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Soulico: Exotic on the Speaker

Deftly incorporates a multitude of rhythmic structures and vocal styles that are distinctly Middle Eastern, hip-hop, or, as the case may be, both.

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29 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty

If Hello Nasty seems less unusual than it did on its appearance in 1998, its inventiveness should not be overlooked.

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26 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

Twista: Category F5

Twista can slice and dice words like a razor-sharp Ginsu knife. But F5 finds him getting twisted by the torque of his own tornado.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Meshell Ndegeocello

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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11 Oct 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

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28 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon

We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.

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Robert Glasper Loves the Groove

On the eve of his third Blue Note release, Double Booked, jazz pianist Robert Glasper discusses his stylistic bifurcation, MC skills, and -- inevitably -- Michael Jackson's legacy.

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16 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

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.

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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.

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11 Jun 2009 // 9:56 PM

Potluck: Pipe Dreams

Why so serious? Have a grab bag of weed, love, politics, and laughter.

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Big Quarters: From the Home of Brown Babies & White Mothers

An excellent album from the state of Minnesota and a shrewd hip-hop duo.

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26 Feb 2009 // 3:27 AM

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.

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The cell phone company found the biggest, blackest group of loud bling-wearing, “wife-beater and jeans” thugs in American hip-hop to rock the crowd in order

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9 Feb 2009 // 3:30 AM

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.

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2 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

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.

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29 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

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.

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28 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

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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These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound’s Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.

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20 Jan 2009 // 4:35 AM

Is Obama’s presidency the change hip-hop needs?

President Barack Obama will have his hands full dealing with the economic downturn, the Gaza Strip conflict, terrorist threats in Afghanistan and any number of

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Sen Dog: Diary of a Mad Dog

Legendary Cypress Hill veteran goes solo with bouncy beats and streetwise lingo.

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