From grime’s early beginnings in the bedrooms and pirate radio stations of East London, Risky Roadz, armed with a Sony Handycam, documented the scene’s history in real-time.
As a born-and-raised New Yorker, the word “hip-hop” was synonymous for the culture of my city as I grew up; as a man from the Bronx, even more so. Every street I walked on as a kid had been graced by legends of the game, but none so great as Grandmaster Flash.
On the eve of her latest EP, Coi Leray opens up about growth, being prepared for your moment, and the power of trusting your process.
If industry pioneer Soulja Boy set the tone for how his generation’s rap is distributed, KEY! is the artist who influenced its dominant sound and swagger, serving as an unofficial “A&R” for both Atlanta’s emerging talent and the SoundCloud generation, never resting on his laurels for a second.
“My music is talking about my perspective, but also trying to tap into everybody else's mind, being like, ‘Do you feel this way? Are you sad some days? Do you cry in the shower? I do too. Let's talk about it.’”
ScHoolBoy Q, DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and the man himself tell the story of YG's instant classic debut album.
Now 21, Loski has reclaimed the narrative of his street legend while deepening the mystery of the life behind it.
New York City producers Tony Seltzer and A Lau have been friends for 10 years, and estimate the number of songs they’ve made together at close to 1,000.
The strangeness of the lyrics wasn’t just his own; it was that of the world that he made us sense anew. He exposed the disfiguring, shoddy inadequacy of received language by flowing in tandem with things as they are.
Space and Sound on Britain’s First Council Estate
Kamasi Washington—saxophonist, composer, and producer—embodies the spirit of this century, a man captivated by the global, yet firmly rooted in the local.
The legendary LA photographer spotlights one of his favourite artists: a rapper with a sound and story that is continuing to represent exactly what it means to be from the West Coast.