MAC MILLER @ OGDEN THEATRE | 7/30/13 Mac Miller is one of rap music's fastest rising stars, whether hip hop likes it or not. An independent rapper who has twice shown that fresh beats and dope rhymes can sell well, he should be celebrated. Instead the rapper is a polarizing figure. Last night's sold ... More >>
The Mi Pueblo Market at 125 Knox Court in the Barnum neighborhood might be the best grocery store in the entire world. On any given day, the clean and brightly decorated market is warmly bumping a reggaeton Rihanna remix as shoppers peruse cascading bins of fresh avocados, bananas and tomatillos. Ho ... More >>
Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
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India.Arie taps into a soulful past to create her own kind of wonderful.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Cultural awareness, positivity and groove are all part of the Common cause.
Three urban luminaries make Lucy Pearl an R&B trio with star -- and staying -- power.
Like Water for Chocolate
Femi Kuti represents the next generation of Afrobeat.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
DJ Chonz is bringing his Radio Bums concept to tape decks and computers near you.
A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.