Articles by Phil Smith
An evocative picture of life in 90s New York City, The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, ‘Ready To Die’, introduced a vital voice in hip-hop.
A breakthrough song that established Biggie Smalls as the greatest of all time, Juicy reveals why the MC was ripe for world domination.
Offering consolation when British males needed it the most, Dry Your Eyes found The Streets spearheading emotional vulnerability in hip-hop.
As relevant now as ever, Daft Punk’s Digital Love echoed the past while pointing to the future of music – and relationships.
From pioneering grime cuts to unlikely emotive ballads, the best The Streets songs gave UK hip-hop the identity it had long been in search of.
In the wake of huge success, ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ found The Streets’ Mike Skinner tackling the corrosive effects of fame.
Capturing the zeitgeist of the early 21st century, Gorillaz’s debut album introduced the endlessly adaptable ‘virtual band’ to the world.
An exhilaratingly punishing look at our love/hate relationship with technology, Daft Punk’s ‘Human After All’ album remains a career high.
St Germain, aka Ludovic Navarre, talks to Dig! about fashioning the remix album ‘Tourist: 20th Anniversary Travel Versions’.
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