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The Big Hurt: Factual errors, PR hubris, and butt stuff
By the time you read this, I may already be throwing back Bud Lights with my pal Pitbull in the sporting goods aisle of the Kodiak, Alaska, Walmart.
| August 03, 2012
50 Cent to P. Diddy via Twitter: Stand Down
Here's one rap battle we didn't quite see coming. It seems that 50 Cent, who in the past could be found in da club with...
| July 09, 2010
SXSW 2010: Hare band
By 7 pm on day three of South by Southwest, Bad Rabbits bassist Graham had flashed his naked ass in the crossroads of two thriving, alcohol-drenched Austin arteries.
Boston’s Bad Rabbits get a major buzzcut
| March 26, 2010
It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
| March 26, 2010
The Manhattan project
"Was I a coward to abandon the broken down mechanics that crowned Biggie Smalls as the king of Atlantis?" asks Providence-based wordsmith B. Dolan.
B. Dolan breaks north on Fallen House, Sunken City
| February 26, 2010
Oh, MGM: I realize you're staving off bankruptcy, but is remaking past hits the answer?
A PG-rated, post- High School Musical remake: why, exactly?
| October 02, 2009
Brother Ali | Us
Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
| October 02, 2009
I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
| July 24, 2009
He's not a doctor . . .
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
| May 15, 2009
Rakim: Return of the King
As long as the Microsoft linguists who're responsible for updating Word are adding "Barack" and "Obama" to the spell-check dictionary, they should throw in "Rakim."
Harpers Ferry, January 17, 2009
| January 27, 2009
To its fault and its credit, George Tillman Jr.'s bio-pic offers a life story that fans of late MC extraordinaire Chris Wallace, a/k/a Biggie Smalls, a/k/a the Notorious B.I.G., have known for years.
Romanticized, but well executed
| January 13, 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
Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
| December 23, 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
The good news
When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.
David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| October 08, 2008
Rebirth of a prince
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
| August 19, 2008
This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
The Wackness looks back in languor
| July 09, 2008
Kanye’s music more than lived up to his visual and conceptual audacity.
Kanye West and Rihanna at Tweeter Center, May 15, 2008
| May 29, 2008
Free culture: what it is, why it matters
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
| November 19, 2007
Pop goes to war
Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
| July 25, 2007
Deal me in
In fact, let's just talk about one card in particular.
| July 25, 2007
Keeping it surreal
This article originally appeared in the September 4, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Beastie Boys at the Centrum, August 25, 1998
| October 25, 2006
Every day I’m hustlin’
Dude is so on his grind that he even has an 800 number. Common, "Go (Sultan Remix)" (mp3)
Sultan rules Boston’s hip-hop beat, plus Krush in the Hub
| September 07, 2006
King of nothing
He's known around the world as a crate digger -- an obsessive, irrepressible record fan who will don rubber gloves to find a lost gem. DJ Amir discusses Kings of Diggin' (YouTube)
Boston’s DJ Kon rejects the crown, plus Millions and Bruno
| July 27, 2006
How to waste a DJ
“This is real nostalgic for me,” Lovebug yelled on the mic. “Twenty-three years ago I was at this exact same club, performing my number one single ‘You Gotta Believe’.”
Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
| July 21, 2006
ID Check: The Best Thing Ever
It’s 11:15 pm on Monday night when Alex Billig enters the fancy men’s bathroom at the Top of the Hub lounge.
| May 10, 2006
For all the ink that’s been spilled over him around the world, you’d think Mike Skinner would be a little better known in the US, a country where TomKat’s new bundle of joy trumps suicide bombings on the news and new American idols are minted each and ev
An interview with the Streets' Mike Skinner
| April 27, 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
By the time most rappers drop their fourth album, either everybody’s paying attention or nobody is. In Biggie's case, the truth may lie somewhere in between.
Biggie Smalls’s Final Chapter
| January 14, 2006
Def and dumb
Fight for NY is punch-drunk
| October 24, 2005
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