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Britney Spears and Michael Jackson fight it out
Cue up track six on the new Britney (Jive) and prepare yourself for the Technicolor disco flash-back of the year, swooning string section, chunky Nile Rodgers guitar riff, and all. The song's called "Anticipating," and it captures the most famous 19-yea
| July 03, 2009
Better than Madonna
Everybody dug Confessions on a Dance Floor , but I’m one of approximately 12 people who liked American Life , Madonna’s weirdly militant 2003 disc.
Pop stars with product to move
| April 22, 2008
Jay-Z’s new album shares its title with the new Ridley Scott film about Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
Jay-Z ties his fortunes to American Gangster
| November 14, 2007
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
Slim Thug Presents Boss Hogg Outlawz
Crew records are notoriously awful endeavors.
Serve and Collect | Koch
| April 10, 2007
The guy builds songs.
Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
| April 09, 2007
Bay Area beats
Although Oakland’s hyphy movement got its name from a bastardization of the word “hyper,” at this point that could just as easily stand for “hype.”
Is hyphy hip-hop’s next big thing?
| February 19, 2007
It’s a testament to the strength of hip-hop, as the medium enters its third decade, that 2006 would see such a wide range of sounds so well represented, from commercial anthems to abstract beat tapes.
A year in hip-hop
| December 19, 2006
That Snoop has made his best album since 1993’s Doggystyle is a painful reminder that the hip-hop ambassador has spent the majority of his career coasting.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment | Geffen
| December 11, 2006
Larger than life
Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
| December 06, 2006
Pop goes a Neptune
Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
| August 24, 2006
Tear the club up
"What Samir and I bring to the table is that we were both coming from a real street hip-hop sentiment," says LaCrate, "and that’s where club in its origin came from. As much as it may have been comprised of rave breaks, there was nothing rave – I always
How Baltimore and Aaron LaCrate are going to save club music
| August 22, 2006
Her new third album, Loose , celebrates the emancipation of Nelly Furtado.
Nelly Furtado gets promiscuous with Timbaland
| June 24, 2006
Nelly Furtado’s not the first pop diva to embark on a lucrative hip-hop detour.
Hip-hopped-up hits from Deborah Harry to Gwen Stefani
| June 20, 2006
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