For many fans, GZA’s sophomore solo release Liquid Swords is one of crowning achievements of the entire Wu-Tang Clan’s discography. While the LP is replete with back-to-back bangers, perhaps one of the album’s most memorable songs is “Labels,” in which the Genius takes aim at the record industry and name-checks over 40 different labels in a seamless stream of rhymes. Now, in celebration of the GZA’s 46th birthday today, Get On Down dissects the track to see how many of the imprints named in the song have stood the test of time.
While concerts like Summer Jam and tours like Rock the Bells have made live Hip Hop shows stadium-status, there was once a time when Hip Hop performaces existed almost exclusively in clubs. Perhaps one of the most celebrated and notorious Hip Hop clubs of the past two decades was the Tunnel, a New York venue that helped established some of Hip Hop’s biggest stars during the ’90s. Now, in a recent article from Complex, artists and industry figures like Funkmaster Flex, DMX, Michael Rapaport and more detail a history of the infamous nightlife spot.
Finally, the summer of 2012 is winding down and many fans are preparing for a slew of anticipated releases in the fourth quarter. But before media outlets jump the gun on projects due out later this year, The Boombox has come through with a list of the 15 best Hip Hop and R&B albums of 2012 so far. With inclusions like Nas’ Life is Good and OFWGKTA’s OF Tape Vol. 2, the list takes an inclusive and critical look at a few of the more exceptional efforts of the first part of this year.