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Local journalist and acclaimed hip-hop scribe Andrew Martin has corralled a flavorful roster of Rhody-based rap talent on the Ocean State Sampler , 10 exclusive tracks available for free download.
Andrew Martin serves up fresh Ocean State Sampler
| January 01, 2010
They get ill
Jocko Henderson, Lady B, Schoolly D, Jazzy Jeff, and The Roots
Five Philly rap essentials
| May 29, 2009
An abridged history of the Roots' collabs
| January 20, 2009
Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz instructed me to meet him at a barren studio beneath a highway overpass in South Philly, where they were at work on their latest, A History of Violence (now out on Babygrande).
In the studio with Jedi Mind Tricks
| October 21, 2008
In an era when the major labels ignore just about everybody without a nickname that rhymes with “sleazy,” it was no small feat for Wale to land a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year.
Hip-hop’s heads go on Wale watch
| July 21, 2008
The Roots | Rising Down
| May 12, 2008
P at least belongs in rap’s upper echelon.
Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) | Koch
| February 19, 2008
As with so many other figures in pop music, death has been good to hip-hop producer and MC J Dilla.
A posthumous look at a hip-hop great
| April 09, 2007
Keepin' it real
As I was walking up to Avalon a week ago Tuesday to see the Roots, a group of college kids crossed the street in front of me sporting backwards hats and puffy vests.
The Roots, Avalon, March 13, 2007
| March 19, 2007
No success like failure
The wild, idle guessing game over the Roots’ Game Theory and OutKast’s Idlewild is finished.
The Roots and OutKast step into the future
| October 03, 2006
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
| March 10, 2006
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