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Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor

Lupo's, January 2, 2009
Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 12, 2009


Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 09, 2009


Just the 11 of us

The Macrotones find strength in numbers
De La Soul believe that three is the magic number. My college girlfriend thought it was 55, not counting guys she only blew.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009


Party like it's 1999

How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008


Search party

MBTA cops never stopped inspecting your bags
These days, the morning commute is hardly complete without a newspaper, coffee, and potential violation of one's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 31, 2008


This Far by Faith

Dorchester Peace Institute fights for its life...and wins
Though the timing was merely coincidental, it seemed extra harsh for Governor Deval Patrick to slash funding for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute right before Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2008


Broadcast dues

Wally Sparks cracks local rap with Heir 2 tha $treetz
Saturday night at Good Life, veteran hip-hop scenester Ricky Powell blessed a roomful of wide-eyes with his world-famous slide show, in which he flashed and joked about his pics of celebs ranging from Jam Master Jay to John Lee Hooker.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2008


They'd like to thank their producers...

Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
Selected winners of the Boston Music Awards
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2008


100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up

  Because There Was an Election
The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 12, 2008


Graffiti wars

Cops and taggers play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse
Even though he’s headed to prison, SPEK will still be visible in Massachusetts.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 12, 2008


Kid Sister | Dream Date

Downtown (2008)
It's lame to critique other critiques, but it was a bit much for Spin to bless Kid Sister's debut with four out of five stars.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 05, 2008


Radio days

Will C.’s beyond-fresh Down the Dial comp
Will C was born 20 years too late and four skin tones too light.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2008

The Chuck Turner conspiracy?

Unheard Voices
Sure, some news outlets have competently covered City Councilor Chuck Turner's recent arrest for allegedly accepting a cash bribe in exchange for a liquor license — and then lying about it.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 28, 2008


Starting from Scratch

The Upsetter screens at the Coolidge
If the hip-hop generation ever calls for martial law, the revolution will be sponsored by Scion. The rectangularly adventurous car company is our closest corporate ally, bankrolling a large segment of the low-slung-pants community, and providing the rest of us with sweet events that rarely dent the pocket.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008


Deck Demons

Slipwax, Illogix, Eliot Ness, and Emoh spin the night fantastic
Now that every annoyingly extroverted hipster dude and chick with implants, long legs, and Serato has a club residency downtown, it's become increasingly important for real hip-hop DJs to mix together.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008

Surly you jest

The other side of Big Shug’s game
 He might be the toughest veteran on Boston’s hip-hop scene, but Shug is a phenomenal dinner guest.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008


88-Keys | The Death of Adam

Decon (2008)
Kanye’s true genius has always been his leeching onto more talented beatmakers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 24, 2008


Millenium thug

Rough, rugged, raw reality rap essentials from a redefining year
Forgive me for listing only New York classics here.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 11, 2008


Joe the rapper

Joe Budden, Freeway, and the enduring authority of street rap
"One thing I've learned is that if you write about reality, you'll never run out of material."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 17, 2008


Sweatshop Union | Water Street

Look (2008)
Sometimes the greatest discs are the ones you least expect.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2008


McCain in the membrane

The Maverick-iest candidate has hip-hop support from R.A. the Rugged Man
Four tracks into his Monday Monster Jam performance, Brooklyn rap czar Jay-Z stops the music and points to a freeze-frame image of George W. Bush on the titanic screen above the TD Banknorth Garden stage.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 03, 2008

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