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Karriem Riggins; Credit: Anneka Bunnag

Karriem Riggins' Headnod Suite Is a Jazz Drummer's Take on Instrumental Hip-Hop

Jazz drummer and beatmaker Karriem Riggins just had a hell of a year. He produced Kanye West’s “30 Hours,” co-wrote and featured on Kaytranada’s “Bus Ride” and co-produced all of Common’s latest album, Black America Again with his fellow L.A. jazz/hip-hop artist, keyboardist Robert Glasper. Following Riggins’ critically acclaimed debut......
Uncle Jamm's Army circa 1982. Top row: Razor Sharp

Uncle Jamm's Army Was the West Coast's Real-Life Answer to The Get Down

Netflix’s The Get Down is a musical odyssey about the birth of hip-hop and its sometimes violent labor pains. Depending on whom you ask, the show is either white Australian director Baz Luhrmann playing Christopher Columbus to hip-hop’s origin story, or a sublime fantasy about the roots of the most......