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Frank Ocean | Channel Orange
Since the ’80s, when R&B began to lean more heavily on the candid bling-and-booty-centric tropes championed by its plain-speaking hip-hop cousins, the music’s subtlety, nuance, and imagination have faded.
Def Jam (2012)
| July 27, 2012
Photos: B. Dolan at the Western Front
B. Dolan perform live at the Western Front on February 11, 2011.
B. Dolan | Western Front | February 11, 2011
| February 18, 2011
B. Dolan goes where few MCs have gone before
B. Dolan is like Joaquin Phoenix with no safety net and a whole lot more back hair. Unlike Phoenix in last year's faux meta-mockumentary I'm Not Here , the Providence native doesn't shock people for no good reason.
The Bombzo Way
| February 11, 2011
Ghostface Killah | Apollo Kids
Back in October, Ghostface Killah released a statement proclaiming Apollo Kids to be a "warm-up to the big thing that's gonna happen next."
Def Jam (2010)
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| January 07, 2011
Big Boi | Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Saying Big Boi has flow is a gross understatement. The man has never encountered a beat too challenging for him to ride until the wheels fall off.
Def Jam Recordings (2010)
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| July 16, 2010
Rihanna | Rated R
Look, it’s not as if there were a song where she says, “Chris Brown, you chicken-shit motherfucker, your ass is gonna pay.”
Def Jam (2009)
| December 04, 2009
Jeru the Damaja vocalized underground agony before RZA declared that R&B stands for "rap and bullshit," before Dead Prez blasted "monotonous material," and way before Immortal Technique announced that he would soil a Def Jam development deal.
Jeru the Damaja doesn't hate pop after all
| May 22, 2009
In quality, record sales, and image, hip-hop has taken a savage beating in the past half-decade.
Joe Budden, live at the Middle East Downstairs, March 5, 2009
| March 09, 2009
An abridged history of the Roots' collabs
| January 20, 2009
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
| November 11, 2008
Def and dumb
Fight for NY is punch-drunk
| October 24, 2005
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