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Kid vicious

It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
By LEOR GALIL  |  April 09, 2010

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

Live at the Avon

Catching up with the Low Anthem and more
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 16, 2009

Fight the Power

It’s not just the country music stars who are singing about the recession, the layoffs, and the dignity that gets deep-sixed when career opportunities dry...
By webteam  |  October 14, 2009

The Big Hurt: MJ murder mystery, Aerosmith injuries

Much as I hate to bring up Michael Jackson again, I was intrigued by sister La Toya's allegations that he was knocked off for his publishing assets.
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 24, 2009

Say what?

Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 10, 2009


The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories

I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 03, 2009

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

Izza Kizza

Kizzaland’s main draw? It’s Kizza’s elastic snake-charmer flow.
Kizzaland | Souldiggaz/Atmos
By SAM UBL  |  August 04, 2008

Wikipedia rules

The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007


You’ve probably heard of two of the “indie” hip-hop artists below, even if they’re bypassing trad distribution models and just giving away their music.
Stuff you've never heard and "Fuck A Record Company"
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  November 19, 2007


The street scene

Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps
The magic of the mixtape
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006

MySpace celebrity

No charm, little grace, what’s left of Alright, Still by the end are rich young Allen’s swipes at her poor, old, and obvious targets, horrific classism, the worst kind of celebrity self-obsession. Lily Allen, "Smile"  (mp3)
Lily Allen’s Web-tastic career
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  July 31, 2006


When misogyny runs this in-your-face, it’s hard to make a case for metaphors.
Killa Season | Atlantic
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 20, 2006

Rio representer

It was 2002 when the then unknown DJ Diplo first started throwing his Hollertronix parties in Philadelphia.
Diplo brings baile funk to the US
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  April 11, 2006

Various artists, RUN THE ROAD VOLUME 2 | Vice

If Cam’ron is good enough to look for talent overseas and Jay-Z can nab Lady Sovereign, then Great Britain might just overcome America’s mainstream myopia. Vice believes it.
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 27, 2006

Fruity loops

It used to be, come the first week of the month, you could count on a new Certified Bananas MP3 mixtape showing up on-line, clocking hits of the day (reggaeton, rap, dancehall) alongside the Providence DJ duo’s inimitable blends and remixes.
Certified Bananas and Disorganised Crew at Enormous Room
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  February 21, 2006

The big diss

Even if most artists are all about getting their paper, there are always a few out there — Hard-Fi, Cam’ron, and Jeff Merchant, to name three — willing to toss us a morsel or two for free.
Killa Cam takes aim at Jay-Z, plus new tracks from Jeff Merchant and Hard-Fi
By CHRIS NELSON  |  February 09, 2006

Bombs away

But will Jay-Z revoke the Killer's diplomatic immunity?
Cam’ron takes aim at the King of New York
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  February 01, 2006

Bombs away - side

By  |  January 31, 2006