Widely used by discerning crate-diggers and hip-hop heads, the best Blue Note samples have become part of the cultural fabric.
The best Christmas hip-hop and R&B songs find Kanye giving the gift of a guest spot and Kurtis Blow doing a different kind of Christmas wrapping.
The fourth Wu-Tang Clan solo album, ‘Liquid Swords’ is an out-and-out masterpiece on which GZA brought his A-game, ruining it for everyone else.
One of the most fruitful associations with Blue Note made the UK charts on 1 February 1997 for the Blue Boy, as he sampled jazz-soul singer Marlena Shaw.
Jay-Z is back: with a new album, a hyphenated stage name and a new sponsorship with Sprint for the splashy release of his 13th studio album, 4:44.
Released in 2004, Ghostface Killah’s ‘Fishscale’ was part of a stunning run that was hip-hop’s equivalent to Stevie Wonder in the 70s, or Dylan in the 60s.
A new batch of 180 gram, heavyweight vinyl editions of classic hip-hop albums is out now as part of Universal’s Back To Black reissue series.
With the coming of the new millennium it was obvious that hip-hop had come a long way and now became a commercial powerhouse in mainstream culture.