“If the Quest don’t look good, then Queens won’t look good
But since the sounds are universal, New York won’t look good”
-Phife Dog, A Tribe Called Quest, “God Lives Through,” Midnight Marauders, 1993.
Boom bap is one of the sounds of hip-hop: steady, pounding, swinging drums. Any hip-hop song from New York from 1989-2000 that you’d call an anthem is most likely boom bap.
The term boom bap also has a connotation of classic-ness. And therein lies the aim of this column. I take the hip-hop of today, and add in the “Boom Bap Backkstory” to it. I want to show the roots and long-term trends that have led to what’s present within the music today. The point is to tie everything together, and make hip-hop of different eras and styles more accessible. Read More »