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FREE MIXTAPE for Gamer Geeks and Hip-Hop Nerds

FREE MIXTAPE for Gamer Geeks and Hip-Hop Nerds


As video game music has become more mainstream, or at least more popular thanks to outlets like OverClocked Remix, I think it's safe to say...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 29, 2011
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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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Taio Cruz | Rokstarr

When Taio Cruz sings, "I can't live without you," in "Take Me Back," pop-song conventions tell us he's referring to a lover.
Mercury (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 25, 2010
Drake + Ludacris at the Dunkin' Donuts Center

Drake + Ludacris at the Dunkin' Donuts Center


Degrassi: The Next Generation may have gotten Toronto MC Drake into the spotlight, but it's been rhyme skills, saucy talk, and some truly unique backing...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010
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The Big Hurt: A big country lesbian pissing match

Reports began to surface recently that a major country star was set to come out of the closet in People magazine. I had high hopes for Chris Gaines, but no such luck.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 14, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 2010
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Asher Roth & DJ Wreckineyez | Seared Foie Gras W/ Quince And Cranberry

Now that Boston boy toy Sam Adams has blown onto hip-hop’s front lines, there’s almost room for original frat rapper Asher Roth to find a respectable position somewhere between the big-indie Atmosphere types and the upper echelon of major-label boom-bap.
School Boy (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 09, 2010
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25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010

As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 12, 2010
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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?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 29, 2010
CLICK TRACKS: In which Wayne Coyne is a blob, Mystikal is offended, and the Killers are dead (for now)

CLICK TRACKS: In which Wayne Coyne is a blob, Mystikal is offended, and the Killers are dead (for now)


Amy Winehouse fined for assaultAmy Winehouse managed to keep her bedraggled self out of the tabloids for an admirable run, but sooner or later water...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  January 25, 2010


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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?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Think of England

Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 09, 2009
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Send in the clowns

The New York Post got to resurrect its priceless "Wacko Jacko" headline. Barbara Walters scored Super Bowl-level ratings without having to lift a pretty little finger. And Michael Jackson, well, no matter how you slice it, he got screwed royally.
The wacky worlds of Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 03, 2009
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Riot act

Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
Girl Talk plays a little bit of everything
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  November 10, 2008
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Mirror ball

The stirring pop hits of the day can’t help but reflect the refracting cracked mirror of our nation’s increasingly emotion-laden psyche.
Fables of deconstruction
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 08, 2008


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Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008
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The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief

Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 12, 2008
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Lil Mama

There must be a name for the phenomenon of a child actor aging too quickly on the set of a film, right?
VYP: Voice of the Young People | Jive
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 06, 2008
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Youth in the booth

Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008
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Live Earth 2007

So you’re headed to a Live Earth gig somewhere, whether outside New York City or in a remote outpost in Antarctica.
Where to go, who to see, what to know — even if you don't have a ticket
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2007


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New Orleans notes

This year as last, the refrain at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was: “We’re back.”
A city holds fast to its soul
By JON GARELICK  |  May 08, 2007
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Black Milk

After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
Popular Demand | Fatbeats
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007
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Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007
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Bootleg beats

The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2007
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Reyes Brothers

Mellow Man Ace, who had the first hit Latin hip-hop single in 1989 (“Mentirosa”), and Sen Dog, of the seminal group Cypress Hill, are actual brothers.
Ghetto Therapy | Lightyears
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 04, 2006


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On the racks: September 26, 2006

...plus Ludacris, Alan Jackson, and Scissor Sisters.
Tori Amos, the Lemonheads, Janet Jackson
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 26, 2006
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On the racks: September 19, 2006

...plus DJ Shadow, Chingy, and Kasabian
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Fergie, Smash Mouth...
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 19, 2006
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Pharrell's greatest hits

From Wreckx-N-Effect to Fam-Lay
Fourteen years of rumpshaking beats
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006
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Forced exposure

Does Kate Moss really love Peaches more than she loves cocaine?
Peaches sounds off on sex, education, all-girl bands, and why the '80s were the gayest decade ever
By ALIZA SHAPIRO  |  July 20, 2006