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When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
| June 25, 2010
Two great flavors
"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
| February 19, 2010
M.O.P. | The Foundation
M.O.P. were en route to hip-hop's greatest track record.
| September 04, 2009
You Might Know Dawaun Parker Better Than You Think
| May 15, 2009
Cheer of a black planet
It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
| March 11, 2009
The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.
In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
| January 26, 2009
No longer is there an off-season or even a chance to catch our breath after the fall deluge.
A blizzard of new games
| December 29, 2008
That’ll learn ya
In eighth grade, I decided that school and hip-hop should exist separately.
Kabir schools other MCs, little kids
| August 26, 2008
The Philly rhyme giant proves his worth with calculated lyrics that simultaneously touch topics and talk trash.
Jedi Mind Tricks Presents: Labor Union | Babygrande
| August 26, 2008
The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
| December 26, 2007
War of the words
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
50 Cent versus Kanye West
| September 12, 2007
The guy builds songs.
Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
| April 09, 2007
After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
Popular Demand | Fatbeats
| March 19, 2007
It’s a testament to the strength of hip-hop, as the medium enters its third decade, that 2006 would see such a wide range of sounds so well represented, from commercial anthems to abstract beat tapes.
A year in hip-hop
| December 19, 2006
Larger than life
Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
| December 06, 2006
Lloyd Banks has officially followed G-Unit leader 50 Cent into sophomore mediocrity.
Rotten Apple | G-Unit
| October 24, 2006
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
| March 10, 2006
It’s a late Tuesday night in February, and Lansdowne Street looks like a ghost town.
Termanology and Ed Rock step toward the national spotlight
MATTHEW M. BURKE
| March 07, 2006
But will Jay-Z revoke the Killer's diplomatic immunity?
Cam’ron takes aim at the King of New York
| February 01, 2006
Boston MCs are banding together under the banner of the Mass. Industry Committee.
A new hip-hop force brings Kool G Rap to town
MATTHEW M. BURKE
| January 19, 2006
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