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Evidence | Cats & Dogs

As competent as Evidence has always been with mic skills, he's no lyrical miracle.
Rhymesayers (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 23, 2011
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For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea

On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
Prosecutorial discretion
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 26, 2011

Review: The Murder Trial of John Gordon at the Park Theatre

Who knew? Everybody knows about that frisky, independent start by Roger Williams, and the first bloodshed of the American Revolution with the burning of the Gaspee , but who knows about the dispute between the lowly immigrant Gordon family and the pres
Trial from another era
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011

Samsonite man

By his 20th birthday, two years ago, Fresno rhyme prodigy Fashawn didn't just have evidence that he would dent the rap establishment.
Fashawn's traveling hip-hop circus
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 09, 2010

Covering Lacy

For Josh Sinton, Steve Lacy stood out almost from the beginning.
A jazz master’s legacy finds traction
By JON GARELICK  |  May 21, 2010

Fashawn | Boy Meets World

Since Boy Meets World dropped into my radar a month ago, I’ve discovered how much magic stretches clean across the tracklist, and I was planning to include it on my year-end list. Yet more immediate praise is due.
One (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009


Bekay | Hunger Pains

Bekay is that chip-shouldered scumbag from down the block whom your mom banned from the house after she caught him sodomizing your little sister’s Teddy Ruxpin.
Coalmine (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009