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  • Inside the World's Largest Ventriloquist Convention

    VICE met roughly 500 puppeteers who gather at Vent Haven every year to buy new dummies, perform, and trade techniques.

  • Lurking the Lower East Side with Lurkavelli

    Outsiders have taken over the Lower East Side, but according to the rapper Lurkavelli, gentrification hasn't stopped the neighborhood's poverty and crime problems.

  • Acapulco Gold and Friends

    Spring starts next week, and to celebrate the hotly anticipated good weather, I'm premiering my latest skateboarding video, “Acapulco Gold and Friends.”

  • Dro FE Raps About Life on the Border of Texas and Mexico

    For this week's Mahal, I cruised the streets of New York with Dro FE, a Texan rapper who recently released a free self-titled EP exploring his childhood in the Rio Grande Valley, where you either drive a Lambo or live in a shack.

  • The Eramatics Are Teenage Rappers with Classic Hip-Hop Souls

    For this week's Mahal, I met with the super fly trio the Eramatics. TahJmall, Ziiion, and Lexington bonded in middle school over their mutual love for music and being knuckleheads. In between skipping class and staying out late, they discovered their...

  • Rilgood Is Brooklyn's Self-Proclaimed King of Nigeria

    For this week's Mahal, photographer Cheney Orr and I hooked up with our friend Rilgood—a rapper who calls himself “the King of Nigeria.” Rilgood immigrated from Nigeria to New York and since then has established himself as a musician known for his...