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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.
| October 19, 2012
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?
| December 30, 2011
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...
| February 13, 2011
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
| January 14, 2011
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...
| August 30, 2010
Billboard's Rap Songs chart
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
| July 02, 2010
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
| December 11, 2009
Interview: Warren G
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
| October 30, 2009
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
| May 01, 2009
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
| April 24, 2009
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.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 26, 2009
An abridged history of the Roots' collabs
| January 20, 2009
Off the Couch: Get Cozy
Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
| December 10, 2008
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
| July 28, 2008
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
| April 02, 2008
It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
| March 25, 2008
Start with some Spice
The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
| December 26, 2007
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
| September 05, 2007
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
| August 21, 2006
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