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Banger style: Hip-hop ringers of 2012

In recapping 2012, I embraced the chance to parade some recent unsung hip-hop ringers.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2012

El-P keeps control of his alt-rap flow

When I interviewed El-P back in 2007, we had a meaty laugh over unfortunate scribes who'd pegged his sound "post-apocalyptic."
End Game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 06, 2012

El-P | Cancer For Cure

"It's like a fresh start in a new world," El Producto repeats on "Works Every Time," a track on this, his least ambitious record.
Fat Possum (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  May 18, 2012

Inside the Echo Nest's deal with Def Jam

At the Digital Music Forum in New York, representatives from Somerville's The Echo Nest announced a watershed partnership with Island Def Jam (IDJ), the behemoth imprint that's home to such mega acts as Ludacris and Justin Bieber.
A&R for apps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2011

Review: Camu Tao | King of Hearts

Using hip-hop tools to create pop isn't a new tactic, but it's not often done well, or even notably.
Fat Possum (2010)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  September 10, 2010

Ill Vibe and Ordeal | Michael Jackson's Milk

I'll probably get crucified for saying this, but I like the deep underground more now than when I was pretending to dig Fantastic Damage . (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010

Music Seen: El-P

Nearly two weeks ago hip-hop legend El-P visited Maine for the first time.
At the Asylum, October 8
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  October 23, 2009

Old school

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

El-P + Yak Ballz at Asylum

The best act on indie hip-hop’s best label — Definitive Jux producer and overlord El-P — brings his thick, staggering beats and dazzling wordplay (a...
By webteam  |  October 07, 2009

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

Flowing forward

There were just a few holdouts from the backpack era for last Tuesday's El-P’s Middle East show.
EL-P, Middle East Downstairs, May 1, 2007
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  May 07, 2007