Stereo Williams

Contributor to Billboard.com. 

Notorious BIG

Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' Forever Changed the Course of Hip-Hop 25 Years Ago

The rise of the Notorious B.I.G. brought a significant shift in hip-hop’s mid-90s landscape, setting the stage for so much of how the world would see the genre going forward. The man born Christopher Wallace was a peerless emcee, and his debut is one of the most fully-formed in music history. The way that it changed hip-hop has reverberated for 25 years.
Notorious BIG

Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die' Changed the Course of Hip-Hop History 25 Years Ago

The rise of the Notorious B.I.G. brought a significant shift in hip-hop’s mid-90s landscape, setting the stage for so much of how the world would see the genre going forward. The man born Christopher Wallace was a peerless emcee, and his debut is one of the most fully-formed in music history. The way that it changed hip-hop has reverberated for 25 years.
Motown 60

Does the Rest of R&B Suffer in the Shadow of Motown?

We should consider whether it’s past time to show more reverence to R&B’s multi-faceted history -- including other arbiters of classic soul, as well as more contemporary sounds of the 1980s and 1990s.

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