by Joe Biglin

by Joe Biglin by Paul Attard Feature Articles Music What Would Meek Do?

What Would Meek Do? | Issue 9

June 27, 2019

SoundCloud junkies Paul Attard and Joe Biglin run down some rap releases from the months of April and May in the latest What Would Meek Do?. This ninth official issue features takes on a few returning artists who’ve been covered by Meek in the past (YG’s 4Real 4Real and Denzel Curry‘s Zuu); two relatively underground groups (Snotty Nose Rez Kids‘ Trapline and Injury Reserve‘s self-titled debut); several bubbling internet acts (Megan Thee Stallion‘s Fever, Young Nudy‘s Sli’merre, and Queen Key‘s…

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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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