Self-proclaimed "farmer/midwife/DJ/producer/emcee/touring musician" Ietef Vita was born Michael Walker in Five Points in 1986, part of a family of artists and activists with "a lot of people in my village," he explains, including Brother Jeff and the late storyteller Opalanga Pugh. But that wasn't e ... More >>
Monday, July 23, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>
Atif Mehana came to the United States from Egypt two decades ago. The 58-year-old spent more than a decade selling seafood to tourists in Miami, and saved enough to open a second eatery in 2008. But now he's broke. Who's to blame? He says Yelp, the megapopular website that allows users to ... More >>
It's well known an this point that Jay-Z (appearing tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sound Tribe Sector 9, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy) has 99 problems, and a bitch, most certainly, ain't one. Curiously, though, until now, no one's really taken a hard look at just what Hova's 99 problems are ... More >>
City officials aren't the only ones concerned about Marc Ecko's graffiti festival.
All-Star Weekend put a jewel in Francois Baptiste's production crown.
Denver's plummet from the summit.
The Denver Hip-Hop Summit may have flatlined, but there was still plenty to celebrate about hip-hop in Mootown last week.
Russell's next jam may not be as def as expected.
D.C. Gallery gives a high profile to lowbrow art
A long-awaited Hip-Hop Summit looks like the real deal.
Itís a jungle out there when youíre trying to open up a new club.
Taking it to the mats
Yo, yo: The Hip-Hop Summit is coming to town. We hope.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong.
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't.
Haiku you: The yearís worst records get poetic justice.
A true modern classic, dub poet and reggae revolutionary Linton Kwesi Johnson turns another page.
When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah stay tied to the Wu-Tang Clan as they invent their own legacy.
Wishing for a perfect world.
Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.