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Dan Nishimoto
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Nishimoto has written features for Wax Poetics, Paste, Venus and, liner notes for Tuff City funk reissues, and more than his allowable share of forgetable book reports. When he’s not DJing weddings, working on his footwork, balancing budgets, shaking hands or kissing babies, you can catch the kid blahgging at sintalentos. He also detests bios and lists. Wait a second…


Wednesday, May 17 2006

If You Hear Any Noise...: An Interview with Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys take you to the stage with their concert film Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!.

Wednesday, February 15 2006

Future Funk Soldier: Looking Back on Jay Dee by Looking Forward

Though many of his production techniques had been innovated by other producers, Dilla arranged them in a new fashion and took them to a logical extreme. In a sense, he helped bridge hip-hop's transition from Pete Rock, Prince Paul and Premier to Pharrell and Timbaland.

Tuesday, November 15 2005

Blackalicious: Good Black Music Since 1987

Nearly 20 years later, Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab continue to spark the fire.

Monday, October 3 2005

There Is None Higher

Snap your fingers and clap your hands and say, 'Run-DMC is the King of All Bands!' Reissue of the group's first four lets new jacks catch up while old timers reflect.

Wednesday, July 27 2005

Tuesdays with Annie

Her story is readymade fable, but she's just plain ol' Annie.


Sunday, November 2 2008

Electoral Relaxation: The Myth of the Hip-Hop Achilles Heel

Either Obama's "hip-hop candidacy" makes him appeal to a heretofore disaffected and/or untapped voting bloc, thereby legitimizing his claim as a candidate of hope and change; or this unwelcome connection to a controversial art is a liability.

Sunday, August 10 2008

Back in the Day

Heat and beats make for a good combination. No surprise then that most of my memorable experiences related to hip-hop happened during the summer.

Wednesday, June 4 2008

Yes We Can Can

The recent "censure" of The Boondocks demonstrates the difficulty art faces in raising a critical converation in a corporate setting. Considering hip-hop's deep embedding into corporate culture, how can radical change happen?

Monday, March 31 2008

It Ain't No Joke

Hip-hop, like most other arts, intentionally pays humor less mind because, hey, it's not supposed to be taken seriously! But seriously.

Monday, February 4 2008

Burning Down the House

A pack and purge process got Nishimoto to thinking about Jay Electronica, who may be the M.I.A. that hip-hop has been waiting for.


Thursday, January 31 2008

Windimoto: The Travels of Windimoto

Thursday, July 19 2007

La Jetee / Sans Soleil (1962)

The persistence and permutation of memory (or the truth about cats, blondes, Hitchcock, video games, and the post-apocalypse) -- what more would you expect from Chris Marker's entry into the Criterion Collection?

Wednesday, July 18 2007

Practical Research Methods for Media and Cultural Studies by Máire Messenger Davies and Nick Mo

I majored in history, but failed math: strongly agree, strongly disagree, or I don't remember. If you chose the first option, continue reading.

Wednesday, July 11 2007

The Electric Prunes: Release of an Oath

It took a village to raise the Electric Prunes to both its highest and lowest.

Thursday, May 17 2007

Betty Davis: Betty Davis / They Say I'm Different

Funk's first feminist Betty Davis resurfaces.

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