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The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #101 - Run D.M.C.

The Absolut Top 101 WFNX Artists of All Time #101 - Run D.M.C.


You can vote for your favorite artists & check out the countdown so far right here! #101 - Run D.M.C. Formed in Queens, New York...
By Adam12  |  April 12, 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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The end that could have been

For a few wonderful days, it seemed that Aerosmith were finally kaput.
Three missed Aerosmith break-up opportunities
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 20, 2009
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Smack downer

I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 24, 2009
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The Thriller is gone

With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
For Michael Jackson, Bad aint' good
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 03, 2009

Video interview: Why Run-DMC isn't playing their Hall of Fame induction


Last month we got an offer to interview Darryl McDaniels, who’s much better known as the latter hal...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 03, 2009


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Word to the mother

As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2009
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Here they come a-wassailing

There's not a whole lot of Yuletide-themed activity on Boston's musical fringes this year, and that makes the holiday rock show at the Milky Way this Sunday all the more welcome.
Rock bands, throat singer, and a partridge in a pear tree
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 16, 2008
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ohGr

Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre has made the rounds for the better part of this decade as ohGr, with a more cut-and-paste approach to the electric misanthropy his old band pioneered.
Tracing Ogre’s trajectory
By MATT PARISH  |  December 03, 2008
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Satan's little helpers

Everyone knows that metal is the most evil of all music, what with all those references to the occult, destruction, drinking, the color black, and long hair.
Thrash legends Wargasm only 99 percent pure evil
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 10, 2008
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Lucky, beautiful, and, now, holy

He was the king of rock, there was no higher . The sucker MCs, they should call him sire .
Rev Run runs straight
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 20, 2008


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Alien lanes

By 9 pm last Monday, the Milky Way’s seven lanes were thoroughly stuffed.
Free candlepin Mondays at the Milky Way
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008
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Dream on

It is somehow fitting that the Guitar Hero series should follow the trajectory of the countless rock bands who achieve too much success too soon.
Aerosmith can’t make Guitar Hero sing again
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 28, 2008

Seven easy steps to battle-rap supremacy


Spitting prattle that’ll rattle
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2008
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Coverings

If the title teen of Juno can dismiss Sonic Youth as “just noise,” what would a representative of a generation for whom quiet is the new loud make of the even harsher sonic barrages of first-wave punk?
Jeffrey Lewis’s Crass, and Dirty Projectors’ Black Flag
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  March 10, 2008
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Boston hits Detroit

There’s a dirty little secret about the J. Geils Band — one that diehard Boston fans don’t always appreciate hearing.
Peter Wolf joins forces with Kid Rock
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 29, 2008


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Defending the universally loathed

Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008
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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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Ooh La La

You know that scene in The Blues Brothers where Jake and Elwood are buying instruments for the band and find themselves organ shopping with Ray Charles?
Miss Fairchild sexes up New England a second time
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 22, 2007
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Still nasty

“I think a lot of our music got overshadowed by the girls,” says legendary DJ Mr. Mixx of 2 Live Crew.
How 2 Live Crew blew up from hip-hop comedy act to multi-platinum provocateurs
By BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 18, 2007

Just the facts

I’m writing about your article “ Pardon Us .”
Letters to the Boston editor: November 17, 2006
By LETTERS  |  November 15, 2006


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Jam Master Jay's mom slams DMC

Nobody expected it to get ugly.
Beef overshadows Berklee's Milestones
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  September 25, 2006
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Jurassic 5

Major-label “positive” rappers like this decade-old crew have defended the old school like schoolmarms upholding the five principles of hip-hop as if they were as much fun as the three R’s. Jurassic 5, "Work It Out" feat. Dave Matthews Band  (Quicktime
Feedback | Interscope  
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 21, 2006
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How to waste a DJ

“This is real nostalgic for me,” Lovebug yelled on the mic. “Twenty-three years ago I was at this exact same club, performing my number one single ‘You Gotta Believe’.”
Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
By MAC CARROLL  |  July 21, 2006
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Tougher than leather

Run-DMC nearly killed Darryl McDaniels. Sarah McLachlan saved his life. Now, with a new style, a new album, and even new parents, the king of rap ponders his next act.
The evolution of Darryl McDaniels  
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  April 04, 2006
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Hip-hop history interview and podcast

Authors Jeff Chang and Brian Coleman talk about the latest wave of hip-hop criticism.
Hip-hop journalism comes of age
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2006


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Life, love, and sneakers

Rob Heppler got his sneaker schooling in jail: "Anyone that had super-awesome sneakers, it was for a reason. It meant you were a huge drug dealer or you were rich or somebody cared about you on the outside."
The culture of high-end kicks is about to blow up in Boston. How many pairs do you have?
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  February 18, 2006
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Crossword: 'Gimme Shelter'

38 Across: Two toxic Teletubbies?
Some tense moments await
By BY MATT JONES  |  February 01, 2006