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Elliott Wilson
expertly-curated hip-hop newsletter by Elliott Wilson
Created 15 Apr 2020
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  • why me—and everybody—loves the Biz
    17 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 13 5
    I’m not here for ‘the clown prince of rap’ references in today’s obituaries. And as great as the song is, Biz Markie is way more than “Just A Friend.” Biz is a true pioneer, a heart-and-soul figure of...
  • Elliott's 1996 'Reasonable Doubt' review
    25 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 14 1
    Yes. 25 years ago, I was writing about hip-hop. In fact, plenty of it was in my own magazine, ego trip. ego trip is a New York-based underground periodical that I co-founded with Sacha Jenkins and thr...
  • I Had To Call Uncle Murda
    02 Jan 2021 • 1 min read • 15 2
    Oh my gosh, back at it again (me and Murda, New York City, 2016). “I came in this whole music shit—poppin’ shit.” Like he always does at this time: Uncle Murda dropped his latest “Rap Up”song. He’s be...
  • 9 On It: Benny + the Best
    17 Oct 2020 • 1 min read • 7 0
    Benny The Butcher feat. Hit-Boy “Legend” (Griselda/Empire) “A legend soon? I’m a legend now.” BSF’s Benny The Butcher and 2020 production champion Hit-Boy finally unloaded Burden Of Proof and it lives...
  • 📻 i miss my radio dayz 🎙
    09 Oct 2020 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    From January 2012 to January 2014, I proudly hosted an internet radio show —called Keep It Thoro — for New York’s East Village Radio. Lots of magic happened on Friday nights 6-8pm ET at that tiny stud...
  • 👑 live from NY: it's me and Drake
    24 Sep 2020 • 11 min read • 11 1
    If you know me, you know I launched my CRWN live experience in spring 2013 with Tyler the Creator at NYC’s always underrated (and currently shuttered) Highline Ballroom. Five months later, after live ...
  • wild rare: my Jay Electronica interview
    19 Sep 2020 • 11 min read • 17 3
    Jay Electronica. I could write ten Mottos about the outlandish moments I’ve shared with this ⬆️ guy over the past decade, but let’s start with our first face-to-face, on-the-record conversation. With ...
  • the final Tupac tribute
    16 Sep 2020 • 8 min read • 8 1
    A key component of the YN era at XXL: in commemoration of his Sept. 13, 1996 passing, I often dedicated the October issue (released in September) to Tupac Shakur. The formula always succeeded, but in ...
  • 🤲🏽 my favorite Jay-Z album
    13 Sep 2020 • 5 min read • 19 1
    Be clear: it’s Blueprint over Reasonable Doubt for me. I’ve had the debate too many times to count — I’ve even gone back and forth about it with Mr. Carter himself. And there’s no changing my mind. Re...
  • 🗣 My quick chat with Black Thought
    31 Aug 2020 • < 1 min read • 8 0
    I have his “Good Morning” in heavy rotation, so I rang up Philly legend Black Thought to discuss the new song (Swizz Beatz, Pusha T and Killer Mike are also featured). It’s a quick bit of audio (press...
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