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Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic | Crowne Royal

Fat Beats (2010)
From Freeway and Jake One to Ill Bill and DJ Muggs to Celph-Titled and Buckwild, 2010 was the year of the tag team.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2010


The caramel hangover of fake outrage

CREAMing our pants
CREAMing our pants
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 02, 2010


Alchemist + Oh No | Gutter Water

Decon (2010)
The debut of Alchemist and Oh No as Gangrene is like Indian-food flatulence that somehow smells delicious.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2010


Viral justice?

The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2010


Jeb Bush, savior of public education

Waiting for Kryptonite
Jeb Bush is a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2010


Edan brings beauty to the big screen

Be sure to munch that eighth of mushrooms in your sock drawer before heading to the Brattle Tuesday for the A/V ride of a lifetime.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2010


The Next Alcoholic Product To Get Banned In Mass

Meet the future Four Loko
So I'm in my corner bodega yesterday discussing the Four Loko phenomenon with the proprietor (who keeps me up on all the local booze trends), when I saw something even more interesting on a back shelf ...
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 22, 2010


Skipp Whitman | Skipp City

Self-released (2010)
I was hardly expecting one of the freshest rap discs this year to come out of Brookline.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 22, 2010


MuckRock City

How two local new-media junkies cut through the red tape and became First-Amendment superstars
Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler started their Web site,, as a hobby, and they set out to do something woefully esoteric.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 17, 2010


Prison Update: It's not getting any better

It's discouraging that conditions may have worsened in state prisons since the Phoenix published "Troubled Over Bridgewater" in September.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 10, 2010


Pigeon John is about to blow up the spot

Aerial bomber
Pigeon John is a black sheep among black sheep.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2010


Nottz | You Need This Music

Raw Koncept
Anyone who's heard a mainstream rap disc in the past decade may have noticed that, beyond the painful radio candy, cats like Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and even 50 Cent have a few hard-grinding tracks on which they open cans of kick-ass.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 09, 2010


Breaking bread with mixed nuts at Jon Stewart's rally to restore sanity

Meeting in the middle
When I finally awoke from the effects of a pre-flight spliff the size of a tampon, I was sprawled across Logan Airport's Terminal C with gum in my beard. A man in full Marine Corps sweat apparel was shaking my shoulder.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 03, 2010


Gold diggers: El Salvador vs. Pacific Rim Mining

Mine. Not yours.
If Chilean miners can maintain vast media attention for two months, then human-rights advocates may be in pole position to lure spotlights toward other underground issues below the border.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 27, 2010


The new Combat Zone?

The recent murders in Mattapan only hint at the problems that fester on and around Blue Hill Avenue
As such savage acts often do, the quadruple homicide in Mattapan this past month lured platoons of journalists to Boston's communities of color.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 20, 2010


Boston activists infiltrate bankers' convention

Foreclose on this
On Tuesday, I got a tip to tail a fleet of activists to the Hynes Convention Center while they infiltrated the American Bankers Association's Business Expo and Director's Forum.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 20, 2010


Review: Jackass 3D

A bittersweet reunion of the Wild Boys
If physical comedy's overriding purpose is to make fools laugh out loud, then the first two Jackass films should be regarded alongside Buster Keaton's slapstick classics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 20, 2010


Termanology and Statik take Lawtown national

Mass appeal
At a middle school in Roxbury last week, a teacher friend of mine, hardly expecting a landmark response, asked her students to list their favorite hip-hop artists. One brave young cat passed up Wayne and T-Pain to prop a home-town hero: "Termanology can take all those suckas."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 19, 2010


7L and Esoteric | 1212

Fly Casual (2010)
Ten years ago, my guess is that not even 7L and Esoteric could have imagined they'd go on to build one of the most reliable catalogues in indie-rap history.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 19, 2010


Waiting for Repo Man

The man behind Inside Job shows us just how low Wall Street has sunk
Inside Job , Charles Ferguson's newly released documentary, details with painful precision just how royally Wall Street screwed the planet.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 13, 2010


Review: Inside Job

The feel-bad movie of the year.
Although Inside Job is destined for Academy acclaim, it seems unlikely that anyone will actually enjoy Charles Ferguson's new documentary.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2011

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