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Bye-bye, Kanerko

On FRIDAY (the 24th) welcome rap supercrew LA COKA NOSTRA (sans Everlast) with guests THE PROBLEMADDICTS and DJ ROB SWIFT (of the X-ecutioners) at Lupo's (all ages, 401.272.5876).
Plus, Summit Music Fest, take 2

Falside cranks up the Snare Conditioning

There's no stopping Provy-based producer Falside the Beatsmith, who just released his most recent "seasonal beat tape," Snare Conditioning , and has plenty more in store by year's end, as he hand-crafts beats for some of the finest local and national i
Return of the beatsmith
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 23, 2011

[awesome video(s) alert] Slaine - "Trail of Blood" and Grey Sky Appeal - "S/T"

Easily two of the best tracks off two of the best hip-hop albums of the summer - in Boston or anywhere else. Be sure to...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 01, 2011
Heavy Metal Kings Conquer New England

Heavy Metal Kings Conquer New England

Anyone who caught the HEAVY METAL KINGS show at Brighton Music Hall a few months back would agree it was a headbanger's ball, something like...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 18, 2011
Slaine to Appear on NBC's "The Cape" Tonight

Slaine to Appear on NBC's "The Cape" Tonight

Boston's most notorious rap scoundrel slash actor Slaine - best known theatrically from roles in "The Town" and "Gone Baby Gone" - is set to...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 28, 2011
Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download

Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download

The hard-partying, harder-working Slaine has never been more exhausted than he was this Monday. It's no wonder; he'd been draining booze and hibernating in his...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 27, 2010


Termanology and Statik take Lawtown national

At a middle school in Roxbury last week, a teacher friend of mine, hardly expecting a landmark response, asked her students to list their favorite hip-hop artists. One brave young cat passed up Wayne and T-Pain to prop a home-town hero: "Termanology ca
Mass appeal
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010

Steady business

"Poorly Drawn People has some new members, and a new way of doing biz."
Poorly Drawn People's Reason and Falside remain in motion
By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 04, 2010

Mr. Incongeniality

The night before this interview, Bomshot pulled what might go down as the most boneheaded stunt in Boston hip-hop history when, in the middle of a crowded Slaine and Ill Bill show at Harpers Ferry, he attempted to cheap-shot the former from behind.
Bomshot makes a better MC than neighbor
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 28, 2010
WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: New Slaine Video – “King Villain”

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: New Slaine Video – “King Villain”

Off the upcoming Edu Leedz mixtape, The Write Off (FREE DOWNLOAD LINK)...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 23, 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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

La Coka Nostra at the Asylum

Back in Portland, three members of House of Pain — Everlast, Danny Boy, and DJ Lethal — reunite with Ill Bill and Slaine under the...
By webteam  |  September 23, 2009

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

A long time comin'

Says Slaine, "When I get high I want to get higher, and when I get low I just want to get lower. I can't seem to find that place in the middle."
La Coka Nostra's been prepping this debut for a minute
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009

New FREE La Coka Nostra Mixtape

 As I've been mentioning all over Facebook and Twitter, I have a major feature on La Coka Nostr...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 08, 2009
MP3: La Coka Nostra (Slaine, Lethal, Everlast & Ill Bill) Reveal Debut Album Track List, Leak Bun-B Collabo

MP3: La Coka Nostra (Slaine, Lethal, Everlast & Ill Bill) Reveal Debut Album Track List, Leak Bun-B Collabo

DOWNLOAD: La Coka Nostra, "Choose Your Side (Feat. Bun B) [mp3] I won't lie; I was recently excited...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 01, 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
House of Pain: Back from the dead?

House of Pain: Back from the dead?

On hiatus for the last 13 years, Irish-bred rap group House of Pain returned for a one-night performance at the Roxy on St. Patty’s Day. One would think that after over a decade off-stage, the group would have delivered a power-punch performance that lingered on the lips of the audience for years to come. Instead, the audience received yes energetic, but not a long-lasting impression of this once ground-breaking group.

By Lisa Spinelli  |  March 18, 2009

Slideshow: House of Pain at the Roxy

House of Pain come back from the dead at the Roxy on St. Patty's Day
House of Pain, live at the Roxy, March 17, 2009
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  March 18, 2009
Necro's Degenerate Middle East Show

Necro's Degenerate Middle East Show

It’s a good thing my grandmother stayed home from Necro’s show at the Middle East this past Saturday...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 22, 2008

Slaine vs. Sage Francis War Is Over

Pacifist observers of the ongoing beef between Providence indie rap hero Sage Francis and Southie r...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 25, 2008