June 8, 2016

What Life Is All About

By Brian Michael Murphy

Just finished Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Here are four things the sordid, elegant, contemplative, coke-infused pages of this wonderful book made me want to do: […]

June 6, 2016

The Data Mine of Rap

By Brian Michael Murphy

The Raplyzer is a computer program that automatically analyzes rhymes from rap lyrics and ranks rappers according to their Rhyme Factor. Created by Eric Malmi, a doctoral student in Computer […]

March 30, 2016

Phife’s Islands

By Brian Michael Murphy

The third death of A Tribe Called Quest occurred last week with the passing of Phife Dawg. The first death came after The Love Movement, when the group broke up; […]

June 12, 2015

The Low Pass Theory, Part 2

By Brian Michael Murphy

Beyond the dense childhood memories of musical sound sieved through cinder block, another archetypal memory carried by a number of hip hop producers and artists—including KRS-ONE, the RZA, as well […]

December 13, 2013

To Review or not to Review

By Amit Majmudar

Should reviewers write negative reviews, or pass over books they don’t like in silence? Should they make a point only to write positive reviews? Should they review writers they know? […]

November 28, 2013

Happy Birthday to “Midnight”

By Brian Michael Murphy

A few weeks ago, an important literary event went unnoticed in the literary world: Midnight Marauders turned twenty. Midnight, the third album of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called […]

October 11, 2013

Skyscrapers of Light

By Brian Michael Murphy

In 1938, Westinghouse buried a time capsule in a section of Queens described as a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby. The time capsule was supposed to contain a […]

June 29, 2010

A Hot Little Poem

By Tamiko Beyer

It’s hot in New York. I mean, really, really hot. Do The Right Thing hot. Drag your mattress out on the fire escape to sleep hot. Crack open a fire […]

March 12, 2010

New York Minutes

By Tamiko Beyer

I’ve been in New York City all week. Unlike my quietly paced life in St. Louis, my days in New York mimic the rhythm of the city’s pedestrians: full tilt, […]