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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs
Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
| February 18, 2011
Black Eyed Peas at the TD Garden
Some may be excited to hear that hip-pop guilty pleasure the Black Eyed Peas are bringing their "Boom Boom Pow" into town, though few fans...
| July 29, 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
Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
| May 14, 2010
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.
| May 07, 2010
The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!
Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
| March 05, 2010
Twitter Roundup of the 2010 Grammys: Jessica Simpson weeps over Pink, Pete Yorn moans for MGMT, and more
Most of you were probably too busy personally livetweeting last night's Grammy Awards to actually watch the performances or pay attention to what pop stars...
| February 01, 2010
Burrito, Investigates, Porn, Auto-tune and WTF
Info Burrito, Sandbox Investigates, relationship porn, Auto-tuned Ed and WTF all in today's The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
| September 23, 2009
Minitel Rose | The French Machine
Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
| June 26, 2009
Cheer of a black planet
It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
| March 11, 2009
2008 Listravaganza Part 2
Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 05, 2009
Y'all come back now . . .
I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
| December 30, 2008
The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!
I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
| December 29, 2008
The year in Auto-Tune
| December 23, 2008
T-Pain | Thr33 Ringz
T-Pain’s third studio album won’t surprise fans of the Tallahassee-based hip-hop maestro.
| November 18, 2008
All rappers ride on the claim that they’re the best, but on III Wayne makes his case.
Tha Carter III | Young Money/Cash Money/Universal
| June 17, 2008
It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
| March 25, 2008
From ’Ye to mixtapes
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
Maybe he should spend less time spelling out his name.
From Nothin' to Somethin' | Def Jam
| July 17, 2007
You and your tech-chic
You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
| December 20, 2006
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