Jesse Gissen is a proud music head hailing from Brooklyn, NY. A former editor for XXL Magazine and SOHH.com, Gissen has a history of breaking news and breaking a sweat, especially after beating your favorite rapper in a pushup contest. Nowadays you can catch Jesse kicking a dope VS right here at Mass Appeal.
The Beastie Boys have great hip-hop moments frozen in time, but for punk rock, these kings were known to share the stage with rock royalty. John Joseph of the Cro-Mags re-tells the story of MCA at CBGB, playing bass for his legendary hardcore band.
One of the Notorious B.I.G.'s earliest recordings inspired remakes, remixes and covers, but is Rita Ora's recent spin honoring the past, or desecrating his classic material? Mass Appeal takes it to the stats.