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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...
| October 04, 2011
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.
| April 08, 2011
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)
| March 26, 2011
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
| December 31, 2010
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 !
| September 17, 2010
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
| January 01, 2010
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
| October 02, 2009
Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills
Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
| September 25, 2009
CMJ in one day
The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
| October 29, 2008
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...
| October 20, 2008
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
| September 10, 2008
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
| December 17, 2007
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
| July 17, 2007
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
| March 19, 2007
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
| January 17, 2006
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.
| January 04, 2006
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