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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
| September 09, 2011
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)
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| January 07, 2011
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....
| December 29, 2010
Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
| December 17, 2010
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
| June 12, 2009
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
| May 22, 2009
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.
| March 17, 2009
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
| January 06, 2009
Rebirth of a prince
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
| August 19, 2008
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
| July 30, 2008
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!
| May 06, 2008
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
| April 22, 2008
P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
| February 19, 2008
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
| December 31, 2007
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
| December 17, 2007
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
| July 10, 2007
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
| April 09, 2007
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
| March 20, 2007
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
| January 24, 2007
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
| January 02, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
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
| December 28, 2006
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
| December 27, 2006
Sonic Youth, Andrew Hill, Bob Dylan, and more
A year in jazz and pop
| December 20, 2006
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
Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
| November 21, 2006
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
| August 22, 2006
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
| June 06, 2006
“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
| 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
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| March 14, 2006
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