new york city rap

Earlier this year, A$AP Rocky’s landlord in New York City reportedly sued him for allegedly turning a closet into a recording studio, damaging a bathroom, removing a chandelier, and more. Now, Rocky has filed a countersuit. He claims the landlord neglected maintenance that would have prevented two floods in the unit, including one that caused him to spend a month renting elsewhere. In response to the reported $100,000 suit, Rocky has sued to retrieve his $40,000 deposit, plus damages. [via Pitchfork]


“The East Village …was just exploding. All kinds of new things were starting. In music, it was the punk and new wave scenes. There was a migration of artists from all over America to New York. It was completely wild. And we controlled it ourselves.” - Keith Haring 

(Rolling Stone Magazine, 1989)


On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 - Eighteen year old Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) throws a block party in the first floor rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in New York City. Advertised as a “Back To School Jam”, flyers handwritten on 3x5 index cards are distributed widely throughout the neighborhood. The event is filled to capacity, attracting 300 people. Herc sets up his powerful sound system in the room, spinning a mixture of R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock records. Using duplicate copies of the same record on two turntables, Herc isolates and extends the breakdown of these songs to the delight of the crowd. The event is a huge success and leads to the DJ spinning at even larger events on the streets and in clubs in and around the Bronx. However, the first party is regarded as a watershed event in history as the birth of the Hip Hop Movement. Happy 43rd Birthday, Hip Hop!!!


Here is the full video for my latest song “One”


browntown ep 1: Anik Khan

“You see where I come from?”

Rapper and musician Anik Khan was born in Dhaka and grew up in Queens, New York. He raps about being Muslim, an immigrant, and his father, who was a freedom fighter in Bangladesh before they moved to the US. Last month his single “Too Late Now” reached the top of the stack of Spotify’s Top Viral Hits.

In browntown’s first episode, Anik talks about the neighborhood he grew up in, his favorite Bollywood actress Kajol, and his music.

browntown is a video series project from Kajal Media that aims to collect stories from the global South Asian diaspora


Donald, that was nice negotiation, welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation. Would you like to join us? Or stay gritty doing whatever the hell it is you do in New York City?