Dec 9, 2013 — The rapper, singer, poet and songwriter performs three tracks from this year's Parts of Speech with the aid of a full band. With backing vocals from Aby Wolf, Dessa overcame a bad cold to nail this forceful, whip-smart set.
Dec 6, 2013 — We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is on the same subject.
Dec 1, 2013 — No contemporary artist is more dedicated to keeping the funk alive than Los Angeles producer Damon Riddick, a.k.a. Dām-Funk. His collaboration with iconic rapper Snoop Dogg is heavy on George Clinton's cosmic grooves and notable for its many moments of subtlety.
Nov 30, 2013 — One of the big winners in last week's New Zealand Music Awards was the singer Aaradhna, who took three major awards including Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb. Aaradhna recently visited OPB's studios in Portland, Ore., where she performed "Keep My Cool."
Nov 25, 2013 — This month Bun B, one half of the Underground Kingz, released his fourth solo project and celebrated the 21st anniversary of his group's first album. The musician from Port Arthur, Texas, also speaks about his drive, Ed O.G. and the meaning of trill.
Nov 21, 2013 — Madison Square Garden has figured large in hip-hop culture, and this weekend the arena hosts two nights of Kanye West's Yeezus tour and the final performance of A Tribe Called Quest. We're giving away two tickets to Sunday night's show.
Nov 12, 2013 — The oratorical alt-rap duo featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born returns with a follow-up to 1996's The Album. The new record demonstrates that the two are as capable as ever of illustrating the musicality of hip-hop.
Nov 12, 2013 — The duo from Huntsville, Ala. parted ways last fall but say now that they've had some time to grow as men, they're ready to clock back in.
Nov 11, 2013 — For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited Prince Paul, Mike Dean, Faith Newman, Stretch Armstrong and Ralph McDaniels — all working in hip-hop 20 years ago — to tell stories about a singularly productive and creative year in the culture.
Nov 11, 2013 — The Nashville rapper and the Canadian producer crossed paths and made a private, regretful and graceful breakup song.