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Allah people in the house

“Muslim hip-hop is not like Christian rock,” says Yusuf, the Merrimack Valley half of the Allah-inspired Boston-Lowell tag team Blak Madeen.
Blak Madeen stay true on Sacred Defense
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 13, 2009
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How the West was won

Here’s how to familiarize yourself with the evolution of subterranean Los Angeles hip-hop.
New book and documentary shine light on LA underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 24, 2009
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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
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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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Holler

“We wanted to make you aware that you need to get approval before making arrangements of other writers’ work” — oops.

 Amplive's Rainydayz Remixes, approved by Thom


By WILL SPITZ  |  March 12, 2008
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Hello, Boombazi

Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2007


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Mad scientists

Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2006
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Download Festival

Moseying through the muggy afternoon collegiate tunefest dubbed the “Download Festival” last Sunday at the Tweeter Center, I watched as chicks shimmied to the jammin’ beats of the Wailers and dudes walked with hats back and shirts off, spilling beer. S
G. Love & Dropkick Murphys  
By JESS MCCONNELL  |  August 22, 2006
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Tear the club up

"What Samir and I bring to the table is that we were both coming from a real street hip-hop sentiment," says LaCrate, "and that’s where club in its origin came from. As much as it may have been comprised of rave breaks, there was nothing rave – I always
How Baltimore and Aaron LaCrate are going to save club music
By MIKE MCKAY  |  August 22, 2006
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Jurassic 5

Major-label “positive” rappers like this decade-old crew have defended the old school like schoolmarms upholding the five principles of hip-hop as if they were as much fun as the three R’s. Jurassic 5, "Work It Out" feat. Dave Matthews Band  (Quicktime
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By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 21, 2006

Portland scene report, June 2, 2006

Now-Is-Now and Dead Season poised for upcoming releases; F2 Beat Alliance debut Sanford Funk Summit ; Jason Hjort boosts the city's electronic music scene
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 31, 2006


Voices carry

For years, the idea that Boston hip-hop is about to blow has been a mantra for the local scene.
Akrobatik signs to Fat Beats, Insight goes crazy
By  |  January 13, 2006