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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
By DAVID THORPE  |  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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2010
Review: Jadakiss' "The Last Kiss"

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...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 09, 2009

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

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008

Millenium thug

Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008


Styles P

P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
By LAUREN CARTER  |  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
By RICHARD BECK  |  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
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 23, 2007

Lil' Wayne

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  
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  February 14, 2006