Prime Element began as 3 the Hardway, three hip-hop heads -- an MC, a producer and a DJ -- devoted to celebrating a culture they love through positivity, hard work and great music. Their name has obviously since changed, as has their label affiliation since Set in Stone, their last release, but what ... More >>
Many hip-hop fans, those who love rap -- hell, even some rappers -- have an aversion to gangsta rap for its objectionable content. Common named the rise of gangsta rap as one of the many steps in hip-hop's downfall in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a sentiment that, of course, began a contentious relation ... More >>
Sean Daley helped launch an empire when he co-founded Rhymesayers Entertainment, home to P.O.S., Brother Ali and, of course, his outfit, Atmosphere.The rapper otherwise known as Slug is an unstoppable force with endless vision and nonstop determination, which has helped make Rhymesayers one o ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Netflix's instant streaming service is quite possibly the most amazing service in the history of mankind. Combing through its offerings, however, is no easy task. Thankfully, we've spent an inordinate amount of time watching music documentaries (so you don't have to) and have narrowed down th ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray DJ SHADOW With Pigeon John 11.21.10 | Ogden Theatre See slideshow and read the interview with DJ Shadow Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) has come a long way since his days collaborating with hip-hop icons Gift of Gab and Lyrics Born, and his skills have only gotten more sharply ... More >>
Grown-up hip-hop has lost its luster for Neil McIntyre.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Agitprop rapper Immortal Technique demands to be heard.
All-Star Weekend put a jewel in Francois Baptiste's production crown.
Just try keeping breakbeater Freq Nasty out of the spotlight.
Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.
Saul Williams is a thought-provoking Renaissance man who has a way with words.
Amazing what can be done with two turntables and a microphone.
From the week of March 11, 2004
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas.
After a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
As the Smut Peddlers, members of the High and Mighty hip-hop crew find new life in porn.
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reflect on the once and future world of hip-hop.
New York's Ming & FS utilize the rhyme -- and the keyboard, sampler, turntable and guitar -- to create their own hip-hop heaven.
Ice Cube on child-rearing and Family Values.
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.