The hip-hop fan has lost his way. Somewhere along the lines, listeners stopped being critics and started being collectors, and our emphasis on consumption trounced our desire to digest. With the relentless streams of singles, leaks, and mixtapes flooded out and aggregated daily, we’ve become so concerned with copping the latest music that we’ve forgotten to actually listen to it, think about it, and let it affect us. To paraphrase a wise man, David Chappelle: “If [Hip-Hop] were currency, its stock would be plummeting! You’ve flooded the market with it!” That’s where we come in.
The Interludes are the thoughts, ideas, and commentary that surround the jams you love. They are feature articles, reviews, theses, and overall in-depth social documentation of the current climate of the urban music industry, with each post accompanied by a downloadable mix tailored to its content. Blog meets literary mag meets radio show, Nah Right meets The New Yorker meets Hot 97. Our goal: to give hip-hop back its intellectual value, its artistic merit, and its social relevance. We’re looking at what’s dropped in our hands everyday by the blogosphere, and digging a little deeper. Simply put, The Interludes are what’s between the music.