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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...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  May 23, 2011
FuckSolar.com Publishes The Complete Boston Phoenix-Brownman Interview About Guru and Solar

FuckSolar.com Publishes The Complete Boston Phoenix-Brownman Interview About Guru and Solar


A few months ago, in reporting on the strange life and death of hip-hop deity Guru, I was fortunate to get an incredibly candid interview...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 29, 2010
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010
HipHopDX.com Interviews Solar's Baby Mama About GURU

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...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 27, 2010
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010


GURU Tribute Round-Up (Obit Writers Just Out To Get A Rep?)

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...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 21, 2010

Educated Advocates

At the Big Easy, February 16
Music Seen
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 19, 2010
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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
Shining Starr
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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Tale of the tapes

Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhy
Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009
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Photos: History of Boston hip-hop

A collection of the Boston hip-hop community's earliest works, courtesy of Pacey Foster
A photo tour through Boston's hip-hop history
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 20, 2009


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Allah people in the house

“Muslim hip-hop is not like Christian rock,” says Yusuf, the Merrimack Valley half of the Allah-inspired Boston-Lowell tag team Blak Madeen.
Blak Madeen stay true on Sacred Defense
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009
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Fantastic damage

Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 20, 2008
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Surly you jest

The other side of Big Shug's game
The other side of Big Shug's game
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 18, 2008
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Autumn leaves

One of the great harbingers of fall jazz for the past seven years has been the Beantown Jazz Festival.
A cornucopia of jazz
By JON GARELICK  |  September 08, 2008


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Braille

Only the blessed shall see him.
MC Braille at the Undergroundhiphop.Com Store, May 11, 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2008

A call to action

The credits of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes rolled, and I felt two ways.
Fixing hip-hop must come from within
By JOE KOSNOW  |  May 23, 2007
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Mad scientists

Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2006
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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
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 06, 2006
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Guru's guru

When the Roxbury-born rapper Guru passed away April 19 in a hospital bed — succumbing to cancer at the age of 48 — the internationally renowned musician had not seen most of his lifelong friends and relatives in seven years.
How a mysterious Svengali dominated the final days of the Boston-born hip-hop and jazz superstar
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 1900