit of same – chronicles Shante’s rise from 14-year-old MC to hip-hop gold all because of a […]

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Revisiting Kool Moe Dee and His Alphabet City Album Cover for ‘How Ya Like Me Now’

Posted January 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

Today the empty Alphabet City lot is a tree-heavy GreenThumb garden called Orchard Alley. Twenty-seven years ago, however, this exact site (between Avenues C and D) was a vacant shitpile that doubled as the setting for hip-hop pioneer Kool Moe Dee’s album cover for How Ya Like Me Now. You can clearly see the San […]

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Ed Piskor’s “Hip Hop Family Tree” Comic Series

Posted May 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

We only just discovered Ed Piskor’s phenomenal “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic series, and seriously cannot get enough!

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Saigon Hands Out Blankets at Bowery Mission

Posted January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Brooklyn-based emcee Saigon has been volunteering recently at the Bowery Mission.

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Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me

Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:18 am

Gil Scott-Heron made a name for himself in the late seventies and early eighties with a string of prolific recordings.  Born in Chicago (on April Fools Day), but raised in the Bronx, his brand of music and spoken-word street poetry became an inspiration to legions of neo-soul and Hip Hop upstarts. In fact, many consider […]

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