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  • September 4, 2017

    A Drum Machine and Some Freedom: An Interview With Mannie Fresh

    Mannie Fresh–producer, rapper and DJ–is a true legend of hip-hop. The architect of the Cash Money sound, Fresh spent years perfecting bounce within New Orleans, before spearheading the label’s mainstream crossover, bringing southern hip-hop to the top of the charts, … Read more »

  • September 1, 2017

    Bounce: Cash Money Records

    Since 1998, Cash Money Records, the New Orleans-born label founded by Ronald “Slim” and Bryan “Baby” Williams, has been a rap giant. Bursting into the mainstream in 1998 on the backs of the Big Tymer’s bling-heavy hits and Juvenile’s lightning-fast … Read more »

  • August 29, 2017

    Preview: Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival Week

    For New Yorkers, neighbors and lovers of Caribbean fêtes far and wide, you’ve got a lot to look forward to this week. Yes, it’s time again for Brooklyn’s world-famous Labor Day Parade–A.K.A. the West Indian American Carnival Parade–and all of … Read more »

  • August 29, 2017

    Amadou and Mariam’s New Video “La Confusion”

    Amadou and Mariam, musicians from Mali who are now based in France, have released a video for their new album’s title track, “La Confusion.” Fittingly enough, this earworm of a song might just make you go “Huh?” Their story has … Read more »

  • August 28, 2017

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Soca Star David Rudder

    To highlight the upcoming New York appearances by soca master David Rudder, this week’s “Best of The Beat” will fill you in on the story of this much-beloved Trinidadian Calypso Monarch. African music historian Gary Stewart interviewed the articulate singer … Read more »

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