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The Big Hurt: The Game outs 50 Cent, Gucci Mane goes to the slam; plus, Julian Lennon's new titles, and more

I have nothing against the music of British rapper TINIE TEMPAH — I don't think I've even heard it, to be honest — but boy am I ever sick as heck of reading that name in print.  
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 23, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-s
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 02, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Calling all Rembrandts!

While scouring the press release bin for cheap laughs, I came across a story of some legitimate interest: a coalition of Dutch artists recently took out an ad in the New York Times advising "Do Not Enter the Netherlands — Cultural Meltdown in Progress
The Dutch 'Cultural Meltdown'
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 08, 2011
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Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
Higher calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2011
Round-up: Threats, Breasts, and other Gaga

Round-up: Threats, Breasts, and other Gaga


Ain't no knife-wielding, ex-FDNY firefighter gonna scare Madonna. Lady's from (close to) Detroit.Tina Fey too busy, funny for Twitter.Letterman wants check, not apology from failed...
By webteam  |  September 23, 2010

Ready Aim Fire debuts at Brian Boru; Poverty turns into Thommy

Former Gypsy Tailwind frontgal ANNA LOMBARD is now back in the game, post baby.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 06, 2010


50 Cent to P. Diddy via Twitter: Stand Down

50 Cent to P. Diddy via Twitter: Stand Down


Here's one rap battle we didn't quite see coming. It seems that 50 Cent, who in the past could be found in da club with...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 09, 2010
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Kings of Queens

When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010

50 Cent at Lewiston's Colisee


You've already got your father a lawn mower and some new golf balls. It's time to step up, and take him where he really needs...
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010
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Making change

John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010
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Two great flavors

"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it

ADAM LAMBERT 's spicy AMA performance continues to dominate entertainment headlines, weeks after it first scandalized the nation — but why does America care what a man does with another man in the secluded privacy of the American Music Awards?
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 11, 2009
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The Big Hurt: A healthy death

A member of the recently reunited BACKSTREET BOYS — the really Christian one who looks like the Beast from that 1980s Beauty and the Beast TV show — has swine flu. That doesn't even come close to being sufficient punishment for his many aesthetic at
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 16, 2009
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He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009
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The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)

A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 24, 2009


Cursebird: Who the fuck has Twitter's dirtiest mouth?


 Once again proving that the innernets are dragging down the level of discourse in this godfors...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 10, 2009
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The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.

In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
Hardcore heroes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2009
New Eminem ft. Dr. Dre and 50!

New Eminem ft. Dr. Dre and 50!


We think it's kind of awesome.  Enjoy before the fun police take it off the internets!  ...
By Fletcher  |  January 07, 2009
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Y'all come back now . . .

I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008

Crossword: ''Note for note''


Spend some time listening to music
By MATT JONES  |  December 23, 2008


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Part-time villain

As much as Ill Bill eschews clichés, the Brooklyn rap goon is either a righteous friend or a torrential enemy.
Ill Bill gets nice
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2008
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13 shots to the dome

What to do with LL Cool J?
The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
By RICHARD BECK  |  September 02, 2008
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The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief

Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 12, 2008
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World War III

Devastating news: Boy George has been denied entry to the United States!
The Big Hurt: Boy George vs. America; Coldplay vs. some dude; 50 Cent vs. chalupas
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 30, 2008
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More from Tyson

One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008


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The Big Hurt: Beef in brief

Ultra-classy rapper Khia, best known for urging America’s ladies to pop their anatomies and America’s men to lick her “crack,” is fixing to put me out of a job.

Guess whose guess-what is as raggedy as a mango seed


By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2008
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Prodigy

By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.

H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC


By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  April 22, 2008
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The ‘A’ word

How can the media cover a subject that nearly everyone’s thinking about, but is almost too abhorrent to discuss?

Is there one political story the press shouldn’t report?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 15, 2008
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Freeway

The Philly native isn’t the popster they hoped he would be.
Free at Last | Roc-a-Fella
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 05, 2008