The Tipping Point for Joyce Manor

Jon Reiss |
Joyce Manor’s Constant Headache EP was one of a handful of punk records from last year that seemed to represent a wholly modern and new take on punk rock, an often easily ghetto... ...read more

A Cee-Lo State of Mind: The Summer in Hip-Hop

Jon Reiss |
Leaves are falling, bellies are bulging and good television is returning-the summer is a distant memory.  So what better time to review what happened in hip-hop during summer ... ...read more

Planting the Seeds: An Interview with Astronautalis

Jon Reiss |
In keeping with the ongoing debate about the current state of hip-hop, this week I offer evidence of the genre’s strength and relevance. 2009 was an interesting year for ... ...read more

Hip-Hop Superstars Honor 2 Live Crew, Sing Karaoke

Jon Reiss |
A couple weeks ago I watched a rerun of VH1′s 7th annual Hip Hop Honors (which originally ran in June). I’ve always thought the whole shindig was just an excuse to ... ...read more

Long Stick Fizzle Out: Hip-Hop’s Decline and Re-emergence

Jon Reiss |
What has become of hip-hop? Rap music as we know it is on the decline. Just take a look at the Billboard charts: The highest charting hip-hop single, “Nothin’ on Yo... ...read more

Eminem’s “Recovery”: His Best Bad Record

Jon Reiss |
SPIN magazine just voted Eminem’s “The Marshal Mathers LP” the 65th best album of the past 25 years. For me, mention of that record always evokes two things: m... ...read more

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