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Re-Endtroducing DJ Shadow

After a long phone conversation, the last thing I asked Josh Davis, was, if at age 40, he still had something to prove. "Oh, definitely," the man better known as DJ Shadow immediately replied, despite having just released a box set and greatest hits.

By DAN WEISS  |  December 07, 2012
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Nas | Life Is Good

Life Is Good is the album Illmatic fans have browbeat Nas into making while undervaluing an astounding number of achievements over a dozen "other" albums.
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By DAN WEISS  |  August 10, 2012
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Nas rocks the bells

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011
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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
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Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 11, 2011
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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
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011


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Alpha Cormega

Cormega's been to Paris, been to and from prison, and signed to Def Jam and a host of smaller labels.
A Queens rapper sees the real world through Boston
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans

Platinum shenanigans
Plus more music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 01, 2010
Nas and Damian Marley at Lupo's

Nas and Damian Marley at Lupo's


"What happened to us?/geographically they moved us from Africa/we was once happiness pursuers/now we're backstabbing, combative and abusive/the African and Arab go at it/they're most...
By webteam  |  August 24, 2010
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Fat Joe | The Dark Side

Along with Nas, Busta Rhymes, and a few chosen others, Fat Joe belongs to an exclusive cadre of MCs who sustain foundation and commercial relevance.
E1 (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010
Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at the House of Blues

Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at the House of Blues


Thanks to T.I., Drake, Jeezy, and a whole bunch of other assbags, we no longer expect commercial hip-hop albums to be even decent. As for...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010


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Photos: Nas and Damian Marley at SXSW

Photos of Nas and Damian Marley, at the Levi's Fader Fort during SXSW 2010
Live from SXSW 2010: Nas and Damian Marley, at the Levi's Fader Fort, on March 17, 2010
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 19, 2010
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Fresh Vetz | Vet Status

It's a bright sign for hip-hop when at least three promising subterranean sluggers ride flows comparable to that of the almighty Nas.
Top Shelf (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 29, 2010
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The Big Hurt: The Obama jubilance debriefing

Obama is the first president in history to drop a HOVA reference in a campaign speech by way of a little hand-brushy motion, and rappers turned out in droves to support him.
When celebrities celebrate, metaphors suffer
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2008