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Random Axe | Random Axe

It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2011
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The 4 Best New Music Subgenres of 2010

Artists may not like to admit it, but genres are and always will be invaluable for discussing music.
Revisiting a year of tags, trends, and tribulations
By REYAN ALI  |  December 24, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes

I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
Anti- (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009

Review: The Dilla Ensemble at Berklee


VIDEO: Dilla Ensemble does Pharcyde's "Runnin'." Video by FaraoneIf you follow hip-hop the way stalk...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 05, 2009


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Due Dilla-gence

Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 30, 2009
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Get sprung

Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2009
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Koushik | Out My Window

Although unshy about his background, he’s a subtle arranger, reluctant to play the Bollywood card (there’s not even a teaspoon of Asha).
Stones Throw (2008)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 23, 2008
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Nobody

It’s the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (a track Nobody has covered) expanded into a full-blown stoner opera.
Blank Blue: Western Water Music Vol. II | Ubiquity
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 03, 2008
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Akrobatik

One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008


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Skimming the cream

Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
Jazz: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007
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Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War

Stones Throw’s latest label comp, 2K8 , celebrates the indie hip-hop imprint’s deal with 2K8 Sports, who put out all those 2K video games for Xbox and PlayStation.
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By NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 03, 2007
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Common

Can you fault a Second City 35-year-old Gap-shilling rapper for wanting to make elevator hip-hop for Second City 35-year-old Gap-wearing yuppies?
Finding Forever | Geffen
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 14, 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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Robert Glasper

In a lot of ways, 28-year-old pianist Glasper’s band is right in the pocket of the modern piano-trio tradition.
In My Element | Blue Note
By JON GARELICK  |  March 27, 2007


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Black Milk

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
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007
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Keepin' it real

As I was walking up to Avalon a week ago Tuesday to see the Roots, a group of college kids crossed the street in front of me sporting backwards hats and puffy vests.
The Roots, Avalon, March 13, 2007
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007
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F*ck Wit Dre Day

You’ve heard of tribute bands, but have you heard of tribute DJs?
Music seen, February 17, at the Big Easy
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 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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Birth of the DVDJ

Much of the hype swirling around the show was that Peanut Butter Wolf was going to "scratch" DVDs, thereby inventing a whole new style of performance. Slideshow: Stones Throw Anniversary Tour at the Paradise Rock Club, November 1, 2006  
Stone's Throw Ten Year Anniversary/Chrome Children Tour, Paradise, November 1, 2006
By MAC CARROLL  |  November 02, 2006


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No success like failure

The wild, idle guessing game over the Roots’ Game Theory and OutKast’s Idlewild is finished.
The Roots and OutKast step into the future
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 03, 2006
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On the racks: August 29, 2006

. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006
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On the racks: August 22

Eric Bachmann, David Pajo, the Mountain Goats, Paris Hilton, and more.
Bachmann Hilton overdrive
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 23, 2006
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Dabrye

Dabrye is one of a handful of aliases used by Michigan-based knob twiddler Tadd Mullinix (a name so cool, you could be think it too must be a nom de guerre ).
Two/Three | Ghostly International
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 10, 2006
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Big business

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006


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Rhythm for days

Jay Dee didn’t make music, he made movements. If it knocked in the late ’90s, he probably had a hand in it.
The legacy of the late great J. Dilla
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 21, 2006
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SA-RA CREATIVE PARTNERS

A brief intro to the eternally fashion-forward bi-coastal production trio before these newest signees to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. imprint unleash their big splash later this year.
SECOND TIME AROUND | Sound In Color
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 17, 2006