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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
| 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
| 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...
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.
| January 28, 2011
The business model adopted by Pawtucket-via-Albany rapper Big Rush is simple: paying bills-via-rhyme skills.
Big Rush on the grind
| 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
| 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
| April 30, 2010
HipHopDX.com 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...
| 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
| April 23, 2010
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...
| 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
| 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
| December 04, 2009
More top shelf hip-hop at Jerky’s
Off the Couch
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,...
| October 07, 2009
M.O.P. | The Foundation
M.O.P. were en route to hip-hop's greatest track record.
| September 04, 2009
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
| 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)
| 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
| February 25, 2009
R.I.P. Party Arty (D.I.T.C.)
Party Arty was one of few rappers who hardcore street cats and underground aficionados ag...
| 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
| November 20, 2008
Surly you jest
The other side of Big Shug's game
The other side of Big Shug's game
| 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)
| October 01, 2008
I Like It Like That: Fania Remixed | Fania
| 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
| July 28, 2008
Mark it, dude: another banner year for the Boston music scene.
Ten from Boston’s 2007 pop underground
| December 18, 2007
Jam Master Jay's mom slams DMC
Nobody expected it to get ugly.
Beef overshadows Berklee's Milestones
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
| September 06, 2006
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