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Monday, February 9 2009

Watching Rap

Somewhat lost in the glamour of fame, money, and recognition that typifies hip-hop success is the fact that "all eyes on me" includes the police and the feds. Yet surveillance of rappers is very real, and the result is a strange case of artists hiding in public.


Monday, February 2 2009

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.


Thursday, January 29 2009

Sweatshop Union: Water Street

These are the words of the street, not those trying only to milk it for profit, and they will survive the collective's move from Vancouver to San Francisco.


Wednesday, January 28 2009

Moka Only: Carrots and Eggs

Moka Only, aka Mr. Prolific, never stops recording. And hopefully, if this album is any indication, he never will.


Tuesday, January 27 2009

These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound’s Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.


Tuesday, January 20 2009

Is Obama’s presidency the change hip-hop needs?


Monday, January 19 2009

Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog

Legendary Cypress Hill veteran goes solo with bouncy beats and streetwise lingo.


Friday, November 14 2008

Will Obama’s victory force hip-hop to change its tune?


Sunday, November 2 2008

Ave.To: Three Way Intersection

A hip-hop record bolstered by a plethora of live instrumentation shouldn't be this forgettable, but there is real promise here that you don't have to try to hear.


Sunday, October 5 2008

Khia: Nasti Muzik

If there's an album that can mark a new era for women in hip-hop, this isn't the one.


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Kool G. Rap: Half a Klip (Capsule Reviews) [2.Mar.08]
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Prince Ali: Curb Side Service (Capsule Reviews) [11.Oct.07]
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