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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.


Monday, June 14 2010

Amp Live: Murder at the Discotech

With a strong lineup of guests and a bounty of ideas, this DJ's solo effort should be a sure-fire winner. His experimentation lays a foundation for the future.


Tuesday, June 8 2010

Pursuit Grooves: Fox Trot Mannerisms

Pursuit Grooves (aka Vanese Smith) attempts to channel Badu-esque soul with after-hours electro. File Under: Music for Muscle Relaxants.


Monday, May 17 2010

Fear of a Rap Parody

Underrated in the annals of hip-hop cinema, Rusty Cundieff's Fear of a Black Hat is biting and unflinching, and forces hip-hop fans to stare soberly at the culture's flaws and to revisit their own reasons for loving the music.


Wednesday, April 14 2010

The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").


Monday, March 29 2010

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.


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]
RZA as Bobby Digital: Digi Snacks (Reviews) [14.Jul.08]
Yes We Can Can (Columns) [4.Jun.08]
Foxy Brown: Brooklyn’s Don Diva (Reviews) [21.May.08]
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