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Mark Cutler’s exquisite Sweet Pain

Until a Rhode Island pal nudged (shoved!) me in the general direction by getting me hooked on the legendary rock band the Schemers, I thought I had never heard of Mark Cutler.
Letting it bleed
By TRIP MCCLATCHY  |  June 29, 2012
Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 03, 2012

A triumphant Reks returns home after a Euro blitz

Thank the good lord Nas for Europe. Say what you will about their snotty languages and odd sneakers, young people in urban Denmark, France, and Germany have kept sophisticated hardcore hip-hop alive, allowing savants like Lawrence native Reks to win a sl
Cultivated culture
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2011

Saigon | The Greatest Story Never Told

When you finally tell the greatest story never told, holy shit, had it better be a banger.
Suburban Noize (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 04, 2011

Shedding his skin

A few weeks ago, Boston MC Benny Blanco brought his homeboy J the S a flyer for a sketchy wrestling match in Long Island the next day.
The new J the S is wiser than the old one
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2010