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Blue Chips: June 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / June 26, 2020

Great Expectations: An Oral History of Jurassic 5’s Quality Control

"Real hip-hop." For the cargo short and Jansport wearing set, these regressive and myopic words are synonymous with whatever rap era or aesthetic they deem…
Max Bell / June 18, 2020

Blue Chips: May 2020 in New Hip Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / May 29, 2020

American Psycho: Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP at 20

"I am forever chasing The Marshall Mathers LP. That was the height of what I could do. I just don’t have the rage I did…
Max Bell / May 22, 2020

Blue Chips: April 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers…
Max Bell / April 24, 2020

Blue Chips: This Month in New Hip-Hop

Rap isn’t a sport. It’s an art, a genre of music with so many nuances that the debate over what qualities constitute a "good rapper"
Max Bell / March 27, 2020

Q&A: Earl Sweatshirt and Lionel Boyce Are DJ Billy Jole

On Wednesday night, Earl Sweatshirt and Lionel Boyce became one. They were no longer the Odd Future MC behind the incredible Doris album, and the…
Max Bell / April 17, 2014

Art-Twerk: Diplo Brings Multimedia Installation ‘Blow Your Head’ to Los Angeles

"Blow Your Head" is an interactive art exhibition created by DJ/producer/Mad Decent founder Diplo and New York-based photographer/filmmaker Shane McCauley. Combining music, photography, and video,…
Max Bell / September 5, 2013