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Red Bull EmSee Battle 2011 (coming to Royale in Boston THIS WEDNESDAY)

Red Bull EmSee Battle 2011 (coming to Royale in Boston THIS WEDNESDAY)


You might have noticed that there's a battle going on over rap battle formats. In one corner, there's the traditional shit, in which MCs face...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 04, 2011
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Take it personal: Chachi Carvalho's In Dust Real Evolution

Beloved Pawtucket lyricist Chachi Carvalho lost his dad to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, an unexpected and devastating event for his family.
Higher calling
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 08, 2011
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Pharoahe Monch | W.A.R.

If rap fans were willing to worship shit from this century, then W.A.R. would already be considered one of the greatest discs of all time.
Duck Down (2011)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 26, 2011
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Winter hip-hop preview: Staying chill

There's this funny idea in the music industry — or at least in the hip-hop slice of that glorious enterprise — that it's uncool to release an album in January, February, or March. Artists and label dicks just love talking about how they're "waiting for t
Indie hip-hop dominates the winter scene
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 31, 2010
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Fall Music Preview: Sounds abound

As the autumnal equinox fast approaches, there’s plenty of action statewide and no genre left behind from Downcity to down south to the highly-anticipated return of a local live landmark — the Met Café, now located in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucke
It's the busiest fall ever !
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 17, 2010
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Local flavor

Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 01, 2010


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Fantastic damage

Unlike hip-hop acts that deny bucking convention for the sake of eccentricity, Anti-Pop Consortium were as clear on day zero as they will certainly be at Great Scott next Thursday about their maverick intentions.
Anti-Pop Consortium’s unfinished business
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009
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Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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CMJ in one day


The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2008
Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day

Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day


I’m not packing clothes for this year’s CMJ Marathon in New York City. In fact, I’m not even br...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 20, 2008
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Food for thought

The Edgewood section of Cranston may not be known as a hip-hop hotbed, but that neighborhood raised a razor-sharp emcee named Romen Rok.
Romen Rok stays hungry
By CHRIS CONTI  |  September 10, 2008


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From ’Ye to mixtapes

To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007
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Skill ride

All it took was a Godzilla sample and a simple, forceful “Simon says get the fuck up” for Pharoahe Monch to leave his mark on hip-hop history.
Pharoahe Monch’s timely return
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  July 17, 2007
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Black Milk

After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
Popular Demand | Fatbeats
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007
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SA-RA CREATIVE PARTNERS

A brief intro to the eternally fashion-forward bi-coastal production trio before these newest signees to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. imprint unleash their big splash later this year.
SECOND TIME AROUND | Sound In Color
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 17, 2006

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What happened to the label that made college kids feel good about hip-hop in an era when gangstas ruled the streets?
RAWKUS RECORDS — CLASSIC CUTS: BEST OF A DECADE 1  | Rawkus.
By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 04, 2006