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Monday, March 7 2011

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here

The sly luxury of the xx's debut is present here, but it’s fortified by a full-bodied, slo-mo, nigh-on-backwards, skank.


Thursday, March 3 2011

Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

Despite his frequent outings for someone who’s barely 20, nothing could have prepared Nicolas Jaar’s admirers or the general listening public for what he's done on Space Is Only Noise.


Thursday, February 17 2011

Ghostpoet: Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam

This is a crucial rap album that deals with, at least in part, the fall-out of the global markets and what that means to both the person on the street and the average suburban dweller.


Thursday, February 10 2011

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em: The DeAndre Way

Believe it or not, Soulja Boy released a good album. Well, half of one anyway. It's a start.


Monday, February 7 2011

Kaigen21Meiso: Root Is the New Leaf

Superfast is the new quick. This duo parties in rapid fire with mixed results.


Thursday, February 3 2011

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.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

Shunda K: I Am Da Best

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


Monday, January 3 2011

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.


Wednesday, November 17 2010

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.


Thursday, October 14 2010

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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Idris Goodwin: Break Beat Poems (Capsule Reviews) [15.Jun.10]
Amp Live: Murder at the Discotech (Reviews) [14.Jun.10]
Fear of a Rap Parody (Columns) [17.May.10]
Coolzey: The Honey (Capsule Reviews) [1.Feb.10]
Why won’t rappers rap about marriage? (Sources Say) [16.Nov.09]
Kosha Dillz: Beverly Dillz (Capsule Reviews) [12.Nov.09]
Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Reviews) [29.Oct.09]
Twista: Category F5 (Reviews) [26.Oct.09]
The Messengers (Columns) [11.Oct.09]
Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon (Columns) [28.Sep.09]
Robert Glasper Loves the Groove (Features) [27.Aug.09]
Kill The Record Labels (Reviews) [16.Aug.09]
Potluck: Pipe Dreams (Capsule Reviews) [11.Jun.09]
Watching Rap (Features) [9.Feb.09]
Concert Overload (Columns) [2.Feb.09]
Sweatshop Union: Water Street (Capsule Reviews) [29.Jan.09]
Moka Only: Carrots and Eggs (Capsule Reviews) [28.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]
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