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The Big Hurt: Loko and loco
A little part of me died when the Man took Four Loko away. Yes, it was a much smaller part than the area of my brain that died while Four Loko was legal, but I still miss the stuff. Last month, reports surfaced that Colt 45 would be filling the void with
This month in hip-hop controversy
| May 06, 2011
Shedding his skin
A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
The new J the S is wiser than the old one
| March 26, 2010
Review: Jadakiss' "The Last Kiss"
I haven’t reviewed a commercial rap release in years. In my role as an alt weekly critic, I’m compel...
| April 09, 2009
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
| March 18, 2009
Joe the rapper
"One thing I've learned is that if you write about reality, you'll never run out of material."
Joe Budden, Freeway, and the enduring authority of street rap
| November 11, 2008
Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
| November 11, 2008
P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
| February 19, 2008
War of the words
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
50 Cent versus Kanye West
| September 12, 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
With four solo albums to his name and no more than a meager reputation, you’d expect former Hot Boy Lil’ Wayne to have gotten tired by the time he set out to record Tha Carter, Vol. 2 .
THA CARTER, VOL. 2 | Cash Money
| February 14, 2006
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