The Progression of Belgian Hip-Hop With Veence Hanao

As a pure global force, hip-hop has traversed cultures and languages, inspiring a far-reaching base of fans and artists alike. Since the early ’90s hip-hop has been widespread in France, yet only a handful of these names have reached across the Atlantic and linked with their American counterparts. The most  significant French rap group of […]

The Sweetest Thing To Come Out Of Brooklyn’s Rap Scene In Forever

At the Nouveau Casino in Paris on March 20th during the final stop on Kilo Kish and The Internet’s European tour, fewer words could downright describe the unnerving charm on display–an achievement which may be unfamiliar for some at a rap concert. Kish grabbed the mic, clad in effortless chic, with her soft, innocent demeanor, […]

Young, Wily, Rugged NYC Hip-Hop Collective: Wiki & co. Ratking

With a pinch-lipped, high-pitched, nasally New York drawl, 19-year-old rapper Wiki, along with his wayside Ratking Crew, are making waves in the weathered streets of New York. Young hip-hop is about collectives right now; strong, tight-knit crews of kids, experimenting and progressing with what their role may be, and can be in the business. With […]

Put The Purist On Your Radar, Ambitious Up-And-Coming Hip-Hop Production

Little-known, ambitious British boards master, The Purist, has been an avid workaholic lately, never resting, steadily collaborating with an eclectic group of MC’s—from newbies like Danny Brown to veterans like Havoc—in a rising and promising effort to get his sound heard. He comes from the U.K., yet offers an estranged style with a boom bass […]

Le1F: Gaudy, Gritty, and Rap

Khalif Diouf ‘s (Le1f) music is truly a representation and expression of his complex identity. Le1f grew up in New York City, surrounded by progressive music and ambitious peers. He frequented “Balls,” lavish dance room scenes and drag shows, a part of NYC’s LGBT sub-culture. He experimented with producing and making electro beats for various […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: Das Racist

On December 3, 2012, we learned that Das Racist broke up. A video of Heems surfaced from a stage in Germany claiming that Das Racist is “not a band anymore.” Kool AD confirmed the news by tweeting “quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet.” Dapwell […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]