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Pop & HissIn the new film ‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,’ Ice-T reels in artists like Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Eminem to tell the story of hip-hop’s gritty beginnings....
Pop & HissChuck Brown, the "king of go-go music," has died in Washington D.C. The musician, whose work with big band funk in the 1970s and '80s was influential both as a bandleader and as inspiration on early electronic dance music. Times pop music critic Randall...
Pop & HissOthers to be inducted include the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and Don Kirshner. Among those that didn't make the cut: the Cure, Donna Summer. Three musical iron fists meet a pair of velvet gloves as Guns......
Pop & HissRemembering Jimmy Castor, who died on Monday. His funk music in the 1970s was odd and inspired, and hip hop and electronic dance music producers sampled it generously....
Pop & HissRock Hall of Fame's 2012 induction nominees include Guns N' Roses, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rock Hall's Inductee announcement is expected in December....
Pop & HissThe late Gil Scott-Heron was many things -- poet, activist, icon, cipher -- but it’s easy to forget: He could sing, too. Following his passing on May 27, a parade of accolades have lauded his achievements as a cultural figure,......
Pop & HissOld schoolâs in session as Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest party likes itâs 1993 at San Bernardinoâs hip-hop hoedown. For a large swath of its audience, hip-hopâs center of gravity will always stay moored in 1993......
Pop & HissIn the early hours Thursday (last night if you're on Pacific time), Mary Anne Hobbs broadcast the final show of her 14-year career with BBC Radio 1. Aided by special guests Hyperdub artists and dubstep breakout stars Kode9 and Burial,......
Pop & HissAt its most elemental, the vocoder is an instrument of deception. A mode for veiled communication -- slang in binary code. The U.S and Russian militaries used it to compress and encrypt speech to elude enemy interception, but it soon......
Pop & HissJamie King didnât think selling a hip-hop slanted video game would prove to be as tough as it was. As one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, King turned titles such as Grand Theft Auto and Midnight Club into classics......
Pop & HissOne of rapâs oldest truisms is that great albums are the results of one producer with one rapper. Whether itâs Guru and Premier, Rakim and Eric B. or Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, all but the most versatile rhymers usually......
Pop & HissIt's been a long decade since Rakim's last album, a period in which the New York native's hometown lost its role as hip-hop's locus to the South, the Midwest and the decentralizing tendencies of the Internet. It's been an even......
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