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March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

…March of 1981…Rolling Stone stepped to the plate w/a serious article about the new rap thing-a-ling. Devoted to rock’n’roll—which basically meant any kind of popular music then, including country and soul—Rolling Stone started rolling in the late Sixties.  The story above, nominally pegged to Mr. Blow, is in fact a beautifully reported history of hip-hop to that moment.

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March 16th, 2014
thesmithian

The Headliner of 2014 is Outkast, without a shadow of a doubt, as they’re about to launch a 40-strong string of festival dates to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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The Headliner of 2014 is Outkast, without a shadow of a doubt, as they’re about to launch a 40-strong string of festival dates to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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January 5th, 2014
thesmithian

…hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer.

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art: here.

…hip hop’s roots as a musical phenomenon are subject to debate, but its roots as a commercial phenomenon are much clearer.

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art: here.

December 27th, 2013
thesmithian
Well, magna cum laude. But I was close to summa.
J. Cole, on his graduation from St. John’s University
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