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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.
| December 07, 2012
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.
Def Jam (2012)
| August 10, 2012
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
| September 09, 2011
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
| March 11, 2011
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
| February 11, 2011
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
| January 21, 2011
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
| December 17, 2010
The Big Hurt: Soundgarden's platinum shenanigans
Plus more music news in brief
| October 01, 2010
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...
| August 24, 2010
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.
| August 06, 2010
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...
| July 21, 2010
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
| March 19, 2010
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)
| January 29, 2010
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
| November 18, 2008
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