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Off the Couch: Twist and crawl

Last call for drinking up the drunken punk at KC's Tap on THURSDAY (the 29th) with THE THROTTLES , THE EVIL STREAKS , DENVER BOOT , and DOG DAY AFTERNOON ; 21+ and $5 at the door (401.722.0150).
Tallahassee, Scarce, and more!

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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011

The Big Hurt: Snoop goes 4G

Plus, Scott Walker's drift, Rick Ross's Tweet thuggery, Sting's Libya worries, Biebs's deep thoughts
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2011

Ghostface Killah | Apollo Kids

Back in October, Ghostface Killah released a statement proclaiming Apollo Kids to be a "warm-up to the big thing that's gonna happen next."
Def Jam (2010)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  January 07, 2011
Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)

Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)

Wu-Tang, while always good for an unexpected turn or two, did something absolutely unprecedented at their Boston show last week: they showed up on time....
By Chris Faraone  |  December 29, 2010

Interview: U-God

Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2010


Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010

An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

Mathematics | Return Of The Wu & Friends

As chairman, muse, and beatmaker for the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA casts a shadow big enough to shade all but a few marquee members of his extended family.
Gold Dust Media (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010

Two great flavors

"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009


 Yay! Happy No More 2009! Wait...that sounds negative.Happy Another Year Further Away From 2008! There, that's better. Call us crazy, but the future feels a...
By Michael Brodeur  |  December 21, 2009

Video and Recap from Raekwon at the Paradise

It dawned on me this morning in the shower - as I was scrubbing off last night - that I've been listening to Wu-Tang for...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 21, 2009

Raekwon + Capone & Noreaga at the Asylum

The general consensus is that it’s been a bum year for hip-hop, but that the genre’s biggest and best statement this year was, by a...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009
Raekwon at Lupo's

Raekwon at Lupo's

"Lemme tap them pockets/them pockets fat?" Someone's always looking for the green on a Raekwon album. The Wu-Tang wizard blends street hustla stereotypes with philosophical...
By Stuff Boston  |  November 03, 2009

Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009


Interview: Warren G

Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
Smooth hustler
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
Raekwon at Jerky's

Raekwon at Jerky's

I was recently poking around some of Raekwon's mix tapes and was reminded just how fierce the Wu-Tang master is with that mic. The Staten...
By webteam  |  July 15, 2009
Your Extensive Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest Primer

Your Extensive Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest Primer

If I tried to write about every one of the 30-or-so rappers set to collectively slap Unity Fest at ...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 28, 2009
Unity Fest featuring Raekwon + Special Teamz + Akrobatic + 7L & Esoteric

Unity Fest featuring Raekwon + Special Teamz + Akrobatic + 7L & Esoteric

Sure, bringing peace to Boston streets seems an impossible goal — but Edo. G aims high. After all, the man packed nearly 30 hip-hop acts...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 27, 2009

Clik tracks

Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
Buckshot and Black Moon get live
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009


Say what?

Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 10, 2009

Get sprung

Between the packages that turn up on my Jamaica Plain doorstep and the envelopes that stuff my Phoenix mailbox, I have enough music to start a mixtape spot in Downtown Crossing.
A bumpin' crop of spring hip-hop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2009

Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor

Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
Lupo's, January 2, 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009

Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008

Backed the f*** up

I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008


Pete Rock

On the 15 tracks of his fourth solo outing in 10 years, Rock peddles familiar fare, a more precise mix of the same bleached-out horns and terse hooks he’s honed for years.
NY's Finest | Nature Sounds
By DANIEL DENORCH  |  May 12, 2008

Pimp and circumstance

Some 45 minutes into the Wu-Tang Clan’s afternoon performance in Harvard Yard, Raekwon took a moment to describe his audience.

Wu-Tang Clan at Harvard University "Yardfest," April 18, 2008

By RICHARD BECK  |  April 22, 2008

Too legit to quit

The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

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