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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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Young Gifted and Black makes responsible rap cool

If you look closely in the 2002 video for Public Enemy's "Gotta Give the Peeps What They Need," you'll see a 13-year-old Jesse Winfrey playing the background.
Drama of the Gifted Child
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 20, 2010
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Photos: Public Enemy: 1988-1998

From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
 From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 06, 2010
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Still Public Enemy #1

Don't call it a comeback tour. Or a Public Enemy reunion. Even if you snoozed on their last few discs and festival romps across five continents, Chuck D and Flavor Flav have perpetually marched forth in raucous righteousness.
Twenty years after Black Planet, Chuck D continues to fight the powers that be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010
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Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010
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Kid vicious

It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
By LEOR GALIL  |  April 09, 2010


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Fresh legends

Nine out of 10 rap legends prefer People Under the Stairs. (The holdout is a crackhead.) That's no joke — in my hundreds of interviews with dudes who brought the noise and funk before the big ship sunk ( circa 1997), California underground heroes Thes
Somebody pinch People Under the Stairs
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010
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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009

Music Seen: Brother Ali

Even if you've seen Brother Ali before, you have not seen the show that he played last week.
Brother Ali, live at Asylum, November 10, 2009
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2009
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Review: Shepard Fairey + Z-Trip + Chuck D

So Shepard Fairey actually made it this time. No insane, last-minute sting operations by Boston cops lurking just off the ICA’s property line. But also: no grand dramatics, either. (Like, he totally could have parachuted through a shattered skylight. In
“Experiment Redux” | Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston | July 31, 2009
By NICK CURRAN AND ADDISON POST  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, Chuck D at the ICA

Shepard Fairey spins at Obey Experiment REDUX at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D, live at the Institute of Contemporary Art, on July 31, 2009
By MELISSA OSTROW AND ALEX SLATER  |  August 07, 2009


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Photos: Friday at Bonnaroo 2009

Photos from Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo 2009
Public Enemy, Santigold, Beastie Boys, and more on Friday, June 12, 2009 at Bonnaroo
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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They get ill

Jocko Henderson, Lady B, Schoolly D, Jazzy Jeff, and The Roots
Five Philly rap essentials
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 29, 2009
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Dark passage

The Production Code, Hollywood's notorious self-censorship program, was instituted by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in 1930, but it didn't go into effect till 1934, when it was administered by Joseph I. Breen.
Film noir and the Production Code at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  May 29, 2009

Art for art's sake

Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
The creative economy
By AL DIAMON  |  May 01, 2009
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Cheer of a black planet

It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009


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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
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009
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A history of violins

To paraphrase (very loosely) Ben Franklin, wherever you go in this world of ours — and that includes Sweden, native land of Dungen mastermind Gustav Ejstes — nothing is certain but death, taxes, and being picked on mercilessly if you’re a kid who plays
The bigger, better sound of Dungen
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 21, 2008
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Roots Manuva | Slime and Reason

The richest fruit of British rap’s gestation period is the growing catalogue of Roots Manuva.  
Big Dada/Ninja Tune (2008)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  October 15, 2008
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Record reviewers

The problem with these “play your most revered album in full” shows that everyone from Public Enemy to Liz Phair is doing lately is that the correct answer is not always a no-brainer.  
Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr, and Built to Spill at the Orpheum, September 27, 2008
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 01, 2008
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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008


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Here we go, yo

No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 21, 2008

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008
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Alloy Orchestra

If it weren’t for Alloy Orchestra, it’s doubtful Boston would ever get to see silents like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld.
The Alloy does the Underworld at the Somerville
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2008
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The top 20 local albums of 2007

Whatever you may think of Portland’s live-music scene nowadays — I’d argue it’s improving.
Here’s to the cream of a very impressive crop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2007
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Future rap

“Sometimes I find it very hard to be me,” Saul Williams raps on The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of NiggyTardust! ’s first track, “Black History Month.”
Saul Williams teams up with Trent Reznor
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 10, 2007


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FARC

You’ve probably heard of two of the “indie” hip-hop artists below, even if they’re bypassing trad distribution models and just giving away their music.
Stuff you've never heard and "Fuck A Record Company"
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  November 19, 2007
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WW2 is finally over

The Infinity Ward developers must be high-fiving.
Call of Duty  goes modern
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 19, 2007

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Our producers Hall of Fame
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2007

Little Papeet can't jump

L’affaire Papitto is one of those stories so stupid and ridiculous that no one could have made it up.
Octogenarian rap enthusiast roils Roger Williams University
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 18, 2007