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Six months ago my teenage cousins told me they'd been listening to Big Pun. And Nas, and Ghostface, and every other artist who inspires regular road rage in male rap fans between the ages of 28 and 35.
The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy
| September 09, 2011
Listen to Dem
Last call for 'BRU Rock Hunt finalists LAST ONE OUT at Ri Ra (401.272.1953) on THURSDAY (the 2nd).
Plus Sarah, Six Star, and Dox
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| June 03, 2011
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
25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010
As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
| March 12, 2010
Ivory and ebony
Hip-hop will never be post-racial. Pigment plays a major role at every level, and that's not always a bad thing.
Jake One and Freeway aren't hip-hop's first multi-racial tag team
| February 19, 2010
Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
Buckshot and Black Moon get live
| April 17, 2009
Scenes 4 tweens
When I was a teenager, all I ever longed for was to live in a world where it was socially acceptable, nay, a social requirement , to frequently burst into song.
Troy, Gabriella, and the HSM2 crew put the music in them. Now our two quasi-theater critics are trying to get it out.
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN AND CHRIS FARAONE
| January 07, 2009
2008 Listravaganza Part 2
Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 05, 2009
Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
| November 11, 2008
McCain in the membrane
Four tracks into his Monday Monster Jam performance, Brooklyn rap czar Jay-Z stops the music and points to a freeze-frame image of George W. Bush on the titanic screen above the TD Banknorth Garden stage.
The Maverick-iest candidate has hip-hop support from R.A. the Rugged Man
| October 30, 2008
If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .
Five outrageous Immortal Technique moments
| June 24, 2008
Talk the talk
Music critics can’t win.
A local hip-hop critic puts his money where his mouth is
| June 17, 2008
The accidental gangsta
Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
| May 19, 2008
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
| April 22, 2008
P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
| February 19, 2008
Twenty-five-year-old Javon Townes (a/k/a JV Darapsinga) shows up for interviews as if he were about to hit the stage — as if he were expecting someone to call with a gig any minute.
JV Darapsinga gets a new lease on life
MATTHEW M. BURKE
| December 12, 2006
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
| March 10, 2006
It’s a late Tuesday night in February, and Lansdowne Street looks like a ghost town.
Termanology and Ed Rock step toward the national spotlight
MATTHEW M. BURKE
| March 07, 2006
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