Jeff Chang has long been a figure associated with hip-hop, and understandably so. After all, the man co-founded the legendary SoleSides label (now Quannum Projects), helped launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, and others, and, most recently, published a groundbreaking history of the genre in 2004 with Can't Stop Won't Stop.Read more »
XLR8R's Issue 100 (Sept '06) featured another batch of photographs from one of our favorite mastermind's behind the lens, New York-based Christopher Glancy. For the shoot, Glancy captured a day in the life of a group of bored (yet very attractive) skate kids from Los Angeles. If you who missed the issue, those photos and more are now available from xlr8r.com, exclusively at Peepshow.Read more »
Since their inception in Jamaica during the 1940s, soundsystems have become an integral part of music culture and instrumental in the birth of reggae, bringing music to the masses in a way dancehalls couldn't. These large mobile discotheques placed high currency on low-end bass and overall volume. Once on the lawn, these often homemade systems would clash with rivals' systems for prizes and ultimately (and more importantly) the audience's respect. That tradition continues to thrive today in England, where UK soundsystems still burn on.
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