Articles tagged hip-hop

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.

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20 Jan 2009 // 3:35 AM

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

President Barack Obama will have his hands full dealing with the economic downturn, the Gaza Strip conflict, terrorist threats in Afghanistan and any number of

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Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog

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

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

Barack Obama was in his last year of high school in 1979 when hip-hop broke out of the ghettos of New York on its way to

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2 Nov 2008 // 8:57 PM

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.

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5 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

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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The Nightmare and the Dream by Dax-Devlon Ross

Author Dax-Devlon Ross reminds us that the personal is -- still -- political. And music is terribly personal.

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KRS-One: Maximum Strength 2008

Maybe surprises are overrated. You can probably guess KRS-One's subject matter before he delivers it, but his overall consistency is enviable.

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15 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Ise Lyfe: Prince Cometh

One small step for Ise Lyfe might one day mean one large leap for hip-hop.

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The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed

Happy and healthy aren't really adjectives normally associated with Mike Skinner's output as the Streets thus far, and perhaps that's enough to make Everything Is Borrowed worth a listen.

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Tanya Morgan: The Bridge EP

Is it possible that hip-hop's best female emcee is: (a) fictional, and (b) not a woman but really a crew of three male emcees?

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Hip-Hop Groups

Group identification creates interesting scenarios within hip-hop culture, from the formation and maintenance of group identity to the difficulties of promoting the lyrical skills of a group's various members.

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K’naan: The Dusty Foot Philosopher

In a market dominated by criminal sociopaths, this Somali-Canadian refugee rapper took the road less traveled.

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12 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Azeem: Air Cartoons

Experiments are good for hip-hop. Sometimes the success is in the attempt.

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3 Aug 2008 // 9:58 PM

Dame Grease: Goon Musik

The solo debut from DMX's beatsmith ends up being messy rather than dirty.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

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?

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Foxy Brown: Brooklyn’s Don Diva

The good news? Foxy Brown is back! The not-so-good news? The homecoming party isn't as hot as it should be.

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The blockbuster Jay-Z/Mary J. Blige tour shows off hip-hop’s savvy showbiz evolution

Hip-hop had a problem. By the early 1990s, the style born in the Bronx had become a bona fide national phenomenon, a cultural force with

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16 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Rocko: Self-Made

Cash, expensive clothes, cars for each day of the week. Wanna see how it's done? Watch him "do him".

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Hip-hop’s Cuban connection: ‘El Proyecto’ parley offers lectures, music and films

From its modest roots in the South Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop culture has become an international, multi-billion-dollar phenomenon. Originally a tool for social expression,

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'Day of Anger' Is a Spaghetti Western Oedipus

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"Like the best spaghetti westerns, Day of Anger injects social commentary into its flashy widescreen vistas and ear-catching music.

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