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Thursday, August 27 2009

Robert Glasper Loves the Groove

On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.


Sunday, August 16 2009

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.


Sunday, July 19 2009

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.


Thursday, June 11 2009

Potluck: Pipe Dreams

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


Thursday, May 28 2009

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

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


Monday, March 9 2009

Jodeci Videos Are Insane: “Forever My Lady” Vs. “Feenin’”

The '90s R&B video went to some weird places and Jodeci embody both the weirdness, both on the sensitive and the thug sides.


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

Needles in the Haystack

To supplement our list of favorite 25 singles, we offer a quick look at a handful of under-appreciated gems in the Motown catalog.


What It Was Like (Features) [29.Jan.09]
Sweatshop Union: Water Street (Capsule Reviews) [29.Jan.09]
Moka Only: Carrots and Eggs (Capsule Reviews) [28.Jan.09]
Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead (Features) [26.Jan.09]
Manufacturing Motown (Features) [26.Jan.09]
Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog (Reviews) [19.Jan.09]
Ave.To: Three Way Intersection (Capsule Reviews) [2.Nov.08]
Khia: Nasti Muzik (Reviews) [5.Oct.08]
KRS-One: Maximum Strength 2008 (Reviews) [16.Sep.08]
Ise Lyfe: Prince Cometh (Reviews) [15.Sep.08]
Tanya Morgan: The Bridge EP (Capsule Reviews) [2.Sep.08]
Azeem: Air Cartoons (Reviews) [12.Aug.08]
Dame Grease: Goon Musik (Capsule Reviews) [3.Aug.08]
Yes We Can Can (Columns) [4.Jun.08]
Foxy Brown: Brooklyn’s Don Diva (Reviews) [21.May.08]
Rocko: Self-Made (Reviews) [16.Apr.08]
ScholarMan: Soul Purpose (Reviews) [26.Mar.08]
Erykah Badu: New Amerykah (Reviews) [13.Mar.08]
Kool G. Rap: Half a Klip (Capsule Reviews) [2.Mar.08]
Red Chicago by Randi Storch (Reviews) [25.Feb.08]
Musab: Slicks Box (Capsule Reviews) [15.Oct.07]
Theory Hazit: Extra Credit (Reviews) [11.Oct.07]
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