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11 Hometown Hip-Hop Theme Songs for #OccupyBoston
More Occupy Boston Pics Here Every revolution needs fresh theme music. Especially one organized by contemporary counter-culture warriors, who tend to have eclectic tastes. I'm...
| September 29, 2011
[awesome video alert] Frankensteez - "Skeleton Key" (Plus: "Mister Jason Has A Posse" Download and 12")
So I've ate, shit, and slept with Mister Jason's Frankensteez project for nearly six days now, and it's rewind-button-city-all-day. Despite having disappeared from the recording...
| July 27, 2011
In the 6/10 issue: Summer Preview showers you in food, music, and drunken shenanigans; plus Akrobatik lives, Super 8 invades, and more
Summer has finally arrived (we think) -- that time when Boston transitions from cold and rainy to hot and muggy, at least in theory. Whatever,...
| June 13, 2011
Akrobatik: down but not out
It's hard to evaluate life-threatening illnesses if you skipped med school to kick rhymes.
The beat goes on
| June 10, 2011
Update On Boston MC-Athlete Favorite Akrobatik (Plus Benefit This Saturday @ The Middle East)
An artist always on the move, Akro’s health scare did not come from a lack of exercise. He... Originally posted on soxmobster.tumblr.com. Chris Faraone's book, "How...
| June 09, 2011
Report: Akrobatik in stable condition after suffering heart attack
Music blog Hip Hop DX is reporting that AKROBATIK suffered a heart attack last night, also reporting that the Boston emcee "went into open heart...
| May 13, 2011
The night before this interview, Bomshot pulled what might go down as the most boneheaded stunt in Boston hip-hop history when, in the middle of a crowded Slaine and Ill Bill show at Harpers Ferry, he attempted to cheap-shot the former from behind.
Bomshot makes a better MC than neighbor
| May 28, 2010
Guru tribute at the Middle East downstairs
The Phoenix paid tribute to the late great Roxbury-born rapper Guru (and Gang Starr) with a cover story this past week, and now it's time...
| May 26, 2010
Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr
Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
| May 21, 2010
Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010
An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
| May 14, 2010
Photos: Nova-Cain ''Birthday'' single release show
Nova-Cain, Vee Knuckles, Millyz, Letia Larok, and more
Nova-Cain, live at the Middle East, April 27, 2010
| May 07, 2010
Tale of the tapes
Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhy
Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
| November 27, 2009
FREE DOWNLOAD: D-Tension Remixes Akrobatik's "Absolute Value" Using All Van Halen Samples. Really.
Though D-Tension is a WFNX DJ, and Akrobatik is the most recent Best Music Poll winner for Best Local Rap Act, this fusion was not...
| August 04, 2009
The scene is now
As newspapers cede arbiter status to random bloggers with Fios and afternoons off, the function of polls like our humble offering must change out of necessity. What once was a forecast is now more like a diagnostic — it's anthropology versus tastemakery
What we can learn about Boston from the local winners
| July 31, 2009
Your Extensive Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest Primer
If I tried to write about every one of the 30-or-so rappers set to collectively slap Unity Fest at ...
| May 28, 2009
Hope for the Nation
Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
| February 25, 2009
Not until entering the Roxy a week ago Thursday did I comprehend what a normal kid feels the first time he sees a big-league ballpark.
The Roots and Antibalas, live at the Roxy, January 29, 2009
| February 04, 2009
We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 24, 2008
Joe the rapper
"One thing I've learned is that if you write about reality, you'll never run out of material."
Joe Budden, Freeway, and the enduring authority of street rap
| November 11, 2008
Beyond the polls
The presidential election got your knickers in a knot?
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| October 29, 2008
What rhymes with Barack?
The story of underground hip-hop these days often seems like the inverse of Barack Obama’s story.
Mr. Lif takes on the headlines
| October 27, 2008
Reks in effect
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
Lawtown MC bounces back
| July 28, 2008
Fakts never built a repertoire deep enough to secure his own specific sound, but on Long Range he proves he can dip into a variety of styles and cater tracks around any MC’s individual tastes.
Long Range | Greenstreets
| July 22, 2008
Since 2002, the ArtBeat Festival has been giving culture-hungry Davis Square denizens something to do on the weekend besides glower at one another at the Diesel.
ArtBeat 2008 hits Davis Square
| July 15, 2008
Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
| June 11, 2008
All together now
Most Boston rappers who are talented enough to succeed beyond the Bean have been collaborating for a minute.
A Boston Unity Fest sampler
| May 20, 2008
One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
| February 26, 2008
Top 10 local CDs: Week of April 8, 2007
Shadows Fall, Dropkick Murphys, Big D and the Kids Table, and more.
As reported by Newbury Comics
TOP 10 LOCAL CDS
| April 09, 2007
Surviving and thriving
“Approximately 40 miles outside San Diego the tour bus with Mr. Lif, the Coup, DJ Big Wiz, Metro, and other friends of theirs flipped over and burst into flames,” wrote Def Jux capitán El-P via e-mail. Our heart skipped a beat. Mr. Lif, "The Fries (Ab
Mr. Lif’s brush with disaster + Keith Kenniff’s classical fix
| December 12, 2006
Former Boston radio DJ and producer DJ Swiss Ivory has a new mixtape out called Back in Business. DJ Swiss Ivory, "Mixtape Preview" (mp3 via MySpace) Akrobatik, "Internet MCs" (mp3 via Myspace) Underline label mix (mp3)
Save a rink, hip-hop madness, and a lost loft
| October 03, 2006
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