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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

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?


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

Yesterday’s Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.


What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.


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Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog (Reviews) [19.Jan.09]
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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]
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