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.

First Wave Hip-House: 1988-1990

Born in the 1980s, hip-house was a shotgun marriage between two hot springs of black innovation. Its reputation lies somewhere between unalloyed club bliss and pop kitsch.

Madlib, the Instrumentalist

Madlib is one of the most acclaimed hip-hop producers of the past two decades. But his instrumentals often go unnoticed.