Hip-Hop Culture

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    We From Dallas Hip-Hop Documentary Trailer: Watch

    Some of the founding members of longtime local rap stalwart Poor Vida Productions, have teamed up with Media 13 for a major project: This summer, they'll screen the feature-length documentary We From Dallas. The film will tell an oral history of the Dallas hip-hop scene through a series of comprehen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Why Did Bob Schneider Film a Harlem Shake Video in Dallas This Weekend?

    Consider the damn state of things when a songwriter with a decade-plus experience, in front of an adoring sellout crowd at the Granada Theater, says the following halfway through his set: "Alright, we're gonna do a Harlem Shake video." Bob Schnedier pulled on a Luchador mask after he said it and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Billboard Now Counts YouTube Plays, so "Harlem Shake" is Number One

    "Harlem Shake" is the No. 1 song in the United States of America this week, which means that now is your chance to listen to more than fifteen seconds of it. Baauer's meme soundtrack is the beneficiary of a Billboard rule change--YouTube views have been added to the Hot 100 calculations, joining phy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Does the Harlem Shake Mean We'll Never Escape Viral Dance Memes?

    I don't mean to get too weepy here, so soon after Valentine's Day, but I think this is true, and important: You never forget your first viral-video dance meme. I'm sorry, "Harlem Shake" partisans, but it's true. Whether it was "Call Me Maybe," all the way back in 2012, or "Gangnam Style," all the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Run-D.M.C. Reunite For Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest announced this morning that NYC hip-hop pioneers Run-D.M.C. will reunite for the November fest for the first time in a decade, with surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels. The join a lineup including Rakim, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould and Agai ... More >>

  • Music

    July 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Poor Vida's Third Annual Elements of Hip-Hop Drops Knowledge

    In the native tongue of hip-hop heads, the notion of the Four Elements is as familiar as the boom-bap of an 808 drum machine. Allow us this quick primer for those who may be less familiar. Hip-hop culture is composed of four distinct disciplines, or elements, that together make up a rich and diverse ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012

    DeSoto SolJazz Festival at DeSoto Eagle Stadium

    Saturday, June 9, at DeSoto Eagle Stadium

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    Chingo Bling

    Sunday, July 31,at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Things Dallas Hip-Hop Could Learn From The Rest of The Dirty South Movement

    ​[Editor's Note: On Thursday night, Ben Westhoff, a frequent contributor to our print edition and a sometime contributor here on DC9, will be stopping by Cliff Notes in Oak Cliff for a reading and signing session to promote his new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Souther ... More >>

  • Music

    October 14, 2010

    Tech N9ne, E-40

    Thursday, October 14, at the Ridglea Theatre in Fort Worth

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Night Moves: Elements of Hip-Hop at The Green Elephant

    Ray and Peter Lek​Another Independence Day party for you. July 4th at the Green Elephant showcased a variety of Dallas' Hip Hop culture for Elements of Hip Hop presented by Rec Shop, Poor Vida and Vigilante Music Group. The style of acts and performances ranged from rap to reggae (see Ugly Lion, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 4: DJ A1

    ​This week's DC9er takes you behind the booth with Dallas-based, hip-hop expert DJ A1. Having been exposed to DJ culture at a young age (back in the day, he used to tag along with his cousin, who was a DJ at the time), A1 entered his first DJ battle at age 16--and he came in second place. Not too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Q&A: Justin Bua Brings "The DJ" And The Rest of His Iconic Work To Dallas

    Justin Bua at 4th Wall Gallery.Even if the name Justin Bua doesn't ring a bell, chances are you've seen New York City-raised artist's work--most notably, his almost ever-present piece "The DJ." It's the image on which Bua made his name as a prominently hip-hop-centric artist, leading the way to his ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2008

    Get Your Rocks On

    Simmons hosts D.E.F. fundraiser

  • Music

    September 25, 2008

    Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

    Thursday, September 25, at the Granada Theater

  • Music

    September 11, 2008

    Grandmaster Flash

    Friday, September 12, at Ghostbar

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008
  • Calendar

    April 26, 2007

    Joyeux Anniversaire

    La Reunion celebrates a big first

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Pop's Kid

    DJ Rob Viktum's unlikely upbringing was in—get this—Amarillo

  • Music

    March 8, 2007


    Wednesday, March 14, at Hailey's, Denton

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Verbal Seed

    Friday, February 23, at Gypsy Tea Room

  • Music

    January 25, 2007
  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Monkeys Shine

    Get Frantic with Dallas duo

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    Cut Chemist

    The Audience's Listening (Warner Bros.)

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2006

    Roy Williams Likes it Slow

    This is how Kelly Rowland felt when Roy Williams called off their engagement. More or less. There's a piece about Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland's busted nuptials with Dallas Cowboy defensive end Roy Williams in the new issue of Vibe Vixen, the ladies-first version of hip-hop bible Vibe. And what do ... More >>

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Soul Position

    Things Go Better with RJ and AL (Rhymesayers)

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    Dilated Peoples, Little Brother

    Saturday, March 25, at the Gypsy Tea Room's "Tea Room"

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2006
  • Music

    February 16, 2006


    Magnificent City (Decon Inc.)

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2006

    Dancing King

    Garth Fagan makes dance accessible again

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    Get The Juice

    Deep Ellum is rattled by a murder, but Fair Park is shaken by something even bigger.

  • Home Entertainment

    November 10, 2005

    Street Fighters

    The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it.

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Grandmaster Flash

    Friday, September 30, at Liquid Lounge

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    RJD2, Lyrics Born, Diplo

    Wednesday, December 8

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best After-Hours Cultural Fix

    Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Gang Starr

    The Ownerz (Virgin)

  • Music

    October 10, 2002


    October 11

  • Music

    April 25, 2002


    All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Nathaniel Merriweather Presents...

    Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By (75 Ark)

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Open to All

    Black Eyed Peas hope they're luckier in 2001 than they were last year

  • Culture

    November 16, 2000

    Not-so-crazy Rhythm

    Rhyme Deferred finds the art at the heart of hip-hop

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Hop online

    Is Russell Simmons' the best hope to bring hip-hop culture onto the Internet?

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    Invisibl touch

    The Invisibl Skratch Piklz are so good, they had to retire -- sort of

  • Music

    November 11, 1999

    Handsome Dan

    Dan "The Automator" Nakamura loves hip-hop -- but he loves music more