MUSIC + CULTURE2020-02-03T17:22:23+00:00

My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Journey From Podcast to HBO Special (Vulture, May, 2019)

Fuzzy Jones: The Original Dubplate Intro Man (Red Bull Music Academy, Aug., 2018)

How Yo! MTV Raps Changed Hip-Hop (NYMag/Vulture, June, 2018)

Women Are Keeping Dancehall Fresh (NYMag/Vulture, April, 2018)

Sounds of the Spice Isle: The Pure Grenada Music Festival Introduces The Island’s Talent to the World (ZiNG Magazine, March-April 2018)

Remembering Bert Padell: The Accountant Who Got Hip-Hop Paid in Full (NYMag/Vulture, Jan., 2018)

Chingo Bling: Rapper Turned Stand-Up Tackles Immigration in New Netflix Special (Rolling Stone, June, 2017)

Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Black Ark (The Dowsers, 2017)

The Essential Guide To Soca (Red Bull Music Academy, March, 2017)

Crazy For Country: Why St. Lucia Loves the Sounds of the American South (ZiNG Magazine, Sept/Oct, 2017)

Meet the Producers Who Brought Dancehall Back to the Charts (Billboard, Dec. 2016)

Vybz Kartel Speaks: After Five Years in Prison, He Still Rules Dancehall (Rolling Stone, Nov. 16, 2016)

How Soca is Absorbing Afrobeats to Create a New Subgenre (The Fader, Feb. 2016)

A Complete History of Canada’s Pop Music Takeover (Thrillist, Jan., 2016)

Why Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar Keep Putting Assassin On Their Songs (The Fader, March, 2015)

Q+A: Eddie Murphy (Rolling Stone, Jan., 2015)

‘The Sky Started Raining Panties’: Don Johnson on 30 Years of ‘Miami Vice’ (Rolling Stone, Oct., 2014)

Jan Hammer on the Music of ‘Miami Vice’ (Rolling Stone, Oct., 2014)

Cover Story: Popcaan Is Making Dancehall Nice Again (The Fader, Summer 2014)

Tony Rebel Has Been A Fixture on Jamaica’s Music Scene For 25 Years (RedBull.com, Jan., 2014)

Tip Drill Aims To Become Miami’s Next Female Rap Star (Miami New Times, Sept., 2013)

Debbie Deb, Freestyle’s First Lady (Miami New Times, June, 2013)

Death Row Records Photographer Simone Green Has the Last Laugh (LA Weekly, Jan., 2012)

DJ Screw: From Cough Syrup To Full-Blown Fever (The Guardian, Nov., 2011)

Stretch and Bobbito, Back on The Air (The Village Voice, Feb., 2011)

Vybz Kartel Puts Clarks Footprint on Jamaica (The Guardian, June, 2010)

The Hot Seat: Chris Rock (Time Out New York, April, 2010)

On TV One’s “Unsung,” Artists Get A Second Life (The Washington Post, March, 2010)

Interview: Erykah Badu (Time Out New York, March, 2010)

The Hot Seat: Mariah Carey (Time Out New York, Dec., 2009)

Funkin’ For Jamaica (Wax Poetics, 2009)

Pop Art Records (Wax Poetics, 2009)

Bun B: Still Trill (XLR8R Magazine Cover Story, March 2008)

Bass is Loaded: Babe Ruth’s Hip-Hop Homerun (Wax Poetics, 2008)
*Anthologized in Da Capo Press’ Best Music Writing 2009

And It Hasn’t Stopped: Ralph McDaniels’ “Video Music Box” Birthed A Generation of Hip-Hop Fans (Time Out New York, July, 2008)

Bomb The Suburbs: WBAU Put Strong Island on the Map (Wax Poetics, 2006)

Philip Smart’s HC&F Studio is New York’s Reggae Central (XLR8R Magazine, 2005)

Dancehall’s Soundclash Battles Are Alive and Kicking in the Outer Boroughs (Time Out New York, March, 2005)

DJ Premier: Hip-Hop’s Elite Producer Reps The Future (XLR8R Magazine Cover Story, Nov. 2004)

Take Me To Your Leader: MF DOOM is Viktor Vaughn. Or Is He? (Strength Magazine, Oct. 2003)