These LSD-Inspired Paintings Are Wild, Man

Don't let that fool you, they're really good!
Kara Weisenstein

This DC Taxi Driver Was a Superstar in Ethiopia

In the 60s and 70s, Hailu Mergia was a famous musician in Africa. But in the 80s, he made the painful decision to leave. Now he's poised for a comeback.
Avery L. White

An Illustrated Tribute to Blowfly

Filthy parody music king Clarence Reid a.k.a. Blowfly passed away on Sunday. Here are eight illustrations of the musician by a collection of talented artists and a short and touching essay by hip-hop historian Johan Kugelberg.
Nick Gazin

We Spoke to Afrika Bambaataa About Hip-Hop, Afrofuturism, and 'Bewitched'

"We're just sitting in the middle of space—the middle of the universe. Really, we're all extraterrestrials."
JS Rafaeli

The Story Behind Nas's 'Illmatic' Is Almost as Great as the Album Itself

Nas's vignettes about day-to-day life in the Queensbridge projects are not just paeans to New York City. The songs on his 1994 debut <i>Illmatic</i> give us a sense of the tastes and smells that defined a generation of urban youth.
Allie Conti

House of Jealous Lovers

Between 1969 and 1981, the Bandit soul and funk label put out some of the choicest cuts Chicago’s South Side had to offer. It was run by Arrow Brown, a charismatic, womanizing hustler. I got in touch with Tridia to find out the real story of Arrow—one...
Oscar Rickett
Question Of The Day

Have You Ever Pooped Your Pants?

Who hasn't pooped their pants or at least squeezed out a shart or two on the long road of life. Pooping yourself is kind of like losing your virginity or going to war, people who haven't done it just can't relate. We asked some New Yorkers about their...
VICE Staff

Givin' Up Food for Funk

I've spent a lot of time over the past four years traveling throughout America's Southern and Midwestern states searching for seemingly insignificant pieces of funk vinyl and I've learned this much: if you go to a city and take the time to hunt down a...
Eothen Egon Alapatt & Peanut Butter Wolf