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Ruff Ryders take over Brooklyn

For artist Lil Waah, Drew James, Quadir Lateef and Brillo, an assumption of extreme jitters was justified on the evening of Friday, April 21. That night, they were thrust into the fire and were about to showcase their wares in ...

‘Shots Fired’—Reality, music, movement

If you are a native of the Bronx, you’re quite familiar with the expression, “Shots fired!” and the actions associated with it.

The Kalief Browder story should have been even more real

Had it focused only on the subject matter, it would have been a very good film. What elevated “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” to great was that it nuanced how common behaviors we may take for granted can powerfully affect ...

Charlie Wilson, the world’s consummate performer

College is supposed to be that time when people begin to find themselves and make inroads to maximizing their potential.

Spring time, Trey Songz, Maxwell and Queen Mary J. Blige!

True, that foot-high, dirt-covered pile of snow may belie what that month says, but we have a season change. It’s hard to write when you have your pinky finger lifted to the moon.

MC-ing, b-boy, graffiti, DJ-ing and knowledge—The tenets of hip-hop

In the early stages of this thing called hip-hop, the DJ was the end all, be all.

This season of Knicks state of play, Oakley and Garden gentrification?

When all signs point to the worst, it’s the intrinsic nature of a true fan to look for the bright side.

Musiq Soulchild bringing the R&B narrative

True story. For roughly three days a week, the routine was the same. The dude would arrive at the room, break out the bag containing the grub and eventually pull out the checker board—12 red pieces versus 12 black pieces, ...

Greatness and sampling from true masters such as The Stylistics

Talk about underrated! The list of artists who have done covers of their material reads like a who’s who.

‘God made me funky’

When you know you’re rocking something fresh, that air of confidence is sometimes misleading.

Ice Cube’s new BIG3 Basketball League

On the precipice of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, revealed why and how one of his dreams is coming to fruition.

2016 and our farewell to some of our greatest musical icons

Farewell 2016. As we take a retrospective look back at the year that was, we can only conclude that this one was a rough one.

Rapper Yasiin Bey is the realist’s realist

As frustrating as it is to be a music fan, you may be correct to deduce the stress level for an artist to be magnified tenfold what we feel.

Ben Vereen on coming home—again

Don’t know when the slogan or ideology, “You can’t go home again,” became so deeply entrenched in our society, but it’s been proved incorrect on quite a few occasions.

‘Soul Train’ keeps chuggin on

The stigma attributed to New Yorkers, especially when we’re out of town, is that we can be a little vociferous.

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