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Dope New Albums from Elemental Zazen & D-Tension (plus release party for both with Murs @ Royale Thursday)

Dope New Albums from Elemental Zazen & D-Tension (plus release party for both with Murs @ Royale Thursday)


For a second we can stop bitching about how local rap cats never get to rock shows with major touring acts. For one, the homey...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 09, 2011

Local flavor

Last call for THE WIPPETS with TRAVIS COLBY at the Spot (401.383.7133) on THURSDAY (the 28th), and ease your way into a wild weekend with singer/songwriter BECKY CHACE on FRIDAY (the 29th).
Becky Chace, Joe Beats, Howl all on tap
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 29, 2010
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'Fun guy rap'

I emailed Edgewood-bred lyricist Romen Rok last week following the release of his highly-anticipated full-length platter Absolutely ! and asked just how he would describe his brand of hip-hop to the casual listener: “Fun guy rap” was the response.
Long overdue Romen Rok debut worth the wait? Absolutely !
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 18, 2010
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Smoothed out on the R&B tip

"Seeing Mary Bee interact and talk on a daily basis is totally different from hearing Mary Bee sing — it's like night and day," writes producer David Gonzalez.
Mary Bee and David Gonzalez’s Fiesole
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 05, 2010
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Local flavor

Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 01, 2010
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Local heroes, ’09 edition

The Rhode Island music community flourished in 2009, with new full-lengths from the Coming Weak, California Smile, and the pride of Cranston West and official big-leaguers Monty Are I, who released Break Through the Silence in September.
From Suicide Bill & the Liquors to Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 25, 2009


Ghoulish grooves

Misfits and Sasquatch rock Day of the Dead
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 30, 2009
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Rhody loves Chachi

Get to know Charlie “Big Chachi” Carvalho for about five minutes and it’s clear he’s equal parts confident and cordial, a down-to-earth family man with big aspirations.
Spittin’ rhymes straight outta the Bucket
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 17, 2008
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Food for thought

The Edgewood section of Cranston may not be known as a hip-hop hotbed, but that neighborhood raised a razor-sharp emcee named Romen Rok.
Romen Rok stays hungry
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2008
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Pushing his buttons

“My number one priority is getting more of my music out there.” 
Joe Beats heads back to the lab
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 05, 2008
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Rhymes 'n' life

The Rhodeshow troupe lives the lyrics and rocks the mic with a nonchalant confidence and fluid, streetwise delivery without glorifying the negative choices surrounding young people. 
Rhodeshow is staying real
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2008


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All together now

Most Boston rappers who are talented enough to succeed beyond the Bean have been collaborating for a minute.
A Boston Unity Fest sampler
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008
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The accidental gangsta

Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2008