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Courageous Men and Mighty Good Boys

On THURSDAY (the 21st) it's last call for local singer/songwriters IAN FITZGERALD and lovely songbird ALLYSEN CALLERY at Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St., PVD), while HOPE ANCHOR (75orLess Records) plays the Parlour on North Main St (formerly the Penal
Mix it up

Dynamite with a laser beam

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? Whatever you do, don't ask Sean Slaughter.
Wax Tablet

Nas rocks the bells

Six months ago my teenage cousins told me they'd been listening to Big Pun. And Nas, and Ghostface, and every other artist who inspires regular road rage in male rap fans between the ages of 28 and 35.
The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 09, 2011

[sxsw video] We're in it for the lulz

For twenty minutes on Thursday night, my friend Akhil and I rounded the perimeter of the Scoot Inn looking for a way in. It was...
By P. Nick Curran  |  March 19, 2011

Winter hip-hop preview: Staying chill

There's this funny idea in the music industry — or at least in the hip-hop slice of that glorious enterprise — that it's uncool to release an album in January, February, or March. Artists and label dicks just love talking about how they're "waiting for t
Indie hip-hop dominates the winter scene
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 31, 2010

Cymarshall Law and the Beatnikz | Freedom Express Line

It's damn near crotch-stiffening to discover a contemporary MC who swings compelling rhymes with an aerobic flow and trademark whistle.
Freedom Entertainment (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 27, 2010

Politically Relevant Rap Video of the Day: Reflection Eternal (Kweli + Hi-Tek) - "Ballad of the Black Gold"

In my opinion this is the most impressive joint on Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli's recently released Revolutions Per Minute (REVIEW HERE). Glad to see they...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 19, 2010

Reflection Eternal | Revolutions Per Minute

It really sucks when critics sing about their personal relationships with old records.
Asylum (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010

Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo | The Exxecution

I feel sorry for the mothers whose fake thug sons were shot and stabbed in the making of this album.
Duck Down (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Man at work

It's easy to manufacture illusions of rap stardom. Any MySpace whiteboy with a few grand can fill a mixtape with big cameos, and for a little more, guests will even shout his name out. But though such pay-for-spray practices have kept established artis
Statik Selektah is so busy, it bugs him out
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

Swollen Members | Armed to the Teeth

I’m not completely sure why the mere mention of Swollen Members rubs so many underground rap snobs the wrong way.
Battle Axe (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 20, 2009


Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009

Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Photos: Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
Mos Def and Talib Kweli, live at House of Blues, September 8, 2009
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 11, 2009
Intercepting an IM Chat between Two College Freshmen who were at the Mos Def Show Last Night

Intercepting an IM Chat between Two College Freshmen who were at the Mos Def Show Last Night

BUhiphopfrosh: Dude – you there?Sneakerhead69: Yeah. Kind of. Still blazed from that post-show blunt. Missed orientation this morning. BUhiphopfrosh: LOL. Me too. Fuck that shit....
By Chris Faraone  |  September 09, 2009
Mos Def's The Ecstatic Tour with Talib Kweli at House of Blues

Mos Def's The Ecstatic Tour with Talib Kweli at House of Blues

Eleven years after Rawkus dropped the singular Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star and ripped wide the divide between underground hip-hop and the...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 02, 2009

Rocked at Rock the Bells

VIDEO: Talib Kweli live at Rock the Bells About three songs into the epic final set of this year's Rock the Bells - a dream-like...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 22, 2009

Photos: Rock the Bells 2009

More from Faraone on this weekend's Rock the Bells coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos after the jump from Derek Green.    K'Naan   Psycho...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 20, 2009

Clik tracks

Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
Buckshot and Black Moon get live
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009

#SXSW #VIDEO: The Mae Shi, Talib Kweli, Peelander-Z, John Forte, the Death Set

Faraone, Brodeur, and Thompson are just now plowing through SXSW's final night -- but we're just getting started with the weekend wrap up. We've got new videos going up hourly, Faraone is still Twittering his face off (and we don't expect him to shut up anytime soon), and there are some epic blog updates coming tomorrow morning. In the meantime, we bring you some of what's been going up on the site over the last 24 hours. First up, THE MAE SHI get it done under a parachute. Make sure you join us AFTER THE JUMP for Japanese punks PEELANDER-Z risking life, limb, and traffic accidents by setting up their instruments (and crazy-ass alien costumes) in the middle of a busy Austin street; Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek performing as REFLECTION ETERNAL; the first performance by Fugees producer JOHN FORTE since his release from prison; and a bone-rattling as
By Carly Carioli  |  March 22, 2009

SXSW Day 2: Reflecting Eternally on a Night of Degeneracy

SXSW Day 2: Reflecting Eternally on a Night of Degeneracy


Imagine your favorite artist of all-time performing his or her best material that you’ve never seen live before. That’s what I got last night when Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek nearly tore through the entire Reflection Eternal disc, Train of Thought; I had more blood rushing through me than when I got my debut blow job back in eighth grade.


It was a long day before I got to Kweli at the Scoot Inn – and to the afterparty at the Red Bull Moon Tower in the middle of absolutely nowhere.
By Chris Faraone  |  March 20, 2009


Hope for the Nation

Pick up the latest issue of XXL magazine and flip to the "Show and Prove" section and you'll spot Providence hip-hop artist Jon Hope — and rightly so.
Jon Hope's Mass Appeal
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 25, 2009


Interview: Talib Kweli

If one hip-hop album crystallized the schism between underground authenticity and mainstream monotony, it was Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus).  
Black star
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 21, 2008

Getting it live

Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008

Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008

Moe Pope + Headnodic

Megaphone is my favorite murder-free rap album since Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek’s Train of Thought.
Megaphone | NatAural High/Koch
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008

The Roots | Rising Down

Def Jam
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 12, 2008



One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008

Peanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War

Stones Throw’s latest label comp, 2K8 , celebrates the indie hip-hop imprint’s deal with 2K8 Sports, who put out all those 2K video games for Xbox and PlayStation.
Stones throw
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 03, 2007

Staying alive

More than KRS-One, more than Jay-Z, and more than Talib Kweli, Little Brother have become the embodiment of everything hip-hop purists think the genre should be.
Little Brother fight for independence
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  November 27, 2007

Talib Kweli

Ear Drum doesn’t reach the highs of that far more ambitious and sprawling album, but it’s a welcome return to form.
Ear Drum | Warner Bros.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  August 20, 2007