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Nas rocks the bells

Six months ago my teenage cousins told me they'd been listening to Big Pun. And Nas, and Ghostface, and every other artist who inspires regular road rage in male rap fans between the ages of 28 and 35.
The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011
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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)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 07, 2011
Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)

Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)


Wu-Tang, while always good for an unexpected turn or two, did something absolutely unprecedented at their Boston show last week: they showed up on time....
By Chris Faraone  |  December 29, 2010
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Interview: U-God

Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2010
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Free and easy

With a beach season approaching in which most people will be squeezing quarters till the eagles fart, it's fair enough to ask aloud, "Is this going to be the worst summer ever ?"
10 cash-free ways to make summer not suck
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 12, 2009
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Love and friendship (Rhode Island-style)

Cort is whispering something to me but she's trying to be all respectful or whatever so I can't make out what she's saying.
An excerpt from Sarah Rainone's new novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart , in which six friends let the music do the talking
By SARAH RAINONE  |  May 22, 2009


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Brother Ali | The Truth Is Here

My "greatest rapper" list reads differently from most. Ghostface Killah resides at the zenith, beside Rakim's throne, and Minneapolis truth agent Brother Ali.
Rhymesayers (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 17, 2009
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Just the 11 of us

De La Soul believe that three is the magic number. My college girlfriend thought it was 55, not counting guys she only blew.
The Macrotones find strength in numbers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009
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Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008
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Backed the f*** up

I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Here come the summer fests

Look alive, alt-metal fans. Time to polish the wallet chain, spray some Febreze on the ol’ cargo shorts, and dye your goatee purple for maximum extremeness: festival season is nearly upon us!
‘Excellent entertainment-value propositions’ for all!
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 06, 2008


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Pimp and circumstance

Some 45 minutes into the Wu-Tang Clan’s afternoon performance in Harvard Yard, Raekwon took a moment to describe his audience.

Wu-Tang Clan at Harvard University "Yardfest," April 18, 2008


By RICHARD BECK  |  April 22, 2008
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Styles P

P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
By LAUREN CARTER  |  February 19, 2008
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Too legit to quit

The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007
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From ’Ye to mixtapes

To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007
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Mint Julep and the Masters

DJ nights aren’t all for wylin’ out, sweaty dance floors, and scandal. The Masters, "Wednesday Night Live featuring Talib Kewli" (mp3)
French pop, hip-hop, and Ryan Durkin
By DAVID DAY  |  July 10, 2007


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Discovering Dilla

As with so many other figures in pop music, death has been good to hip-hop producer and MC J Dilla.
A posthumous look at a hip-hop great
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 09, 2007
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Tales from the ’hood

From the beat of the first hand-slapped tambourine, you know who you’re listening to.
Wynton takes some pot shots at pop culture
By JON GARELICK  |  March 20, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007
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Soul Touch army

Today’s funk and soul DJ is either an imitator or an innovator. Cosmo Baker, ".45 Caliber Funk Volume 1" (mp3)
Our funk music collective calls on Cosmo Baker
By DAVID DAY  |  January 02, 2007
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Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007


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Ghostface Killah

For the second time in 2006, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface has released an album that makes it seem everyone else in the hip-hop world should be paying more attention to Ghostface.
More Fish | Def Jam
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 28, 2006
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Fourth quarter starters

It’s become one of those odd traditions without rhyme or reason that December, a month that never used to be a big time for big releases, is now a hip-hop time of year almost every year.
Nas & Jay, Ghostface, and Jeezy bring December heat
By JESS MCCONNELL  |  December 27, 2006
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Visionary sounds

Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
A year in jazz and pop
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 20, 2006
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Diversified incoming

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
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 19, 2006
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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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The street scene

Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps
The magic of the mixtape
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006
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Rebel Belles

No other performer has been as vilified as the Dixie Chicks were for speaking out — and they wouldn’t have been if they hadn’t made their name in the conservative space of mainstream country music.
The Dixie Chicks hold their ground and then some
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 06, 2006
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Ghost world

“For those who don't know me, I’m known for using soul music,” Ghostface proclaimed. “I get a lot of pussy for it too.”
Fishscale or no Fishscale , Ghostface gets a lot of pussy
By DAVID BOFFA  |  April 15, 2006

The GZA and DJ Muggs

GZA is often cast as the Wu-Tang Clan’s battle-scarred intellectual, older and wiser than his eight charismatic partners in rhyme.
A taste of Wu Tang
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  March 14, 2006