In hip-hop chronological order we speak to the Godfather of it all, Grandmaster Flash, profile EPMD, get crazy with ‘the lazy hustler’ and fourth Beastie Boy, Ricky Powell. Still in NYC, we speak to a leading voice for alternative hip-hop, EL-P and from the West Coast we catch up with Beat Junkie, J Rocc. Also profiling graffiti (fine) artist Jose Parla. In the new-school side of the magazine, we have exclusives with DELS and Ghostpoet as they launch their careers with original and nuanced albums. We speak with the men behind Numbers, the Glasgow based record label that has rewritten the rulebook on how techno, electronic, R’n’B, house and hip-hop music should sound and Dave 1 from Chromeo gives us the low-down on his top 5 rap albums. On the visual side, we delve deep into the Brainfeeder psyche, speaking with designer and artist Charles Munka about his contribution to the label’s distinct art direction.