Articles tagged hip-hop

16 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Kill The Record Labels

The words of people like DJ Lazy K, a grateful and hardworking mixtape creator, illustrate how well underground hip-hop is doing, if the RIAA would just leave them alone.

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It Ain’t Hard to Tell: The Legacy of ‘Illmatic’

The "half-man, half-amazin'", Nas' persona is part myth and part "everyday kid" from the Queensbridge projects.

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11 Jun 2009 // 9:56 PM

Potluck: Pipe Dreams

Why so serious? Have a grab bag of weed, love, politics, and laughter.

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Big Quarters: From the Home of Brown Babies & White Mothers

An excellent album from the state of Minnesota and a shrewd hip-hop duo.

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The cell phone company found the biggest, blackest group of loud bling-wearing, “wife-beater and jeans” thugs in American hip-hop to rock the crowd in order

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9 Feb 2009 // 3:30 AM

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.

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2 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

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.

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29 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

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.

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28 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Moka Only: Carrots and Eggs

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

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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 // 4:35 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 // 9:57 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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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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2 Sep 2008 // 10:57 PM

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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