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Homeboy Sandman rises through the hip-hop ranks

I knew within one minute of watching Homeboy Sandman that he would eventually command a top spot in hip-hop. It was about three years ago at the Bowery Poetry Club, and I was riding out my annual pre-Christmas mushroom bender and hip-hop scouting trip to
Enter MC
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 29, 2011
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Lizz Winstead on WikiLeaks, Obama, and Glenn Beck

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and former Air America host with Rachel Maddow and Chuck D, brings her sharp political wit to Pawtucket's Mixed Magic Theatre on August 27 and 28, for two shows each night.
Laugh-In
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 27, 2010
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Photos: Public Enemy: 1988-1998

From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
 From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 06, 2010
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Still Public Enemy #1

Don't call it a comeback tour. Or a Public Enemy reunion. Even if you snoozed on their last few discs and festival romps across five continents, Chuck D and Flavor Flav have perpetually marched forth in raucous righteousness.
Twenty years after Black Planet, Chuck D continues to fight the powers that be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010
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Fresh legends

Nine out of 10 rap legends prefer People Under the Stairs. (The holdout is a crackhead.) That's no joke — in my hundreds of interviews with dudes who brought the noise and funk before the big ship sunk ( circa 1997), California underground heroes Thes
Somebody pinch People Under the Stairs
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010

Music Seen: Brother Ali

Even if you've seen Brother Ali before, you have not seen the show that he played last week.
Brother Ali, live at Asylum, November 10, 2009
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2009


VIDEO: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D at the ICA


ThePhoenix.com's Nick Curran (of You Can Be a Wesley) and Addison Post snuck their way into the ICA's "Experiment Redux" on July 31 and managed...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 10, 2009
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Review: Shepard Fairey + Z-Trip + Chuck D

So Shepard Fairey actually made it this time. No insane, last-minute sting operations by Boston cops lurking just off the ICA’s property line. But also: no grand dramatics, either. (Like, he totally could have parachuted through a shattered skylight. In
“Experiment Redux” | Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston | July 31, 2009
By NICK CURRAN AND ADDISON POST  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, Chuck D at the ICA

Shepard Fairey spins at Obey Experiment REDUX at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D, live at the Institute of Contemporary Art, on July 31, 2009
By MELISSA OSTROW AND ALEX SLATER  |  August 07, 2009
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Psalms For The Deaf

Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Recor
Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 24, 2009
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Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009


Chuck D Schools Harvard

Chuck D Schools Harvard


 As it turns out, Boston and Cambridge have a thriving hip-hop academic overclass to whic...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 12, 2009
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Cheer of a black planet

It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009
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N.A.S.A. | The Spirit of Apollo

I could fill up my allotted space by simply listing the plethora of cameos, not to mention incongruous match-ups, stuffed within this Benetton ad of a debut by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegan, a/k/a N.A.S.A.
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By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 18, 2009
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One for the road

It was an uncomfortable moment when Yo! Majesty took the stage — what, after all, is the quorum necessary for a show to go on when one-half of a hip-hop duo isn't there?
Yo! Majesty, live at Harpers Ferry, January 28, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 03, 2009
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Party like it's 1999

Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008


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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008
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Boom-bap diplomacy

With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008

If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .


Five outrageous Immortal Technique moments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008
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Bigmouth strikes again

The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008
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Akrobatik

One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
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By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008


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Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008
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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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John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp spent his last two studio albums in experimental mode, inviting Chuck D and India.Arie aboard 2001’s Cuttin’ Heads and digging into unvarnished country blues on ’03’s Trouble No More .
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007
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URI series highlights the music of dissent

Word is getting out.
Sing it loud  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 06, 2006


Flashbacks, April 21, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006