Now in its 37th year, this legendary event has featured scores of famous hip-hop artists. I had a chance to have a conversation with some of the featured artists and their contributions to the hip-hop game.
Out of that gumbo has been produced myriad cultural exports, and among New York's many contributions, there is salsa music. It can be defined as combining elements of various styles of Latin music, jazz, African and rock, and all of those ingredients were found in the Big Apple.
Marla Mase's self-portrait on the front cover of her new album Speak Deluxe actually does speak volumes about what she sings. The animalized photograph of her face verifies that Marla is peeved-off about something, or maybe everything.
It tugs on my soul at times to be natural in an environment that is so not.I believe in humanity, and having another space to grow another way of thinking, and this inspires me to write. When I write it's about the experience in the moment.