Saul Williams: Metaphorically Speaking

In a 2001 interview conducted for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the writer, performer and activist Saul Williams discusses his early career and his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star.

The Whispers’ Social Conscience

Los Angeles vocal troupe The Whispers are best known for their epic 80s run of boogie hits and slow jam staples. But in the 70s, they established a reputation for issuing thoughtful and topical soul – an era often overlooked today.

Gamble & Huff in the ’60s

The 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records gives us the opportunity to revisit the early history of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the songwriting-and-production who went on to create a sound that defines classic soul.

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.