The New Generation of LA Rap Is Changing Everything
A group of rappers and producers are reimagining not just the sound of Los Angeles, but its slang, its fashion sense, and the cultural divide between blacks and latinos.
Salvador's Multi-Generation Axé Scene Spreads Black Brazilian Pride
From newer artists like Luedji Luna and Xênia França to veterans, we dive into the west African-inspired genre that won't be whitewashed.
The 7 Rappers Turning Chengdu into China's Unlikely Hip-Hop Hotspot
Beyond the Higher Brothers, these artists are helping shape the future of rap music in China.
Five Musicians Building a New World in the Face of Estonia's Isolated Past
The fall of the Soviet Union and homecomputing changed the face of music in the eastern European country, which now is full of musicians looking to the past to build the future.
These LA Artists Are Keeping Jazz Raw as Hell
Kamasi Washington and Thundercat are making jazz cool again, but they're far from the only Angelenos helping LA reclaim its status as a boundary-pushing jazz city.
A New Generation of South Africans Are Reviving 90s Genre Kwaito
As the country recovers from decades of white supremacist rule, a cohort of artists in Joburg and Cape Town are reinterpreting a classic genre.
Turkey's Death Metal Scene Thrives Despite Government Repression
With an authoritarian strongman in office and music venues scarce, brutal bands like Engulfed and Hellsodomy are still keeping the faith in Ankara and Istanbul.
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From Moscow with Flow: How Rap Became Russia's Most Important Genre
Relying on DIY methods and a "fuck the major labels" attitude, homegrown rappers are bringing a fresh, global sound to the Russian underground.
Myanmar's Metal Scene Stands Strong in the Midst of Political Upheaval
Metalcore is still king in capital city Yangon, but black and death metal are gaining ground in this troubled Southeast Asian political hotbed.
In Havana, Heavy Metal Is a Struggle
Despite a lack of resources and endless bureaucratic red tape, the Cuban extreme metal scene is flourishing.
Tel Aviv's Metal Scene Brings Hellish Noise to the Holy Land
Led by bands like Mortuus Umbra, Sonne Adam, and Dukatalon, the extreme metal scene in Israel's second-largest city is thriving.
Taipei’s Extreme Metal Scene Provides an Unlikely Home for Its Misfits
In Taiwan, choosing a life in the underground punk and metal scene means going against everything the dominant culture holds dear.