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Hip-Hop Misogyny: It Ain’t What It Used To Be
I haven’t come hereto academically justify West Coast credos about assimilating hoes into housewives. Instead I’ve come to mourn the commercialization of misogynistic rap lyrics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 23, 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


Jews and Latinos get cozy

While US Senate Republicans dropped politically prudent bombshells on Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court–nomination hearings this week, watchdogs from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Latino Professional Network (LPN) kept extra close ears on rage speech bubbling through conservative media channels.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2009


The Search for America's Biggest A-Hole

Grossest casting couch in History Dept.
This week in Boston, Spike TV held auditions for its new sub-low-culture program, America's Biggest Asshole . You're right — all reality show tryouts are essentially auditions for America's Biggest Asshole, but this one is transparently egregious, as if the NHL re-named hockey "Kill the Man with the Puck."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2009


Review: The Windmill Movie

In which we learn that rich people are as fucked up as the rest of us
If his own bitchy WASP mother didn't give a damn about him, why would anybody else care to watch the unfinished documentary that Dick Rogers struggled with for decades before his 2001 passing?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2009


Review: Soul Power

Leftover footage from When We Were Kings yields a doc that's anything but trash
Concert flicks are quite different from deliberately political documentaries. In the latter, the perception that filmmakers are too intimate with their subjects can reek of propaganda.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 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


Chief roca

Jay-Z at Mohegan Sun, July 10, 2009
For imposter pimps in top hats, frighteningly dumb suburban barbarians, and hypocritical hip-hop frauds like me, Jay-Z's Mohegan Sun show this past Friday was a gala shindig complete with pre-and-after-party gambling and boozing.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2009


A long time comin'

La Coka Nostra's been prepping this debut for a minute
Says Slaine, "When I get high I want to get higher, and when I get low I just want to get lower. I can't seem to find that place in the middle."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009


Review: Throw Down Your Heart

Magical mystery tour
Hip-hop, funk, and jazz artists are not the only cats who trace creative roots to Africa. So do such banjo-plucking white boys as Béla Fleck.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 08, 2009


Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes

Anti- (2009)
I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 07, 2009

Raw brah

Why you need to shut up about Asher Roth
"My experience in college was that blunts started killing my lungs. I had to switch to joints. I mean, I was smoking like five or six blunts a day."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009


The other white beat

Four random caucasian MCs better than Asher Roth
In the home of Slaine, Esoteric, Sullee, Bomshot, Lyrical, and about 10,000 other pale MCs who can hang with brothers of all shades and styles, the notion of prolific whiteboys is hardly novel.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 07, 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


Fresh Lobsters bring the crowds

Shoe Fly Dept.
Stinking junkies weren't the only ones sleeping on Harvard Square sidewalks this past week. More than 300 sneaker heads queued outside of street-shoe mecca Concepts, on Brattle Street, for five days and nights in anticipation of last Saturday's release of the world's only 260 pairs of Nike Blue Lobster SB Dunks.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2009


Awol One + Factor | Owl Hours

Fake Four/Shape Shifters (2009)
Fake Four/Shape Shifters (2009)
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 23, 2009


The other river rave

Soul Clap and Marz bring life to the banks
When heads deserted the Chinatown-warehouse rave scene in the late '90s, the house loyalists from Soul Clap and Marz Entertainment were still cracking glow sticks.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 16, 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


Free and easy

10 cash-free ways to make summer not suck
With a beach season approaching in which most people will be squeezing quarters till the eagles fart, it's fair enough to ask aloud, "Is this going to be the worst summer ever ?"
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 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


Blank slates splattered with neon

Santigold, Amanda Blank at the House of Blues
I’m not sure what kind of set list Santigold brought, but I’m guessing that she scrapped it after the crowd remained limp three tracks in.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 03, 2009

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