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Fat Joe | The Dark Side

Along with Nas, Busta Rhymes, and a few chosen others, Fat Joe belongs to an exclusive cadre of MCs who sustain foundation and commercial relevance.
E1 (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
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Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010
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Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.

Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 05, 2009
This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA

This week in the music section: Vote in BMP! Plus The Dunnas, Wasted Talent, Melody Gardot, Green Day, Sonic Youth, NINJA


Go vote in our annual Best Music Poll. Seriously. (Seriously)In Giant Steps, Jon Garelick checks out...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 04, 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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Due Dilla-gence

Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 30, 2009
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Great walls

"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum opens with a pair of interesting choices.
Epic visions of contemporary China in Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 25, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 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


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Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Jammin’ with Nordstrom

“I am stoked to collaborate with Nordstrom,” said Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz in a recent press release.
Living guy sells out; dead guy sells out; living guys die
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 01, 2008
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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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T.I. vs. T.I.P.

In 1886, it was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : dark versus light, yin versus yang.
T.I. | Atlantic
By DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN  |  August 20, 2007
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Crossword: ''For your security''


What is that, a threat?
By MATT JONES  |  July 25, 2007


A call to action

The credits of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes rolled, and I felt two ways.
Fixing hip-hop must come from within
By JOE KOSNOW  |  May 23, 2007
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Saying the unspeakable

Former quarterback turned activist Byron Hurt brings to light gender-stereotyping views in mainstream hip-hop culture and those perpetuating them, in hopes that light will prove cleansing.
Filmmaker calls out hip-hop’s latent misogyny and racism
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 23, 2007
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Let’s be Frank

Despite a seemingly obvious incongruity, mainstream streets-heavy rap continues to percolate here in Portland and beyond.
Buddas declares, Loyalties a Must
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 18, 2007
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Discovering Dilla

As with so many other figures in pop music, death has been good to hip-hop producer and MC J Dilla.
A posthumous look at a hip-hop great
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 09, 2007
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On the racks: October 17, 2006

Plus the Slits, Sarah McLachlan, and holiday fare.
Diddy, Danzig, and Badly Drawn Boy
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2006


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Dynamic duo

It’s a late Tuesday night in February, and Lansdowne Street looks like a ghost town.
Termanology and Ed Rock step toward the national spotlight
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  March 07, 2006

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Canadian clubbed

As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
By DAVID DAY  |  March 07, 2006
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Appeteasers

Streaming and downloading near you: tomorrow's hits today.
On the menu: a new track Pretty Girls Make Graves, Benzino beef, and a Busta remix sampler plate
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  February 14, 2006