Don Q is an old-school Bronx rap headknocker, the type of guttural and granular New York street-rapper who might’ve found some measure of pop success in the late ’90s. That makes Don Q something of an anomaly in today’s rap climate, but he’s done a remarkable job showing that a rapper like that … More »
A funny thing about Roxanne Roxanne, the new Roxanne Shanté biopic that went up on Netflix last week: The movie goes through the entire career arc that most music biopics go through, and for the entire thing, its hero still has braces on her teeth. So: The precocious talent finds her voice in the midst … More »
It would be a terrible shame if the entire legacy of Craig Mack, who passed away last week at a way-too-young age, boiled down to the “Flava In Ya Ear” remix. For one thing, “Flava In Ya Ear” was already a massive song before Puff Daddy corralled a bunch of Mack’s peers into jumping on … More »
Streaming changed things. 2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold on the collective imagination of America’s youth. Like the moment when Billboard first started using Soundscan and inadvertently proved the massive popularity of N.W.A, the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. More »
A few years ago, Pittsburgh mash-up king Girl Talk recorded Broken Ankles, a mixtape collaboration with the veteran Philly rapper Freeway. And now Girl Talk has moved onto making more beats. He’s the producer responsible for “Lil Bitch,” a new track from the young throwback Bronx rap hardass Don Q. (I wrote a … More »
A few days back, Dave East previewed a new track he had stashed in the vault on his Instagram featuring fellow NYC rapper Don Q and Chicago’s G Herbo. Today, the Harlem-native decides to let loose the track’s full version for fans, titled “No Hook.”
The record was originally set to appear on G Herbo’s November-released project “Strictly 4 My Fans, titled “Enter The Circle” but didn’t make the final cut.