Freddie Gibbs has been on a famous rapper roller coaster since he put out his first mixtape in 2010—a journey marked with decadent twists, dizzying heights, and equally terrifying descents. Public beefs with big-name artists, moments as a media darling, well-received acting roles (including the lead in last year’s Down With the King), and acquittal […]
Composer and tenor Steve Wallace says the first time he heard the Nas song “Undying Love,” the final track on the rapper’s 1999 album I Am . . ., “I immediately saw it as a verismo one-act with chamber orchestra, but I stored it away for a later time.” It wasn’t until 2014, when Wallace […]
Current musical obsessions of DJ King Hippo (aka Alejandro Ayala), Resavoir bandleader Will Miller, and Reader writer Leor Galil
What the Obama Foundation’s summit revealed about its mission.
Activists refuse to be quiet about Riot Fest, but boosters say their claims are off base.
The first Riot Fest lineup announcement ups the ante with more big names after last week’s big Misfits reveal.
Current musical obsessions of hip-hop songwriter Kweku Collins, Alex Fruchter of Closed Sessions, and the Reader’s Kevin Warwick
The 33-year-old producer is about to drop his debut full-length, Carry on Tradition, and he talks to the Reader about collaborating with dozens of MCs, life plans, and raising his daughter.
The North Coast Music Festival may look like it’s basically about drugs, but it’s really about enthusiasm.
North Coast Music Festival has found its niche—one where Danny Brown, AlunaGeorge, and the Disco Biscuits fit side by side.
From Averill to Zeus: A local lit roundup
Get On Down’s reissue of Ghostface Killah’s Ironman comes with a puzzle that should get plenty of play.
Hip-hop heads will be “Causin’ rambunction, throughout the sphere” at Saturday’s rap karaoke party
If you’re not at home hiding from the cold snap, over the next few days you might try Atriarch, David Daniell & Douglas McCombs, or Bleeding Rainbow
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