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Jam Master Jay

Two men have been convicted of murdering Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay. Karl “Lil D” Jordan and Ronald “Tinard” Washington were charged with the 2002 killing...

ukhiphopmuseum

A UK hip-hop museum is set to be established in London by Kurtis Blow and Troy Harewood. Built on the ethos of "preserving, celebrating, and...

The cover art for Herbie Hancock's 'Future Shock' on a navy background

Forty years ago, in August 1983, jazz keyboard legend Herbie Hancock released 'Future Shock', a genre-defying album that introduced audiences around the world to vinyl scratching, hip-hop beats and sampling. It ushered in a new era of production techniques and studio exploration, and laid a blueprint for the following decade's hip-hop explosion. Here, Marke Bieschke explores the record's incredible legacy

Forty years ago, in August 1983, jazz keyboard legend Herbie Hancock decided to step into the future, taking the music industry — and, incidentally, global...

Still from UNION BLACK: Sounds Of A Nation campaign

Trevor Nelson, Google and YouTube have unveiled a new multimedia project to celebrate the impact of Black British music. UNION BLACK: Sounds Of A Nation...

The first authorised biography of 2Pac will be drop next month

The first and only estate-authorised biography of Tupac Shakur is set to be released next month. ‘Tupac Shakur: The Authorised Biography’ will explore the unknown...

New documentary explores the history of hip-hop mixtape culture

A new documentary has been announced that will explore the history of hip-hop mixtape culture. Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios and Saboteur Media...

Poster for The Criterion Channel's ‘Hip-Hop 50’ film series

A film series celebrating 50 years of hip-hop is being launched by The Criterion Channel next month. Beginning on 1st August, the programme will showcase...

Illustration from Egostrip by Dan Lish

A new book featuring illustrations of iconic hip-hop artists is set for release on 13th October. Egostrip Book 1, published by Velocity Press, will feature...

Photo of Souls Of Mischief performing on stage

30 years after their debut, four rappers from Oakland, California, remember how they became one of the first crews on the West Coast to make a particularly conscious, lyrical strand of hip-hop, with an album that influenced generations of artists

In February 1992 a bunch of industry bigwigs showed up in San Francisco. They were there for the Gavin Seminar, a showcase of West Coast...

Run-D.M.C. to headline hip-hop 50th anniversary concert in New York's Yankee Stadium

Run-D.M.C. are set to headline an upcoming concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop. The gig, dubbed Hip Hop 50 Live...

New photozine documents hip-hop from 1982-2020

A new photozine explores hip-hop culture from the early 1980s. 'Hip Hop Years The B Sides 1982-2020' by British-born photographer Janette Beckman features 36 pages...

Jay-Z poses in a green baseball cap

Jay-Z has released a mash-up of his 2009 hit ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘New York Is Killing Me’ called ‘New York (Concept...

Vonne Parks and Andre Dre Gainey of They Hate change side by side in a record store looking at the camera

Tampa duo They Hate Change made an international impact in 2022 with their album, ‘Finally, New’, showcasing an exhilarating mix of Floridian rap and breaks with flourishes of jungle, drum & bass and UK rave. They talk to Eoin Murray about the birth of the Gulf Coast sound, learning from the DIY scene, and joining a global community of artists pushing innovative genre fusions
 

It’s Halloween 2016 in Tampa, Florida, and Andre “Dre” Gainey and Vonne Parks are experiencing their eureka moment at a friend’s house party. The pair...

DJ Mag’s rap artists to watch in 2023

Introducing the MCs, DJs and producers set to make an impact on the global rap scene in 2023. From voices that can move between dancehall and drill, and those challenging industry shortcomings, to a DJ mixing hip-hop and R&B with amapiano, and producers pushing localised hip-hop sounds into the future, these are the artists daring to be different and set to make the global rap scene theirs this year

One of the UK’s most promising and versatile MCs, Cristale has proven herself across dancehall, drill and jungle, spitting fire one minute before going deep...

DJ Kool Herc sound system sells for over $200k at Christie's auction

A soundsystem that belonged to hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc has sold at auction for $201,600. The Christie's auction took place yesterday, with the system...

Danger Mouse & Black Thought: cheating the system

Although it features guests like A$AP Rocky, Run The Jewels and Raekwon, the best moments on Danger Mouse and The Roots legend Black Thought's new LP are in its filmic rhymes, woozy psychedelic loops, soul snippets and jazz and blues rhythms. Here, Ben Murphy speaks to them about their long-awaited collaboration

Hip-hop is ingrained in the work of American musician and producer Danger Mouse. Though he’s made records with Beck, Karen O, Gorillaz, Michael Kiwanuka, Adele...

DJ Screw

In his new book, Lance Scott Walker tells the story of DJ Screw, the maestro of Houston’s chopped ‘n’ screwed ‘90s rap scene. Here, Marke Bieschke speaks to the author about this unique moment in hip-hop history, and Screw's incredible legacy

Why did hip-hop slow down to a syrupy crawl in Houston, Texas, three decades ago? There are many theories, but Houstonians, who had come late...

Press shot of DJ Premier in a black hat looking toward the camera in a t tshirt that says "Royalty"

For over three decades, DJ Premier has consistently proven himself to be one of hip-hop’s greatest producers. As he releases his new EP, 'Hip Hop 50: Vol 1', celebrating the genre’s 50th anniversary, he speaks to Arielle Lana LeJarde about evolving with the culture and the hip-hop/dance music connection

“I’m raised off being a fan first,” DJ Premier states clearly. “Before DJing, before producing or anything else, I’m a fan.” He sits across from...

This new photozine documents New York hip-hop from 1982-92

Janette Beckman is publishing a new photozine of her photographs of the New York hip-hop scene from the '80s to early '90s. The British photographer...

jammasterjay

The murder trial of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay has been scheduled for September. 18 months on from two men being charged with the 2002 killing...