The Mask of Doom
A profile of MF Doom.
A profile of MF Doom.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was SoundCloud rap’s most notorious star. But the same instincts that made him huge may put him in prison for years
On the 13-member rap collective Brockhampton.
On the relationship between rivalry and creativity.
A profile of rapper Mac Miller published on September 6, the day before he died.
How 88rising is making a place for Asians in hip-hop.
T La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop. But after an attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he’d ever been a rapper at all.
The story of Deso Dogg, a German rapper-turned-ISIS propagandist who may or may not have been killed in an airstrike.
“Life has a soundtrack. And certain music is a soundtrack to a certain type of identity or feeling. 50 Cent, the Game, and those kinds of guys—they made us feel like our lives were worth nothing, basically.”
Steve Miller had a clear-cut legal case when the Geto Boys used his guitar-hook in their raunchy 1990 single “Gangster of Love.” The racial implications weren’t so simple.
Excerpted from The Geto Boys(Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, 2016) .
The 22-year-old rapper on escaping North Long Beach and his desire to be a “regular” guy.
A profile of Erykah Badu.
How 23-year-old Metro Boomin became every rapper’s favorite producer.
“Thug is alone even in a room full of people. He is unapproachable. He radiates volatility. I can't even imagine him making actual, on-purpose eye contact with another human. Looking into a person's eyes—seeking some kind of a connection—is an admission of neediness, and Young Thug would rather be shot dead in the street than need a thing from another human being.”
“On paper, [DJ Khaled] doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. He’s released eight full-length albums but doesn’t actually rap on any of them. He’s perhaps the most quoted figure in hip-hop, able to create viral catch phrases with an ease that marketing executives dream about. He’s played a serious role in the hip-hop industry throughout his career, yet he’s perceived almost exclusively as a meme by fans across the nation.”
A profile of Killer Mike, the self-described “gangsta rap suburban father” whose speech about Ferguson went viral last fall.
“Missy (Misdemeanor) Elliott, the twenty-five-year-old hip-hop performer who is energetically redefining the boundaries of rap music, is a singer, a songwriter, an arranger, a producer, and a talent scout. Six months ago, few people outside the music industry had heard of her; six months from now, it will be necessary to pretend that you’ve known about Missy Elliott for years.”
An oral history of Gucci Mane’s many rises and falls.
Spins from the DJs at Atlanta’s seminal Magic City strip club can turn nobodies into hip-hop stars.
His health failing and his business in tatters, the head of Death Row Records faces murder charges that could put him away for life.
Previously: Does a Sugar Bear Bite? (Lynn Hirschberg • New York Times Magazine • Jan 1996)
Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.
He went from a viral pop hit to an arrest for conspiracy to murder charges in just under six months. Was Bobby Shmurda “too real” for his label?
A week at Coachella with the rapper and some mushrooms.
360 degree deals and the music industry’s new hostages.
The rapper who never grew up.