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Falside cranks up the Snare Conditioning

There's no stopping Provy-based producer Falside the Beatsmith, who just released his most recent "seasonal beat tape," Snare Conditioning , and has plenty more in store by year's end, as he hand-crafts beats for some of the finest local and national i
Return of the beatsmith
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 23, 2011

Food For Thought: DirtyDurdie

Hip-hop duo DirtyDurdie have cooked up one of the freshest releases of the year with their Rhymanese Diner mixtape, out next week at their release party at the Rhino Bar in Newport.
The Rhymanese Diner mixtape
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 17, 2011

[phlipcam video] DJ Premier @ the Paradise

If you need evidence that time heals all wounds, look no further than Saturday's UNITY FEST, arriving a bit more than a year following Guru's...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  May 23, 2011

Meta P. has a simpler plan

Don't let Sean Sbardella's moniker of choice — Metaphysics ("Meta P") — dissuade fellow ol-skool enthusiasts who prefer original-recipe rap to the bombastic, rapid-fire verbiage of latter-day indie backpackers.
Original recipe
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 28, 2011

Craft service

The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
Big Rush on the grind
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 13, 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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010


The Big Hurt: The week in death

Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
 RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010 Interviews Solar's Baby Mama About GURU Interviews Solar's Baby Mama About GURU

Props to Jake Paine from Hip-Hop DX for scoring (and transcribing) this remarkable interview with Solar's baby mama, who worked extensively with 7 Grand. It's...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 27, 2010

Guru death mystery

As mysterious as Guru was in his later years, the Roxbury-bred rap-and-jazz legend may soon prove to be more so in death.
Rapper’s final days mired in controversy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010
GURU Tribute Round-Up (Obit Writers Just Out To Get A Rep?)

GURU Tribute Round-Up (Obit Writers Just Out To Get A Rep?)

As expected, GURU obits, tributes, and remembrances are turning up at a much faster pace than were, say, reviews of his last few albums. But...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 21, 2010

Rap legend Guru in a coma

"So whassup?" "Moment of truth." "Above the clouds?" "Credit is due." Those were just a few Gang Starr song-title sentiments that fans cried on social networks following the news that hip-hop legend Guru suffered a heart attack in New York City, where he
Shining Starr
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010


Main man of Mattapan

Ask any group of teens on Blue Hill Ave how many of them rap and you'll get more affirmatives than you would surveying kids at Mass and Boylston for slap-bass skills. Allston might be a crab bucket of indie-rockers, and one in three JP residents is an a
From the curb to the club with Singapore Kane
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009

Old school

More top shelf hip-hop at Jerky’s
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 09, 2009

Here's the Sure Shot

You know what Greg Nice says in “DWYCK”: “DJ Pre-mier, take me out with the fader.” Guru wouldn’t have been Guru without his turntable bro,...
By webteam  |  October 07, 2009

M.O.P. | The Foundation

M.O.P. were en route to hip-hop's greatest track record.
E1 (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 04, 2009

Fightin’ words

Rudy Giuliani ran his city the way a bachelor does his pad — shoving clutter and disaster out of sight while showcasing redeeming qualities.
Blaq Poet wants to battle
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 03, 2009


Marco Polo and Torae | Double Barrel

Duck Down has reached beyond its Brooklyn-grounded rap roots in recent years, signing such acts as Kidz in the Hall and Boston's Special Teamz.
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 29, 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
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009
R.I.P. Party Arty (D.I.T.C.)

R.I.P. Party Arty (D.I.T.C.)

  Party Arty was one of few rappers who hardcore street cats and underground aficionados ag...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 05, 2008

Surly you jest

 He might be the toughest veteran on Boston’s hip-hop scene, but Shug is a phenomenal dinner guest.
The other side of Big Shug’s game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 20, 2008

Surly you jest

The other side of Big Shug's game
The other side of Big Shug's game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 18, 2008


Termanology | Politics As Usual

This one should be considered a “How To” manual for regional rap stars who are poised to detonate worldwide.  
 Nature Sounds (2008)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2008


I Like It Like That: Fania Remixed | Fania
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 04, 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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2008

Star teamz

Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 18, 2007

Jam Master Jay's mom slams DMC

Nobody expected it to get ugly.
Beef overshadows Berklee's Milestones
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 25, 2006


Young, gifted, and blonde

What starts as a tribute to ‘Aretha and Miles’ ends as a far more loving tribute to Christina Aguilera’s first and greatest inspiration, Christina Aguilera.
Christina Aguilera stripped down to basics
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 06, 2006