SXSW 2012: A View From Behind The Scenes

Every March, during South By South West, Austin, Texas, undergoes a complete transformation – from a laid back town with a population of 800,000 to a bustling, overcrowded city. This year, it brought an influx of 300,000 extra people. The small downtown gained more advertising and bodies than Times Square. Every bar, store and restaurant became a venue and the usual Tejano polkas and fresh tortillas of my east Austin neighborhood were replaced by... Read More

Hip-Hop Culture is Occupying

A movement has swept across the globe… that being Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing series of demonstrations beginning September 17th, 2011, in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The protests have focused on social and economic inequality, high unemployment rates, greed, corruption, and the undue influence of corporations—particularly that of the financial services sector—on government. The protesters’ slogan, “We are... Read More

Sol Village CMJ Edition @ SOB’s

Check out photos from Sol Village’s CMJ showcase at SOB’s, and see the full slideshow here. Photos by TechieNYC  Read More

J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story [8.3]

After what seems like decades worth of anticipation, rapper J. Cole has finally stepped on the court with his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Being the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Cole has had to live up to a lot of hype and delivers with Cole World, an album which Cole produced 13 of the 19 tracks. Although the album was prematurely leaked a week prior to its release date, Cole has full faith in his fans, explaining... Read More

Jay-Z and Kanye West Drop “Otis” Video

Since Jay-Z and Kanye West dropped their newest album Watch the Throne, it’s demanded the attention of everyone in the hip-hop world. The track “Otis” off the new hit album was what started all the buzz. The visuals for the new video were directed by Spike Jonze, incorporating everything from fast cars and girls, to destroying and reinventing a Maybach. Watch it below.  Read More

Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Otis” …and the Otis Redding Day Festival

Jay-Z and Kanye West have been dropping hints about their collaborative album Watch The Throne for a grip now. Finally, they’ve released a track form the LP that we can all enjoy, entitled “Otis.” Produced by Kanye, he and Jay rhyme back and forth at each other without ever breaking for a chorus—all the while sampling Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” Maybe it’s their contribution to the celebration taking place... Read More



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