Finish the Lyrics: 50 Years of Hip-Hop

NYPL staff and patrons put their lyrical prowess to the test with Dr. Brandy McNeil, Deputy Director of Branch Programs and Services. Can you recall the words to these iconic verses? 

VIBE Magazine Archive at the Library for the Performing Arts

The Library for the Performing Arts is home to the entire collection of Vibe magazine print periodicals—a magazine started by Quincy Jones and David Salzman in 1993 that captured the golden age of hip-hop. It profiled rappers like Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and the Notorious B.I.G., and served as a record of the raw feelings and differences of opinion underpinning the East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop battles of the late 90s. In this video, Julius Tanner, Senior Librarian, takes us through the world of 90s-era hip-hop as seen through the pages of Vibe, including not just music, but fashion, entertainment, and Black intellectuals.