“Queens Get the Money”: The Story of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ at 25

Paul Thompson, a deft and versatile writer, delivers an engrossing and utterly entertaining profile of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, the 25-year old album that would vault rappers Prodigy and Havoc — one a Queensbridge native, the other a NYC nomad — into the stratosphere of rap amid the Big Apple’s glory days holding the mic.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 24, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,343 words)

“Everyone Is So Afraid”: COVID-19’s Impact on the American Restaurant Industry

“For Café Rakka in Tennessee and its fellow restaurants nationwide, the Coronavirus pandemic has become a crisis unlike any in living memory. With tolls both human and financial, there’s no guidebook for how to move forward.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,771 words)

Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

“As the heavens opened up and rain poured down, the Purple One ran through a handful of covers and some of his own songs, delivering an iconic set on the biggest stage possible and only expanding his legend.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jan 29, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,138 words)

“You Can’t Recover If You’re Dead”

Overdose-prevention spaces save lives, but are curiously excluded from the American approach to addiction recovery. An investigation into why.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,745 words)

How “Summer Girls” Explains a Bunch of Hits—and the Music of 1999

LFO’s breakout song is remembered today primarily as an ode to Abercrombie & Fitch and the girls who wore it. But there’s a deeper story behind the light-hearted song—one that includes tragedy and paints a picture of what music was like at the turn of the century.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 29, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

A Sprawling Birthday Celebration for R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’

Breaking down the band’s 1984 masterpiece track-by-track, and talking about its magic with some of the band’s collaborators.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,924 words)

Don’t Let It ‘Go’ Away: The Frantic, Furious Making of a Cult Movie Classic

Twenty years after its release, director Doug Liman, screenwriter John August, and others recall the production of their 1999 indie film Go.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Mar 29, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,959 words)

The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

At Stanford University, a farm system for tech giants, “students are reconsidering whether working at Google or Facebook is landing a dream job or selling out to craven corporate interests.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,462 words)

The Cities That Amazon HQ2 Left Behind

Was Amazon’s HQ2 search a real contest, or a foregone decision rooted in a polarized economic system that funnels wealth toward a few major cities?

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 30, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,181 words)

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years ago, Nirvana turned down their amps and played the most memorable, original, and tender performance of their career. Here’s how history was made.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,958 words)