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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

DJ Drama

The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  December 26, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Pop goes a Neptune

Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 24, 2006

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

ID Check: Glenn Troy

The pre-pre-release listening party for the lounge demo tracks of the Yukonn MC, a/k/a the Grizzly (“I never shave and I’m grimy”), is so exclusive, so “top secret,” that only two people are invited: the Yukonn and me.
Lounge swinger
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  April 07, 2006