What Makes A Hip-Hop Album A Classic? (Editorial)

In all genres of music, the term "classic" prompts debate. Cultural conservatives argue it is used too freely, and often stamped on works of art prematurely. On the other hand, liberally-minded art patrons maintain that placing restrictions on calling an item classic misses the point entirely. Especially with so much... Read more

NahRight’s 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts

To celebrate the 19th anniversary of the release of The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die album yesterday, NahRight put together a phenomenal piece on 10 Classic Biggie Smalls Mixtape Cuts. Here's what NahRight had to say about their entry #6: 6. “Freestyle” (off Puff Daddy and DJ S&S’s Bad Boy... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, M.A.A.D. city Album Crosses the 1 Million Sold Mark (Food for Thought)

Salute to Kendrick Lamar. His good kid, M.A.A.D. city album has officially sold more than 1 million copies this week, according to SoundScan. There was a lot of conversation about the album being a classic when it was released. Now that it's been nearly a year since it debuted, would... Read more

Strong Arm Steady – Classic (Prod. Statik Selektah) (Video)

Here's the video for Strong Arm Steady's burner Classic. HEAT. Check it out. Related: Strong Arm Steady - Fair Fight featuring Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul & Jay Rock... Read more

Rakim: The Definition of a Classic documentary. Prepare to be taken on a journey through the music and impact of Rakim Allah, the God MC (Video)

Here's an incredibly well done mini-documentary on Rakim by Complex and Reebok Classic. It features tons of great historical photos and video footage, as well as sharp commentary from Bill Adler, DJ Premier, Noah Callahan-Bever (EIC of Complex) and Rakim himself. Props: 2DBZ Related: Video playlist celebrating the 25th Anniversary... Read more

Large Professor Breaks Down His Classic Records

Complex has a dope series where they interview legendary producers about the stories behind their classic tracks. The latest installment is with Large Professor. Check out what Extra P had to say about producing for Main Source, Nas and more here. Also, check out our playlist of tracks produced by... Read more

Masta Ace – BK (We Don’t Play)

Here's a previously unreleased Masta Ace song from the early 2000s. The track is produced by Paul Nice and you may recognize it as the track that DJ Premier flipped several years later in his remix of Classic. Check both songs out below. Here's Primo's Classic (literally): Read more

MED is the truth. He actually holds his own with Talib Kweli on Classic.

Check out the video. Med - Music - More Music Videos... Read more