Lauren Schwartzberg

Music

We Asked Musicians in Their 20s What They Think of the '27 Club'

What do Brodinski, Zola Jesus, Bobby Brackins, and more think of their impending 27th birthdays?
Lauren Schwartzberg
5.7.15
Music

Double Dutch's Forgotten Hip-Hop Origins

When hip-hop developed in New York, teams of girls would double dutch in the middle of dancing crowds at clubs, an element of the culture that has been lost along the way.
Lauren Schwartzberg
3.31.15
Stuff

We Asked Rappers What They Thought About 'Empire'

"This shit is bringing back the soul in TV and I'm with it."
Lauren Schwartzberg
3.28.15
Stuff

The Ancient History of Grills

As ever-present as grills may seem today, mouth bling isn't new. Actually, grills have been appearing, disappearing, and reappearing throughout human history in fits and spurts as civilizations have risen and fallen around the world.
Lauren Schwartzberg
12.15.14
VICE Premiere

​Stream ‘Silver Cloak,’ Drippin’s Debut EP

Drippin is one of those club music producers whose goal is to "have you on the edge of being uncomfortable."
Lauren Schwartzberg
11.11.14
Music

Lesbian Hip-Hop Hits Prime Time

SIYA is arguably the first out and proud lesbian rapper to reach a mainstream US audience. Her latest video for the song “Real MVP,” which featured the MC serenading a thick hip-hop honey, made its nationwide debut on the Oxygen network.
Lauren Schwartzberg
10.8.14
Ladies First

Nicki Minaj’s Former Manager Debra Antney Explains Why Nicki Is the Hardest Working Rapper Alive

"There wasn’t no partying, there wasn’t no drugs, there wasn’t no guys, there wasn’t none of that. There wasn’t no mess. She wasn’t on a bunch of meds, And she wasn’t into drama... She worked."
Lauren Schwartzberg
9.22.14
Ladies First

Public Enemy's Former Lawyer Talks Cultural Appropriation and Copyrights in Hip-Hop

"Genres of music cannot be owned, so there is no legal mechanism to protect rap artists from cultural appropriation. The best 'protection' is to have a diversity of critical voices opining on the artistic merit of the music."
Lauren Schwartzberg
9.15.14
Music

Play The Interactive Music Video Game For QVALIA's "Sound The Alarm"

We talked with QVALIA's Michael Hazani about learning to code so he could make a playable soundscape, as well as how he transitioned from EDM toplining to creating his own immersive projects
Lauren Schwartzberg
9.10.14
Ladies First

For MC Lyte, Hip-Hop No Longer Reflects Reality

MC Lyte released the first female rap album in 1988 and her fourth album was the first female rap album to go gold. I talked with the rap pioneer about race and gender within hip-hop culture.
Lauren Schwartzberg
9.2.14
Ladies First

Monie Love Thinks 'Okeydoke Rappers' Are Fucking It Up For Everybody Else

This past August, at the Summer Madness Music Festival & Conference, I took the time to ask a bunch of rap's female OGs about gender in hip-hop and the impact of the so-called "white-washing" of the culture. Who better than Native Tongues member and...
Lauren Schwartzberg
8.26.14
Music

A New Souls of Mischief Record Is Exactly What Hip-Hop Needs Right Now

Listening to Souls of Mischief’s latest album, <i>There is Only Now</i>, is like watching a 40-minute movie with your ears.
Lauren Schwartzberg
8.25.14
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