The Very Best on Hanging with Hyenas and Ezra Koenig

Given that the Very Best are the result of a less-then-immediately-intuitive cultural collaboration between a Malawian singer, Esau Mwamwaya, and a Swedish producer, Johan Hugo,…
David Marchese / July 13, 2012

Nas, Damien Marley, the Roots Lead Rock the Bells Bill

The lineup for this year's installment of the Rock the Bells festival has been unveiled, and it's jam-packed with top-notch artists: Nas, Damien "Jr. Gong"
Larry Fitzmaurice / April 7, 2009

SPIN.com’s Best of the Week, January 12-18

It's freezing outside, but here at SPIN.com HQ we're combating frostbite with hot new tracks courtesy of our favorite artists, including Justin Timberlake, Neil Young,…
SPIN Staff / January 17, 2009

Exclusive Stream: K’naan

As documented in the January '09 issue of SPIN, Somalian emcee K'naan's arduous journey from child refugee in his war-torn homeland to rising hip-hop artist…
Larry Fitzmaurice / January 13, 2009


If growing up in a tough hood makes you "real" in the hip-hop world, then K'naan has cornered the market on credibility. The MC was…
Dave Alexander / December 18, 2008