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Rolling Rally

It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
Make the most of your freedom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011
[awesome video alert] Frankensteez - "Skeleton Key" (Plus: "Mister Jason Has A Posse" Download and 12")

[awesome video alert] Frankensteez - "Skeleton Key" (Plus: "Mister Jason Has A Posse" Download and 12")


So I've ate, shit, and slept with Mister Jason's Frankensteez project for nearly six days now, and it's rewind-button-city-all-day. Despite having disappeared from the recording...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 27, 2011
The Stories Behind DJ Deadeye’s “Substance Abuse”

The Stories Behind DJ Deadeye’s “Substance Abuse”


DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it's quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 29, 2011

[phlipcam video] Reks album release party @ the Middle East


Last Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher Wallace. You may have come to this realization through the litany of Biggie quotables...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  March 14, 2011
FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Singapore Kane - "The Wrath of Kane"!!!

FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Singapore Kane - "The Wrath of Kane"!!!


At long last, Mattapan master Singapore Kane has blessed us with another mixtape, this one even more anticipated than the last few. Kane's star has...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 07, 2011
Overdue Disc Review: Masstapeace - "Time 2 Make Music"

Overdue Disc Review: Masstapeace - "Time 2 Make Music"


I've been putting off writing up this album for a few weeks, during which time I've spun through it a few dozen times in my...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 25, 2011


Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download

Exclusive: The Story Behind Slaine's “The Devil Never Dies”, Plus FREE Mixtape Download


The hard-partying, harder-working Slaine has never been more exhausted than he was this Monday. It's no wonder; he'd been draining booze and hibernating in his...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 27, 2010
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Termanology and Statik take Lawtown national

At a middle school in Roxbury last week, a teacher friend of mine, hardly expecting a landmark response, asked her students to list their favorite hip-hop artists. One brave young cat passed up Wayne and T-Pain to prop a home-town hero: "Termanology ca
Mass appeal
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010
Guru tribute at the Middle East downstairs

Guru tribute at the Middle East downstairs


The Phoenix paid tribute to the late great Roxbury-born rapper Guru (and Gang Starr) with a cover story this past week, and now it's time...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010

Big Pooh with Termanology and Problemaddicts at Port City Music Hall


Part of the North Carolina rap group Little Brother, hip-hopper Big Pooh headlines a triple-bill at Port City Music Hall with Termanology and Boston's Problemaddicts....
By webteam  |  February 24, 2010
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Two great flavors

"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


Those drums and wires

Makeupbreakup + Jon Hope + more
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 29, 2010
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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
Year-End Boston Rap Round-Up, Plus 5 Local Hip-Hop Happenings that we Stupidly Missed in 2009

Year-End Boston Rap Round-Up, Plus 5 Local Hip-Hop Happenings that we Stupidly Missed in 2009


  It’s amazing how much hate mail I receive accusing me of ignoring local artists. Most hilarious is this ass on Facebook who recently bitched...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 17, 2009
Mike Cann: "Top 5 20th MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally Weekend Songs"

Mike Cann: "Top 5 20th MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally Weekend Songs"


1. Termanology, "How We Rock" [Youtube link]2. Prospect Hill, "Break Down" [Youtube link]3. Graveyard BBQ, "BBQ Nation" [Youtube link]4. Keep Me Conscious, "Thicker Than Blood"...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 15, 2009
Special Big Shug Performance Sunday Night at Wally's

Special Big Shug Performance Sunday Night at Wally's


All we really know is that Gang Starr Foundation legend Big Shug will be rocking with a jazz band at Wally's Cafe this Sunday (8/16)...
By Chris Faraone  |  August 14, 2009


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Fresh Lobsters bring the crowds

Stinking junkies weren't the only ones sleeping on Harvard Square sidewalks this past week. More than 300 sneaker heads queued outside of street-shoe mecca Concepts, on Brattle Street, for five days and nights in anticipation of last Saturday's release
Shoe Fly Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 26, 2009
Boston Hip-Hop Disc and Mixtape Round-Up #1 (with mad audio and FREE downloads)

Boston Hip-Hop Disc and Mixtape Round-Up #1 (with mad audio and FREE downloads)


My editor and I recently had a chat about how indie-rock bands and underground rappers approach guerilla marketing in drastically different ways. Mostly, we discussed how hip- hop artists turn the sidewalk outside every venue into Times Square circa 1985, and how their rock- and- roll contemporaries — on the opposite end of the promotion spectrum —fancy themselves too cool to work street corners passing out promos.

 

Basically I’m saying that I have way more rap discs to write about than I have time (or space). So until the Phoenix brass determines that Bay State boom bap is more important than my other assignments regarding drastic budget cuts and such, I can b
By Chris Faraone  |  June 18, 2009

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Due Dilla-gence

Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 30, 2009
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Mass Movements | The Album

Imagine if you scouted Boston's pre-eminent hip-hop artists — from the grimiest coke-slinging corner cats to the roughest coke-sniffing bar rats — and teamed them up with virtually every underground MC who's made noise in the past three years.
Leedz Edutainment/Traffic (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 09, 2009
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Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008


VIDEO: Termanology and Big Digits at Boston Music Awards


In case you missed Faraone's next-day recap of last week's BMA's, we're dropping the highlights of t...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 12, 2008
Official Dispatch from the 2008 Boston Music Awards [VIDEO]

Official Dispatch from the 2008 Boston Music Awards [VIDEO]


  The Subaru limousine – which I assume belongs to Ernie Boch, Jr. (nominee: Outstanding Bl...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 08, 2008
Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day

Hooray I'm On My Way To CMJ For Just One Day


I’m not packing clothes for this year’s CMJ Marathon in New York City. In fact, I’m not even br...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 20, 2008
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Termanology | Politics As Usual

This one should be considered a “How To” manual for regional rap stars who are poised to detonate worldwide.  
 Nature Sounds (2008)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2008