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Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?
It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious...
| February 13, 2011
artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis
Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
| January 21, 2011
2010: The year of Videogum
In September, a video was bouncing around the Phoenix offices.
An interview with Gabriel Delahaye
| December 24, 2010
Transcript: The Phoenix interviews M.I.A.
| October 08, 2010
Full Transcript: Boston Phoenix interviews M.I.A. 
| October 08, 2010
The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age
By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
| June 25, 2010
Kings of Queens
When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
| June 25, 2010
The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs
More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
| May 28, 2010
Newest Lame-Ass Trend in Major Label Hip-Hop Exposed by NY Mag
R.A. the Rugged Man said it best: Every Major Record Label Sucks Dick. Major props to New York Mag writer Erika Ramirez for writing today...
| May 04, 2010
It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
| April 09, 2010
Easy does it
Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
| April 09, 2010
The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!
Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
| March 05, 2010
The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off
MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
| February 19, 2010
The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs
This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
| January 29, 2010
The Big Hurt: The decade ahead
As a new decade dawns, it's time to cast a curious eye toward the future.
Music predictions for the pubescent millennium
| January 15, 2010
Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
| January 08, 2010
Rap's prison rotation: T.I. out, Lil Wayne headed in
SO LONG: Lil Wayne's farewell-to-New Orleans gig last night Take a good long look at Weezy up there, from his farewell gig last night at...
| December 29, 2009
Swollen Members | Armed to the Teeth
I’m not completely sure why the mere mention of Swollen Members rubs so many underground rap snobs the wrong way.
Battle Axe (2009)
| November 20, 2009
The Big Hurt: Checking the Billboard Hot 100
As usual, I won't be able to make it through the full 100, but seven is just as good, right?
| August 28, 2009
Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall
Jay Reatard is the Lil Wayne of the Memphis garage-rock scene.
| August 28, 2009
Flying solo (and duo)
Think about everything you know about Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter: Ocean's work fronting the heavy rock trio Loverless, say, or his lead-guitar turn in the radio-rock foursome All the Real Girls; Gutter's piercing vocals out front of Rustic Overtones,
Elijah Ocean and Dave Gutter get busy taking it slow
| August 07, 2009
Rudy Giuliani ran his city the way a bachelor does his pad — shoving clutter and disaster out of sight while showcasing redeeming qualities.
Blaq Poet wants to battle
| July 03, 2009
Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.
Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
Universal Motown (2009)
| June 05, 2009
The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)
A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
| April 24, 2009
Dr. Lovemonkey: Home improvement?
I think that I am being played for a fool.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
| April 10, 2009
Music news: March 30, 2009
Broadway (Billie) Joe: Green Day's American Idiot being adapted for the stage.Delayed Rebirth: Lil' ...
| March 30, 2009
13. Lil Wayne
It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Bosto
It was sad enough that Lil Wayne convinced millions of fans that his rhymes are innovative. But recently he crossed the line by pocketing two armfuls of Grammy Awards, and – on a personal note for those of us in Beantown – by refusing to perform in Boston because he didn't want to pass through security. That was actually a good move though; we were hankering to beat his lil' ass.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
The Big Hurt: Weezy goes free, Miley turns bitter, Martin still lame
The good news: the 2006 drug charges against Lil Wayne have been dropped after a judge ruled that the search leading to his arrest wasn't proper.
Music news in brief
| March 19, 2009
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
| March 18, 2009
The Big Hurt: We floss econo
You might recall a slew of ominous articles in 2007 proclaiming that hip-hop was through. Sales were way down, and the culprits were clear: jewelry, violence, and naughty dancing.
Cleaning up rap's act could equal big savings
| March 09, 2009
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