Author Archives: Brooks Newkirk
Where My Girls At?
Hip-hop has always been a male-dominated genre. But in its infancy, there was room for women to rock the mic next to big names in rap like LL Cool J and Run DMC, helping propel hip-hop into popular culture. Queen … Continue reading
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Music Festival Showcases ‘Game Boy’ Artists
Chip art, which fuses retro game technology such as Nintendo Game Boys with old school computers like the Commodore 64, is an underground movement that has spread from Japan to Europe to America. Even though the genre is gaining momentum, … Continue reading
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Owner of Legendary Vinyl Shop Says Goodbye
Music is Joe Long’s life. As the owner of Birdel’s Record Shop in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn for more than 50 years, Long has witnessed the evolution of music from the Motown-era in the 1960s to the oversexed R&B currently on heavy … Continue reading
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Mixtapes and R&B
The mixtape has been a stable in hip-hop since the genre emerged in the 1970s. Rappers and DJs, both mainstream and independent, have used mixtapes to get music to fans and now R&B artists are doing the same. An overwhelming … Continue reading
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Finding the Next Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has opened the gateway to hell. Much like New Edition and New Kids on the Block set the stage for a slew of boy bands like Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and 98 Degrees in the 90’s, the Biebs is … Continue reading
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