Janette Beckman

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A Cultural History of New York, As Seen Through Kim Hastreiter’s Stuff

June 23, 2021

The co-founder of Paper magazine has amassed a museum’s worth of curiosities consisting of treasured gifts from friends, alongside pieces she deems culturally significant or just downright bizarre. Here, she takes us through some of them.

Lil Tecca and Rico Nasty Talk Haters, Baby Tigers, and Skipping Prom

April 16, 2020

The 17-year-old rapper isn’t interested in the perks of hip-hop stardom.

Austin Augie’s Guide to Catching a Free Ride on a New York City Cab

April 10, 2020

Please don’t actually do this. Seriously.

Saeed Jones’s Bracing New Memoir Is No Walk in the Park

October 8, 2019

In his new phenomenal new memoir, the author takes an unflinching look back at his Texas childhood.

Damian Lillard, The Rapper Who Happens To Be An NBA Superstar

September 30, 2019

“I think over time, even if I’m not considered the best, people will remember that Dame was a real rapper.”

Dapper Dan on Gucci, gangsters, and his unstoppable fashion empire

May 5, 2018

The Harlem couturier also addresses his unexpected collaboration with the luxury design house.

Who the hell are Brockhampton?

March 30, 2018

The Los Angeles hip-hop collective are impressively diverse and versatile.

The Shacks are more than an iPhone commercial band

March 30, 2018

This New York duo creates a dream-pop world with a vintage vibe.

Defiant rapper Tommy Genesis is insatiable and completely in control

March 14, 2018

The Canadian star doesn’t want to be pinned down by our assumptions—she wants to challenge them.

Performance artist Moor Mother isn’t afraid of confrontation

December 19, 2017

The Philly-based poet, artist, musician, and Afrofuturist is getting louder by the minute.

Carolee Schneemann’s Art is Not Made for Your Comfort

October 16, 2017

The artist spoke with Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist about her roller-coaster legacy and the similarities between farm work and art.

Take it to the Streets

May 16, 2017

Pre-Fall’s collegiate inspired outerwear has a strong point of view. Spread the message.

Salomon Faye

May 11, 2017

On his new EP, the harlem rapper strikes a balance between music and message.

Ray Blk

January 19, 2017

The London singer found her true voice when she held nothing back.

Stone Island

January 13, 2017

Italian sportswear cult label Stone Island’s luxurious, tech-focused utilitarianism has tribal street appeal—an urban-cool symbol of belonging.

Banks

December 8, 2016


The L.A. chanteuse synthesizes R&B conventions into pop hits with a cerebral twist. on her new album, she hits her stride.

Ghetto Gastro

October 17, 2016

The homegrown culinary collective shakes things up in the Bronx and beyond.

Grouper

November 7, 2014

From a secluded cabin in portugal, the lo-fi folk songwriter sends her beautifully airy sound even higher.

Dillon Cooper

January 27, 2014

The latest hip-hop sensation to come out of the BK likes his jazz jazzy, his R&B silky smooth, and his rap from the ’90s.