Tag Archives: hip-hop

Kendrick Lamar, “Growing Apart.”

Only an artist who seriously believes that poetry is thought will have the conviction required to close with “so in conclusion…”

The king of improvisation.

Jazz is dead. Long live hip-hop.

Indie rock vs. commercial hip-hop.

It makes perfect sense that the mainstream comes up with sensitive music, whereas the marginalized come up with swaggering music.

Blue Scholars.

The impassioned yet monotone delivery of Geologic makes him the Helvetica of hip-hop.

Hegelian? Mos Def.

Conscious hip-hop music is about its self-consciousness.


When jazz musicians compete, they call it “trading.” Hip-hop MCs, more honest about the exchange, say “battling.”