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Jay-Z takes the train

Last week, our nation's attention was captured by an extraordinary news story: Jay-Z, for the final night of his concert residence at New York's Barclays Center, travelled to the venue on the subway.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 19, 2012
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Madonna, Sleigh Bells, Rick Ross, Lana Del Rey, and Grimes highlight early 2012 releases; plus, a concert sampler

There's nothing particularly apocalyptic about the releases thus far slated for 2012: perhaps this is the way that the music world melts down, with a whimper rather than a bang, right?
Winter forecast
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 30, 2011
Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?

Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?


It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 13, 2011
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Reveling in Spose's Medium for the masses

Spose will soon release a new album on a major label, Universal Republic. Happy Medium is not it. The answer to the question "Why?" is the subject of another story (conveniently found  here ).
C'mon get Happy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 14, 2011
MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"

MP3: Kanye featuring Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, "Monster"


Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon...
By Ryan Stewart  |  August 30, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010


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New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009
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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
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The Big Hurt: Jacko solvent! Boyle swelling! Lupus dissed!

If you had your heart set on picking up a gently used chimp tuxedo or a suspicious child skeleton, you're outta luck
MJ's ranch, Hoppus and Wentz on Twitter, and Susan Boyle
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 01, 2009
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The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)

A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 24, 2009

Rick Ross

It was fine when Rick Ross was just another average tattooed black guy who was claiming to be a drug dealer without ever having pushed a nickel bag. But he was really a corrections officer, and for a rapper that's less sexy than blowing your hype man on
It was fine when Rick Ross was just another average tattooed black guy who was claiming to be a drug dealer without ever having pushed a nickel bag. But he was really a corrections officer, and for a rapper that's less sexy than blowing your hype man on stage.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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An abridged history of the Roots' collabs

Collaborations
Tangled up
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

Off the Couch: Get Cozy


Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 10, 2008
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The week in boners

With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008
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Fat Joe

For a 15-year rap veteran who brought the world the late Big Pun and has penned a long string of hits, Fat Joe sure has an inferiority complex.
The Elephant in the Room | Terror Squad
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  April 02, 2008
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Rick Ross

It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 25, 2008


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Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007
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Culture clash

If there were two golden rules worth following for this reviewer gig, they’d be never conflate an artist’s backstory with her product, and never read other people’s reviews.
M.I.A. confronts American pop protocol
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  September 05, 2007

LeToya

If you were thinking that Destiny’s Child was all about Beyoncé Knowles, think again. LeToya, "All Eyes on me"  (mp3) LeToya, "Obvious"  (mp3)
LeToya | Capitol  
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 21, 2006