Looking for the Message in Nas’s ‘It Was Written’
Twenty-five years after it was widely panned at the time of its release, the Queensbridge MC’s second album is hailed as a classic. But what did the discourse at the time get right—and what did it miss?
The Jay-Z Song Draft
Charles and Wosny Lambre are joined by Paul Thompson to discuss, debate, and draft the best Jay-Z songs in honor of the 25th anniversary of ‘Reasonable Doubt’
The Improbable Empire: Master P’s ‘Ice Cream Man’ and the Birth of a Southern Rap Dynasty
The No Limit CEO’s first major work turns 25
The Story of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ at 25
In 1995, Havoc and Prodigy were trying to rebound from their disappointing debut album. They went into the studio and came out with a project that not only redefined their careers, it breathed life into the borough they called home.
The High-Art Designs of Westside Gunn
The Griselda member’s new LP, ‘Pray for Paris,’ is the culmination of many things, from Griselda’s brand of luxurious street rap, to Jay-Z’s and Eminem’s star-making machines, to the postmodern hip-hop that dominated the underground in the past decade