Stream Smoke DZA & Benny The Butcher’s Pete Rock-Produced Statue Of Limitations EP

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Smoke-DZA-Statue-Of-LimitationsPete Rock has been making music since the late ’80s, and he’s one of the greatest rap producers of all time. Together with his rapping partner CL Smooth, Rock made two classic albums, and the Pete Rock/CL Smooth track “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” is just a perfect piece of music. But as a producer, … More »

Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

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Rhythm-And-FlowTwelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby. It was weird. More »

The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

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Wu-Tang-An-American-SagaThere are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »

Breaks With Tradition: “Fly Like An Eagle”

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Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An EagleSteve Miller, one of the real majordomos of ’70s rock and a far stranger artist than he’s traditionally gotten credit for, turns 75 today. His big hits were inescapable when there was such a thing as a nostalgia monoculture; when the Classic Rock radio format first emerged in the ’80s, Steve Miller Band took the … More »