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Walk This Way: The Commodification of Hip-Hop

Now here's a little story, we've got to tell, about the business of hip-hop, you know so well. It started way back in history, from Alexander Hamilton down to Jay-Z.

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2 Feb 2011 // 9:56 PM

Shunda K: I Am Da Best

Female emcee goes for self with a provocative mix of spirituality and female empowerment.

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The Spares: Everything Is Easy

Chicago-based Americana duo simultaneously succeed gloriously and fail miserably.

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Deciphering the Jay-Z Code

He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.

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Soulive: 19 November 2010 - Chicago

Soulive is amongst the best live bands currently on tour. If they stop by your town do yourself a favor and catch their spirit.

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Hip-Hop’s Laboratory of Language

What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.

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Jónsi: 3 November 2010 - Chicago

Simply put, the show is the greatest 80-minute dream you will ever have. The evening transcends a mere rock show and proves to be a complete audio and visual experience which will leave you in complete and utter awe.

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Calvin Richardson: America’s Most Wanted

With America's Most Wanted Calvin Richardson shows that, five albums into a very strong career, he is really hitting his stride.

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X Japan: 6 October 2010 - Chicago

With the repeated chanting of "We are! X!," a promise to return to Chicago as they have not tried our pizza yet, and a stage dive from Yoshiki, X Japan was gone as quickly as they had arrived on our scene.

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Garage A Trois: 16 September 2010 - Chicago

Within their two hour set, the quartet toyed with the outer limits of jazz, funk, rock, hip hop, punk and heavy metal.

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Their Mics Still Sound Nice: BET Puts Ladies First

Do women rappers have to shake it in our faces in order to get us to listen? As this doc. notes some, like Salt 'N' Pepa do it with sassiness and sex appeal "...you know, if I was a book, I would sell / 'cause every curve on my body got a story to tell".

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14 Oct 2010 // 9:56 PM

Bei Maejor: Upside Down

Upside Down is a free mixtape with just enough high-quality music to pique your interest in the budding career of Bei Maejor

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The National: 26 September 2010 - Chicago

Many high-profile acts have failed to fill the Riviera Theatre during recent summer shows, however The National, New York's indie quintet, had no problem in doing so recently.

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¡Mayday!: Stuck on an Island

In which we enumerate those aspects of hip-hop band ¡Mayday! that are really, really annoying.

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Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago X’

If it were possible to both love a song for its beauty and hate it for its oversaturation and slushiness at the same time, “If You Leave Me Now” would be Exhibit A.

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Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago Transit Authority’

In 1969, 'Chicago Transit Authority' was a cutting edge album and, in some ways, Chicago, the band, would never be so unpredictable, so vibrant, and so passionate than they are here.

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Keeping It Real: Dreams, Mind-Alteration, & Misperception in Hip-Hop

Hip-hop has been engaged in an ongoing tension between fantasy and reality, art and artifice but rappers, like all good artists, sometimes have to lie in order to tell the truth.

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Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX

Outside the Ninja Tune "sound" is where the real treats of these compilations lie.

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Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago VII’

Chicago VII is a crucial addition to Chicago's catalogue, despite its commercial overture. It was the sound of a band exploring their origins through the inclusion of jazz-like pieces, while simultaneously refining their pop sound to a polished sheen.

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15 Sep 2010 // 9:58 PM

Angel Eyes: Midwestern

Rumbling doom-grind-thrash from America's heartland.

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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