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



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


“It’s about keeping your audience in the moment,” said Phonte Coleman, formerly half of the hip-hop duo Little Brother and currently the lead singer of soul outfit The Foreign Exchange. Read more



Illustration by Steve Oliva

The highlights from twenty-five years of stark, elegant storytelling by Wu-Tang Clan’s inseparable dart experts. (No OBFCL, because that would be too easy.) Read more


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Photo courtesy of Dreamville

After Hurricane Florence put the kibosh on the September debut of J. Cole's hip-hop fest in Dix Park, Dreamville tries again with a mix of familiar bookings and fresh faces. Read more


Also on this week’s INDYcast: What you need to know about Durham Mayor Steve Schewel’s State of the City address and a hot new track from FFFOOLERY. Read more

Wake County

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Photo by Anthony Supreme

Though it has yet to be rescheduled, the rapper's big dreams are having a big impact on his home state. Read more



File photo by Melody Ko

"I have a Ph.D. in hip-hop." These were the words that shifted the trajectory of my career in a split second. Read more