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Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 10 My Five Favourite Hip Hop Documentaries

Documentaries – unfairly – have long been seen as a snob’s film of choice. Instead of watching things blow up or men in capes fight evil or two people clumsily fall in love, documentaries are serious movies for serious people about serious things. That’s the only reaction when you see people speaking to (or next…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 9 Does The Album Still Have A Place In Music?

Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post for XXL in which I wondered if mixtapes were becoming better – and more important – than albums. My contention was that there are certain artists – Jadakiss, for example – that are better suited for the mixtape circuit, so they should really be judged on their…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 8 Guru: The Overlooked Great

This month will mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Elam, better known as Guru, one-half of the legendary group Gang Starr. Unfortunately, Guru, who was already one of the most underrated emcees in hip-hop history, has had his memory and legacy besmirched and exploited in recent years by his last musical associate,…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 7 Requiem For The Hip-Hop Soundtrack

Let us all bow our heads and take a moment to remember the hip-hop soundtrack. While 1983’s Wild Style is widely recognized as the first rap soundtrack, the trend really began in earnest at the beginning of the 1990s and, aside from a few exceptions, lasted for about a decade. At a time when mixtapes…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 6 The NBA & Hip-Hop: Til Death Do They Part

“Should I sell drugs, be a rap thug, or play ball?” – LL Cool J Basketball and hip-hop have been inexorably linked for decades. Basketball is a game that is played globally, of course, but unlike many other sports that need big facilities or piles of expensive equipment or lots of empty space, a basketball hoop…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 5 Prince Among Thieves - Hip-Hop's Best Picture

It is once again award season. The People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, and the Academy Awards all take place over the first two months of the year, so who deserves recognition for their work is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Despite hip-hop’s complicated history with the Grammys, it is the still…


Stateside With Christohper Pierznik: Episode 4 Rap Foes Turned Friends

Although it is often seen as an easy way to generate sales or cultivate attention, there is still real animosity in hip-hop. There have always been rap beefs and there will always be rap beefs. It’s one of the byproducts of a genre that is so dependent upon competition and ego. Many are the result…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik: Episode 3 The Best Three Album Runs In Hip-Hop History

Making a great album is not easy. Making another one is even tougher. However, the task of making three great albums in a row is a rare feat indeed, one that the vast majority of hip-hop artists, even the great ones, have failed to do. Don’t believe me? Think about this: neither of the (arguably)…


Stateside With Christopher Pierznik Episode 2 Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as “Real Rap”

A social media war of words broke out late last month after Angel Diaz, a writer at Complex, threw down the gauntlet and proclaimed that fans of “real” rap were basically haters, beginning his piece by writing, “You old head, super lyrical motherfuckers need to get over yourselves,” and proceeding to go so far as…

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