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SXSW: Rhymesayers Acts Rep Hard at Mohawk, Big Year Sure To Follow

The other night we caught the first couple sets of an Agency Group showcase at the Mohawk, where we got a focused snapshot of what's...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 19, 2011
Eyedea Memorial Concert, Plus Memories & Public Wake Info

Eyedea Memorial Concert, Plus Memories & Public Wake Info

One thing about hip-hop tragedies is that heads do one hell of a job in the memorial department. In the event of Eyedea's demise, I...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 25, 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

Lazlo Supreme | Evil Made Easy

No regional hip-hop scene has a more distinct sound than the Twin Cities.
Urban Home Companion (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010

Blind ambition

The only thing less common than Brother Ali–caliber MCs are profiles that don’t credit dude as “blind” and “albino” in the first graf.
Brother Ali is more than just albino
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009

Brother Ali | Us

Brother Ali is like a cool roaming uncle who occasionally surfaces with gifts and insights.
Rhymesayers (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 02, 2009


Things fall apart

As hipster, electronic, indie-rock, and rap cultures converge, MCs are taking cues from their other-genre contemporaries who rely on everything from stage props and antics to self-mutilation in the quest to entertain.
Hip-hop finds room to move at South-By.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 25, 2009