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Are cities trying to freeze the Occupy movement to death?

As New York City police scrubbed Occupy Wall Street clean of its inhabitants and their belongings Tuesday morning, emotions ran high back in Boston .
The Cold War
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 18, 2011
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Watsky: The bard of Beantown

George Watsky says things that most rappers wouldn’t think. Like the word “befuddled.”
Watsky’s performance art is not just under raps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 17, 2010
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Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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The Big Hurt: We floss econo

You might recall a slew of ominous articles in 2007 proclaiming that hip-hop was through. Sales were way down, and the culprits were clear: jewelry, violence, and naughty dancing.
Cleaning up rap's act could equal big savings
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2009

Crossword: ''Two by two''


Dissecting a fearsome foursome
By MATT JONES  |  December 12, 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


A call to action

The credits of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes rolled, and I felt two ways.
Fixing hip-hop must come from within
By JOE KOSNOW  |  May 23, 2007
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The Hip Hop Project

Like basketball, hip-hop offers a way out of the inner-city cycle of violence and poverty.
A project in opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  May 08, 2007