Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>
Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but starting tod ... More >>
5 Sparrows for 2 Cents (Rawkus Records/Basementalism)
The Road Less Traveled (RSP/www.roadsideprofits.com)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
After a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop.
Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying.