From landmark releases by Jay Z, Common, Missy Elliot and Wu-Tang Clan, here's why 1997 will be remembered as the greatest year in hip-hop history.
Common returns with the new single ‘Her Love’, featuring guests Daniel Caesar and Dwele over an unreleased beat by the late J Dilla.
Dropped during the peak of coastal beef in hip-hop, Questlove breaks down the perfect storm that produced The Roots’ breakout album, ‘Things Fall Apart’.
Cannily deployed to create touching moments and forge connections, the best romantic comedy songs have defined iconic romcoms.
Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
Blue Note and hip-hop have become inextricably linked. The label has been sampled countless time and now signs artists that merge jazz and rap.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
Reflecting and commenting on the world around them, the most gifted and charismatic MCs have taken the politics of hip-hop into the mainstream.
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
In 1998, ‘Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ forged a new path in which culture and unity took precedence over hip-hop’s beefs and disses.
On the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's death, Stevie Wonder and over 80 musicians, politicians and actors share their #DreamStillLives video.
Coltrane Culture, a one-day, multi-event festival celebrating the work of jazz titan John Coltrane, will take place in London on 17 February 2018.
The Robert Glasper Experiment's new album ArtScience will be out on Blue Note on 16 September. Listen to the first single 'Find You' here.
J Dilla's death, on 10 February 2006, robbed the world of a talent it was only just beginning to comprehend. We pick some of his landmark productions.
Common released 'Be' in 2005, returning to "conscious hip-hop" for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record with both Kanye West and J Dilla as producers.