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Joell Ortiz at Harper's Ferry
Unless you're looking for guys in tight jeans and sunglasses with lyrics to match their candy-colored kicks, Joell Ortiz has everything you could ever want...
| June 15, 2010
Joell Ortiz + Joe Budden at Jerky's
You don't grab a mic if you don't have plenty of self-assurance, and Joell Ortiz ain't lacking in that department: "I need a clone/'cause that's...
| March 10, 2010
Man at work
It's easy to manufacture illusions of rap stardom. Any MySpace whiteboy with a few grand can fill a mixtape with big cameos, and for a little more, guests will even shout his name out. But though such pay-for-spray practices have kept established artis
Statik Selektah is so busy, it bugs him out
| January 22, 2010
Beyond Dilla and Dipset
With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
| January 01, 2010
He's not a doctor . . .
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
| May 15, 2009
Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
| March 30, 2009
How To Write A Dianne Wilkerson Hit Piece In Eight Easy Steps
I’m almost certain that I caught State Senator Dianne Wilkerson doing something slimy earlier today. The only problem is that I’m too lazy to pursue...
| October 14, 2008
Reks in effect
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
Lawtown MC bounces back
| July 28, 2008
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