by Joe Biglin

#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

The Pharcyde | Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

August 6, 2019

The West Coast has always been a boon for launching rap oddities; today, it’s brought us Lil B and Blueface, and in the ’90s, Cypress Hill, E-40, and The Pharcyde. Pharcyde made the perfect counterpoint to the rising (and often bleak) gangster sub-genre, portraying themselves as the endlessly clowning stoner-kids-from-class on their 1992 debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.…

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#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

Lil’ Kim | Hard Core

The adage coined by Charlotte Whitton — that women must work twice as hard to be considered half as good as men — was repeatedly validated as women began to make serious gains on men in 20th century art. Take the rap game: it…

May 28, 2019
#PopRocks by Joe Biglin Music

Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride

From the moment Vampire Weekend stepped off the Columbia University campus and quite literally into Rostam Batmanglij’s “studio” apartment to record songs about Lil Jon, the United Nations, and their own grammatical inclinations, they have been nothing if not indie-pop royalty. The band’s self-titled…

May 9, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Joe Biglin Music

Run-DMC | Run-D.M.C.

To distinguish between “old-school” hip-hop of the late 1970s and the “new school,” founded primarily by Run-DMC and LL Cool J, listen to Kurtis Blow’s 1980 cut “Hard Times.” Socially-conscious lyricism is underscored by smooth-groove funk; it’s party music, replete with a minute-long bongo…

March 9, 2019
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