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In Memoriam: Magnus Johnstone, 1952-2013

On February 22, 2013, Boston lost a legend.
Paying tribute to the unlikely uncle of Boston hip-hop
By PACEY FOSTER  |  March 15, 2013

Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010

Tonight: History of Boston Hip-Hop comes alive at Enormous Room. Plus: Pacey Foster video and mixtape

This week in the Phoenix, Chris Faraone talks to PACEY FOSTER -- "the biggest nerd hip-hop historian in all of Boston" -- about Pacey's Boston...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 30, 2009

Tale of the tapes

Soon after music-minded UMass-Boston management professor Pacey Foster signed on to write a Boston chapter for the most comprehensive hip-hop tome ever compiled, his mission brought him to rural Maine, where it has long been speculated that the Hub rhy
Pacey Foster tells the story of Boston hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 27, 2009

Photos: History of Boston hip-hop

A collection of the Boston hip-hop community's earliest works, courtesy of Pacey Foster
A photo tour through Boston's hip-hop history
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 20, 2009

Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009