On Quasimoto’s The Unseen

Twenty years ago today, Madlib released this landmark album under the guise of Quasimoto. This San Francisco Bay Guardian essay was published during the time of its initial release.

Anti-Crack Raps

This chapter from a 2014-2015 series on early rap music focuses on how artists responded to the crack plague of the mid-to-late 1980s. It’s an example of how the culture has always illustrated current events throughout its history.

Strictly Business: The Alchemist

In a 2002 URB interview, the producer talks about the business of making beats, his relationship with Mobb Deep, and the “We Gonna Make It” controversy.

Rap Songs for Home

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to roil the globe, home has taken on a new urgency. This playlist assembled around a word is fraught with meaning.

Rap Art in the Coronavirus Era

As the world adapts to life under a global pandemic, the album art of several recent rap releases is having a noticeable impact.

Focus On: Boom Clap Bachelors

In 2012, Boom Clap Bachelors’ “Tiden Flyver” was used on one of Kendrick Lamar’s biggest hits. This brief history tells the story of the enigmatic Danish collective.