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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
| March 05, 2010
Ivory and ebony
Hip-hop will never be post-racial. Pigment plays a major role at every level, and that's not always a bad thing.
Jake One and Freeway aren't hip-hop's first multi-racial tag team
| February 19, 2010
Man at work
It's easy to manufacture illusions of rap stardom. Any MySpace whiteboy with a few grand can fill a mixtape with big cameos, and for a little more, guests will even shout his name out. But though such pay-for-spray practices have kept established artis
Statik Selektah is so busy, it bugs him out
| January 22, 2010
RJD2 | The Colossus
RJD2 has fallen prey to self-doubt — having decided, it would seem, that sample-based music lacks authenticity, he's embarked on an ill-advised attempt to become a "performer."
RJ's Electrical Connections (2010)
MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY
| January 15, 2010
Of Doctor Tremendanus and the giant furry jellyfish
It was New Year’s Eve and in the belly of the Roxy nightclub, away from the teeming Bright Night crowds, there were monsters on the loose: creatures with protruding noses, googly eyes, and spindly legs.
| January 08, 2010
Taking the B-boys to School
You may have noticed, hip-hop dance has gone legit — or at least slightly commercial.
The Other MIT Crew
| April 24, 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
Hope for the Nation
Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
| February 25, 2009
Jayjion Greer runs up a wall and flips over back onto the floor.
One local dance crew has stolen the spotlight . . . and pissed off a lot of people in the process
| January 28, 2009
Word to the mother
As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
| January 28, 2009
Starting from Scratch
If the hip-hop generation ever calls for martial law, the revolution will be sponsored by Scion. The rectangularly adventurous car company is our closest corporate ally, bankrolling a large segment of the low-slung-pants community, and providing the res
The Upsetter screens at the Coolidge
| November 25, 2008
Reks in effect
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
Lawtown MC bounces back
| July 28, 2008
Breakdancing is fun
Check it out!
Your mamma breakdances.
WEB TEAM BREAKDANCERS
| July 28, 2008
The good news is that it doesn’t appear RJ’s insistence on artistic challenge will be his undoing.
RJD2 at Paradise Rock Club, May 3, 2008
| May 06, 2008
Breaking it down
There are so many things wrong with this review, both factually and in his dismissal and apparent ignorance of the whole culture of hip-hop.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 18, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 16, 2008
Breakdancing seemed over and done in the ’80s, but hip-hop culture has pumped it alive, combining the original head-spinning street maves with rap, gymnastics, kung fu, MTV, and Broadway.
Retire the breakdance, already
| April 02, 2008
Mash-up your prejudices
The work of DJ Spooky demonstrates through art the kind of philosophical progress Obama calls for.
DJ Spooky remixes The Birth of a Nation
| February 04, 2008
In any experiment, failure isn’t the greatest risk — cruelty is.
DJ Spooky at the Institute of Contemporary Art, January 26, 2008
| January 29, 2008
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
| January 14, 2008
Going on sale: November 16, 2007
Moe., James Blunt, Chapel/Chapter, and more
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
GOING ON SALE
| November 13, 2007
Sound and silence
The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
| September 18, 2007
All it took was a Godzilla sample and a simple, forceful “Simon says get the fuck up” for Pharoahe Monch to leave his mark on hip-hop history.
Pharoahe Monch’s timely return
| July 17, 2007
On stage, Paul had saluted scratching in early hip-hop culture by manipulating a 12-inch record briefly and then holding it up for the crowd to see.
Paul Oakenfold and Hem with the Boston Pops
| June 29, 2007
Saying the unspeakable
Former quarterback turned activist Byron Hurt brings to light gender-stereotyping views in mainstream hip-hop culture and those perpetuating them, in hopes that light will prove cleansing.
Filmmaker calls out hip-hop’s latent misogyny and racism
| May 23, 2007
Kickin' It Old Skool
Eighties nostalgia and breakdancing get sent up in this feeble Jamie Kennedy comedy.
Revenge of the Nerds did it better
| May 02, 2007
The Constantines + Sontiago & Dilly Dilly + Kid Koala
An interstate concert-going misadventure...
Music Seen, at Hampton Beach Casino and SPACE Gallery, April 21, 2007
| April 25, 2007
Boston music news: April 27, 2007
For its 10th-anniversary finale, Boston Modern Orchestra Project is pulling out all the stops.
Notes on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Haunt
| April 23, 2007
Kool Koala weekend
On Kid Koala’s new album we hear a sample of the Kid’s mom speaking to her favorite son.
SPACE hosts the weird worlds of hip-hop
| April 18, 2007
“ Facing off over Facebook ” contained some very valuable information about university administrators’ increased role in monitoring students’ online activities.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 9, 2007
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| March 07, 2007
The IFC Soundtrack
The bridge between independent film and indie rock has been getting easier and easier to cross with the rise of a new generation of directors weaned on music videos and the multimedia underground.
Indie rock for indie movies
| December 04, 2006
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