Though emcees such as Roxanne Shanté and Antoinette had been releasing standalone singles for some time, MC Lyte’s 1988 debut, Lyte As A Rock, was hip hop’s first solo female LP. A critical and commercial success, it paved the way for female emcees throughout the ‘90s and beyond. In this edition of Behind…, we break down the impressive and oft-hilarious trailblazer.
One of the most important albums of all time, Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ is turning thirty. In celebration of hip hop’s most revered LP, we’re taking a look at the samples that underpin PE’s magnum opus.
In this, the second part of our breakdown of Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, we cover from "Night of the Living Baseheads" to "Party For Your Right To Fight."
Big Daddy Kane’s 1988 debut, ‘Long Live The Kane,’ remains an important milestone in hip hop. Kane’s lyrical dexterity and fast-paced delivery would influence artists such as Nas and RZA, helping shape the ever-evolving art of hip hop. In honour of the 30th anniversary, we’re breaking down the samples throughout the classic debut!
‘Take Me To Your Leader,’ the sole album by Daniel Dumile's King Geedorah, turns 15 today. We’re looking back at the samples that help make it such a standout album in Dumile's already-substantial canon.
In this instalment of the ‘Behind…’ series, we tackle Quasimoto's debut LP, The Unseen. Let’s delve into the samples that helped make the 2000 record such an essential slice of underground hip hop.
The second instalment in our exhaustive breakdown of Quasimoto’s The Unseen. In this piece, we cover the samples from track nine, “Real Eyes” to track sixteen, “Green Power.”
The third instalment of our sample-chronicling journey through ‘The Unseen,’ Quasimoto’s landmark underground debut, finds us exploring tracks from "Jazz Cats Pt. 1" to album closer "Discipline 99 Pt. 1."
Joey Badass was yet to graduate when he released ‘1999,’ his career-launching debut mixtape. Now, six years on, the tape that launched his career is finally on Spotify. We take a look at the samples underpinning Joey’s debut, exploring production from DOOM, Lord Finesse, Knxwledge and many more.
As part of our focus on Madlib, we're delving into his extensive and intimidating catalogue. This week, we look at his four multi-instalment album series: Beat Konducta, Rock Konducta, Mind Fusion and Madlib Medicine Show.