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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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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