photo by Jade Wilson

Based on what we saw at "HERstory" at The Pinhook in November, we're headed for the upcoming "We Rhyme Too" event at Local 506, too. Read more



photo by Jade Wilson

In November, 9th flooded social media with a surprise announcement: He had signed Durham’s Swank and King Draft to Jamla, which would drop their new album at midnight. Read more



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Katz's new book, “Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World,” is a soul-searching account of his time leading the U.S. Department of State’s Next Level program. Read more

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The annual day-after-Thanksgiving show comes to Motorco on Friday with Young Bull, Africa Unplugged, and Ebz the Artist. Read more


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Last month, the Raleigh rap artist premiered his new LP, "I Thought I Knew," at a detail-oriented launch party at CAM Raleigh. Read more



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“It was important for me to broaden things. So you see a white girl playing the banjo. You see rock-type bands as well as hip-hop and R&B artists. I wanted it to extend outside of, ‘Oh, it’s Kaze, so it must be a rap studio.’" Read more


Rowdy contributes more than advocacy: He lives up to his name with an explosive stage presence and bars in abundance, which he delivers on his new EP. Read more


Malcom Brown’s positivity is infectious but not saccharine, and he raps on a level playing field with his audience rather than from a preachy position of authority. Read more


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photo by Jade Wilson

Where Friday night (with Ari Lennox and Jill Scott) was full of attendees trying to catch the feels, Saturday night was packed full of people ready to party and catch a buzz to bring back hip-hop’s first golden age. Read more



Photo by Jade Wilson

Get to know Sulaiman and Lesleigh Mausi, who are bringing Run-DMC, Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, Big Daddy Kane, and more big names (but not much jazz) to downtown Durham this weekend. Read more


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photo by Jade Wilson

Little Brother enjoyed being together as much as we enjoyed seeing them. Saadiq owned the stage. What more could a girl who equally loves hip-hop and '90s R&B ask for? Read more


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Of the many music festivals in the Triangle, Hopscotch is in the lead when it comes to supporting local hip-hop artists, and they do so with intention and consistency. Read more

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Photo by Brett Villena

The beloved true-school rap group will probably never be a trio again. But as they prepare to headline Hopscotch with a new album, Phonte and Big Pooh are stronger than ever. Here's how it happened. Read more


On "May the Lord Watch," the legendary Durham duo is in classic form, underscoring their influence on the hip-hop landscape from which they've been absent for too long. Read more



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Today, Okayplayer dropped "The Listening," an eleven-minute doc by a Durham filmmaker about the classic debut of the (mostly) reunited group. Read more



Photo by Ben McKeown

They’re on the radio. They’re curating festivals, shows, and cultural spaces. They’re doing PR and digital marketing. They’re capturing dope visuals, spitting fire lyrics, and crafting trap hooks. Some of them are mothers. This is our salute. Read more


Welcome to the INDY's inaugural Triangle Music Issue, which begins with this crazy thing we made. Read more

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Our readers picks for the best places to get out and have a good time in the Triangle. Read more

Best of the Triangle

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Photo by Shay Stifelman

Something’s smoldering in the world of Randy Maples, who’s among the most promising beat-wizards of local collective Raund Haus. Read more



File photo by Ben McKeown for INDY Week

“What a Wonderful Durham” was made in collaboration with the Youth Network at the organizationMade in Durham. Read more