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When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
| June 25, 2010
It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
| March 26, 2010
25 Hip-Hop acts to see at SXSW 2010
As usual, I've got you covered.
The best boom-bap on tap in Austin
| March 12, 2010
2009: The year in jazz
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about in 2009.
In and out
| December 25, 2009
Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
| November 20, 2009
Interview: Warren G
Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
| October 30, 2009
More than guitar
"I like using songs to change the environment — to get the listener's ear to be a little skewed."
Julian Lage's talent isn't just in his fingers
| September 11, 2009
Magical mystery tour
Last Friday, I hopped over a guardrail, skirted the manicured lawn of a Providence golf course, scampered into trees, and clutched a rope (conveniently tied to a nearby tree) as I gingerly stepped down a slippery dirt slope toward Michael Bizon's secre
Michael Bizon's 'Cypheromantic' at 5 Traverse
| August 28, 2009
You Might Know Dawaun Parker Better Than You Think
| May 15, 2009
"The rise to the top is the best part," says Natalie Portman's Shaved Head multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Price. "That's what Tupac said in the Biggie movie."
The glistening pleasures of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| April 17, 2009
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
| April 17, 2009
Slideshow: Shepard Fairey, ''Supply and Demand''
Obey Giant Art
At the ICA, February 6 through August 16, 2009
| February 10, 2009
To its fault and its credit, George Tillman Jr.'s bio-pic offers a life story that fans of late MC extraordinaire Chris Wallace, a/k/a Biggie Smalls, a/k/a the Notorious B.I.G., have known for years.
Romanticized, but well executed
| January 13, 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
Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
| December 23, 2008
Norman Mailer’s ‘White Negro’ gets the treatment
Long before suburban kids began digging Dr. Dre and Tupac, an earlier generation of young white people venerated the jazz and swing music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.
| October 15, 2008
13 shots to the dome
What to do with LL Cool J?
The 10 hours and 29 minutes of LL Cool J’s career
| September 02, 2008
That’ll learn ya
In eighth grade, I decided that school and hip-hop should exist separately.
Kabir schools other MCs, little kids
| August 26, 2008
Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 23, 2008
The Big Hurt: Winners and losers
Jay-Z's headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival June 28 has been the stuff of much controversy, with various artists weighing in on his suitability to the event.
A hip-hop scorecard
| July 07, 2008
A night in Guantánamo
I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
| June 11, 2008
The accidental gangsta
Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
| May 19, 2008
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
| April 22, 2008
Publish and Perish?
Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
| February 28, 2008
Learning to fly
“I look at the picture,” Coppin tells me, “and what I think of is how Africa has been picked clean by European colonialism.”
Kerry Stuart Coppin’s images of Africa and beyond
| October 09, 2007
War of the words
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
50 Cent versus Kanye West
| September 12, 2007
Deal me in
In fact, let's just talk about one card in particular.
| July 25, 2007
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
People have been lamenting the media’s coverage of anti–Iraq War activism for about as long as people have been opposing the Iraq War.
Memo to the anti-war movement: don’t blame the media
| March 30, 2007
Dark days for history
Once again, it’s February. The shortest month of the year, our coldest stretch of weather and, hold on, it’s Black History Month, too.
| February 07, 2007
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