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Review: Fresh Daily | The Gorgeous Killer in Crimes of Passion

High Water Music (2009)
Despite yielding at least half of contemporary hip-hop's subterranean and major-label kingpins, the New York underground is often overlooked when it comes time to dole out props.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2009

Photos: Eek-a-Mouse at the Middle East Downstairs

Eek-a-Mouse, live at the Middle East Downstairs, July 23, 2009
Eek-a-Mouse, live at the Middle East Downstairs, July 23, 2009
By DAVID F. NICHOLSON  |  July 28, 2009

Trife Diesel | Better Late Than Never

Trife da Label (2009)
For anyone who best understands things in white suburban terms, hip-hop is similar to lacrosse.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2009

Will C | Evil in the Mirror

Brick (2009)
The old adage that says "if you want to work in television, you should start by mopping floors at NBC" is usually bullshit.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2009

Fightin’ words

Blaq Poet wants to battle
Rudy Giuliani ran his city the way a bachelor does his pad — shoving clutter and disaster out of sight while showcasing redeeming qualities.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 30, 2009

Sleep | Hesitation Wounds

Strange Famous (2009)
On the subterranean-rap-hustle manifesto "Get It," from his new Hesitation Wounds, Portland (Oregon) MC Sleep rhymes, "I'll murder a set. . . . I'm kind of a big deal, you just ain't heard of me yet."
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 16, 2009

DJ Quik and Kurupt | BlaQKout

Mad Science (2009)
LA hip-hop has two threads, and DJ Quik pulls both of them. The first is g-funk, a production style that relies on deep, open grooves and an endless parade of funk samples.
By RICHARD BECK  |  June 15, 2009

The Narcicyst | Self-titled

Paranoid Arab Boy (2009)
I doubted that Montreal-based Iraqi MC Narcicyst would ever drop a more potent project than the 2004 Euphrates masterpiece Stereotypes Incorporated .
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 09, 2009

Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.

Universal Motown (2009)
Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 02, 2009

Old gold

The Dunnas and Wasted Talent are in it for life
If everybody else can be a Toys "R" Us kid until he or she qualifies for discount coffee, why the hell should rappers have to grow up?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 05, 2009

Busdriver | Jhelli Beam

Anti- (2009)
For a guy whose layered rhymes are less accessible than Hilary Duff's muff, Busdriver designs relatively people-friendly hip-hop.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 02, 2009

Marco Polo and Torae | Double Barrel

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down has reached beyond its Brooklyn-grounded rap roots in recent years, signing such acts as Kidz in the Hall and Boston's Special Teamz.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2009

Review: Atmosphere at House of Blues

Game changer
There are two things about Atmosphere MC Slug that provoke endless fury in linguistically thugged-out Internet rap snobs everywhere.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009

He shall overcome

Amadeus the Stampede keeps on pushing
There’s nothing lamer than articles that lead with cheap metaphors inspired by an artist’s stage name. But I can’t avoid this one: when Amadeus the Stampede rushes, get the fuck out of the way.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2009

He's not a doctor . . .

. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon, Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 18, 2009

Tanya Morgan | Brooklynati

Interdependent (2009)
Von Pea, Donwill, and Ilyas must have a master plan.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2009

Slideshow: Breakonomics 2009 at MIT

Dancers battle it out for cash prizes during Breakonomics 2009 at MIT's La Sala de Puerto Rico, April 25, 2009
Breakers, popper, and housers get on the good foot at MIT's student center
By ALEXANDER HSU  |  April 29, 2009

Magic man

Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 15, 2009

Clik tracks

Buckshot and Black Moon get live
Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2009

Due Dilla-gence

Termanology bestows belated props on Jay Dee
Extraordinarily missed Detroit beat stylist J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) was righteously benevolent.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 31, 2009

From your biggest fan

An open letter to Canibus (sans Dido interludes)
I e-mailed but you're still not calling. (I left my cell, my office, and my home number at the bottom.) You must not have got 'em; there must have been a problem with your servers or something.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 19, 2009

Slideshow: House of Pain at the Roxy

House of Pain, live at the Roxy, March 17, 2009
House of Pain come back from the dead at the Roxy on St. Patty's Day
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  March 19, 2009

Brother Ali | The Truth Is Here

Rhymesayers (2009)
My "greatest rapper" list reads differently from most. Ghostface Killah resides at the zenith, beside Rakim's throne, and Minneapolis truth agent Brother Ali.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 17, 2009

Slideshow: Tricky at the Roxy

Photos of Tricky, live at the Roxy, on March 11, 2009
Tricky, live at the Roxy, on March 11, 2009.
By CONNOR GLEASON  |  March 16, 2009

Cheer of a black planet

Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009

Slideshow: Common and Kid Cudi at House of Blues

Common performs at the House of Blues in Boston on March 9, 2009.
Live at House of Blues, Boston.  
By ERIC BAUMANN  |  March 10, 2009

Keelay & Zaire | Ridin' High

MM (2009)
Keelay and Zaire's tracks bounce lovelier than Joe Budden's girlfriend on that trampoline.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009

Slideshow: Joe Budden at Middle East Downstairs

Joe Budden, live at the Middle East Downstairs, March 5, 2009
At the Middle East Downstairs
By BRYAN MASTERGEORGE  |  March 09, 2009

The Big Hurt: We floss econo

Cleaning up rap's act could equal big savings
You might recall a slew of ominous articles in 2007 proclaiming that hip-hop was through. Sales were way down, and the culprits were clear: jewelry, violence, and naughty dancing.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 11, 2009

Beef stakes

Joe Budden, live at the Middle East Downstairs, March 5, 2009
In quality, record sales, and image, hip-hop has taken a savage beating in the past half-decade.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009

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