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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.


Thursday, February 26 2009

The Black List: Vol. 2

The sheer beauty of the images creates its own sort of narrative, a visual demonstration of The Black List's original impetus to recover the typically "negative" denomination of the "black list" and reframe it as positive and inspiring.


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

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

Moka Only: Carrots and Eggs

Moka Only, aka Mr. Prolific, never stops recording. And hopefully, if this album is any indication, he never will.


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Dame Grease: Goon Musik (Capsule Reviews) [3.Aug.08]
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Yes We Can Can (Columns) [4.Jun.08]
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