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[phlipcam video + review] Young Jeezy + Freddie Gibbs @ the House of Blues
Guilty pleasures are a pain in my ass. Not necessarily my adoration for said pleasures. They wouldn't be labeled such if I didn't love them....
Michael C. Walsh
| August 10, 2011
Billboard's Rap Songs chart
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
| July 02, 2010
B. Dolan | Fallen House, Sunken City
Although I've always found B. Dolan to be one of hip-hop's mightiest politically charged performers, his disc-length poetic pieces have confused (and even bored) the piss out of me.
Strange Famous (2010)
| February 26, 2010
The Big Hurt: Pratt falls
Spencer Pratt, one of the vacuous props on MTV's realityesque moron drama The Hills , has his beady eyes set on a rap career.
Plus Ringo shills, Yanni sucks
| June 12, 2009
The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.
In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
| January 26, 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
We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 24, 2008
Review: Akon | Freedom
Back in April 2007, R&B singer and rapper Akon dry-humped a 15-year-old girl on stage, an incident that led to some overblown criticism in the conservative media.
Droppin', poppin', etc.
| December 15, 2008
Young Jeezy | The Recession
Remember, Jeezy disdains rappers, just like the teen movie anti-hero who decries the phoniness of movie stars.
| September 10, 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
It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
| March 25, 2008
The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
| December 26, 2007
From ’Ye to mixtapes
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
Crank that, techie
In the summer of 2006, DeAndre Way, then 16, combated summer boredom in Batesville, Mississippi, by writing songs with Fruity Loops digital-audio software.
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| October 12, 2007
Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself shouting, “Rewind Selektah!”
The offical summer hip-hop remixes
| August 28, 2007
Maybe he should spend less time spelling out his name.
From Nothin' to Somethin' | Def Jam
| July 17, 2007
Dead, or immortal?
When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
| January 24, 2007
Fourth quarter starters
It’s become one of those odd traditions without rhyme or reason that December, a month that never used to be a big time for big releases, is now a hip-hop time of year almost every year.
Nas & Jay, Ghostface, and Jeezy bring December heat
| December 27, 2006
In anything resembling a normal world, Young Jeezy would be absurd, a caricature of a stereotype turned into a cartoon.
The Inspiration | Def Jam
| December 19, 2006
Forward into the past!
Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
| September 14, 2006
The street scene
Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps
The magic of the mixtape
| August 22, 2006
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