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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".


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


Wednesday, October 13 2010

¡Mayday!: Stuck on an Island

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


Sunday, September 26 2010

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.


Sunday, September 19 2010

Various Artists: Ninja Tune XX

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


Wednesday, August 18 2010

Hip-Hop Storytellers: The Heist Motif

Bluster and bravado are considered par for the course in hip-hop, but rappers adopt cunning personas to tell stories of money, power, and respect.


Wednesday, July 21 2010

Hip-Hop Storytellers: The Vignette

"That story is over, but my rhyme ain't done." Vignettes are important tools in hip-hop's rich and plentiful storytelling tradition.


Monday, June 21 2010

The Roots Picnic: 5 June 2010 - Philadelphia

The music at the Roots Picnic was loud, crisp, engaging and diverse. With the inclement weather holding off, all the elements successfully blended to create a great outing. The wide range of musicians demonstrated why the Roots are more than a crew but rather Philadelphia’s finest musical family.


Tuesday, June 15 2010

We Don’t Die, We Multiply: R&B Posse Tracks

Take Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You", a steamy tale of a mistress longing for romantic bliss with a married man, and imagine how it might play out with a multi-perspective delivery.


Idris Goodwin: Break Beat Poems

A promising lyrical effort, but ill-fitting production undermines a potentially perfect delivery.


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Fear of a Rap Parody (Columns) [17.May.10]
Coolzey: The Honey (Capsule Reviews) [1.Feb.10]
Raekwon: 15 December 2009 - Washington D.C. (Notes from the Road) [17.Dec.09]
Why won’t rappers rap about marriage? (Sources Say) [16.Nov.09]
Kosha Dillz: Beverly Dillz (Capsule Reviews) [12.Nov.09]
Soulico: Exotic on the Speaker (Reviews) [1.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]
The Black List: Vol. 2 (Reviews) [26.Feb.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]
Azeem: Air Cartoons (Reviews) [12.Aug.08]
Dame Grease: Goon Musik (Capsule Reviews) [3.Aug.08]
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