Monday, March 7 2011
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
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
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
Believe it or not, Soulja Boy released a good album. Well, half of one anyway. It's a start.
Monday, February 7 2011
Superfast is the new quick. This duo parties in rapid fire with mixed results.
Thursday, February 3 2011
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
Female emcee goes for self with a provocative mix of spirituality and female empowerment.
Monday, January 3 2011
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
What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.
Thursday, October 14 2010
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".