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Kings of Queens

Why Mobb Deep are still the fittest
When it comes to legendary hip-hop duos, Southerners salute UGK and OutKast, whereas nostalgic heads anoint EPMD, and eclectic contrarians endorse Organized Konfusion.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 26, 2010


Dubb Sicks | Lifestyles Of The Sick And Fameless

Backyard Recordings (2010)
Dubb Sicks makes no secret of his white-trash roots.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2010


Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

Sheds a sad light on Prop 8
While we were getting decriminalized weed in Massachusetts, a large segment of the population was reeling from the devastating passage of Proposition 8 in California.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 18, 2010


Vinnie Paz | Season of the Assassin + Reef the Lost Cauze vs. Guns-N-Butter | Fight Music

Enemy Soil (2010)
We all needed a break from Jedi Mind Tricks — you, me, gay-rights activists, and even Stoupe and Vinnie Paz.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 16, 2010


Rest in Beats, T Banga

Let the tributes begin
This past Sunday, the Bean rap scene lost one of its most enthusiastic supporters and most hard-working executive producers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2010


Boston pols bail on Bank of America

Locovore Banking Dept.
In this time of political stridency, where everything is either red or blue, Boston City Councilors have found a potential purple issue that everyone can stand behind, be they radical lefties or Fox News worshippers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 14, 2010


The Battle of Mission Hill

Town-versus-gown tempers are boiling over near the Northeastern campus, as residents charge the giant school with 'death by incrementalism'
Oftentimes, inner-city dwellers who have to routinely phone police about disorderly neighbors fear retribution from gangbangers or drug dealers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 15, 2010


Factor | Lawson Graham

Fake Four (2010)
Factor done cut himself a damn classic, and his whole Fake Four clan hitched along for the ride.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 01, 2010


Fill your Cup

 No matter whose side you’re on, there’s a spot to quench your World Cup thirst
Your chance has finally come to endure a month-long booze-and-soccer bender.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2010


Pressing Obama for an answer

Inside Job Dept.
Convicted murderer Darrell Jones has accomplished more in the worlds of media, entertainment, and activism from behind bars over the past 25 years than most free people do in a lifetime.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2010


Mr. Incongeniality

Bomshot makes a better MC than neighbor
The night before this interview, Bomshot pulled what might go down as the most boneheaded stunt in Boston hip-hop history when, in the middle of a crowded Slaine and Ill Bill show at Harpers Ferry, he attempted to cheap-shot the former from behind.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 26, 2010


Homeboy Sandman | The Good Sun

High Water Music (2010)
If you’re not listening to Homeboy Sandman, you may be missing the most stylistically agile MC ever to spit. And if you don’t cop his official debut, then you’re depriving yourself of an album that’s worthy of more superlatives than could possibly fit in this or any other review space.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 26, 2010


Guru's guru

How a mysterious Svengali dominated the final days of the Boston-born hip-hop and jazz superstar
When the Roxbury-born rapper Guru passed away April 19 in a hospital bed — succumbing to cancer at the age of 48 — the internationally renowned musician had not seen most of his lifelong friends and relatives in seven years.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010


Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 24, 2010


Review: Casino Jack And The United States Of Money

Peering into evil conservative souls
Had someone fire-bombed an annual college-Republicans meeting in the early 1980, he would have spared this country a lot of pain and strife.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2010


Various Artists | A Boston State Of Mind Volume 2

Commonwealth (2010)
Every night, when I get home from reporting facts, I poison the Internet with innuendo on a Boston-based hip-hop blog called
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 19, 2010


Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010

For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2010


Dese | Dese Be With You

Cursed Out (2010)
Before Sam Adams, sleazy Boston co-eds relied on the Camp to get their panties moist.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 17, 2010


US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

Props-aganda Dept.
This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 13, 2010


Hearing voices

Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder in his book How To Wreck a Nice Beach
Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010


Cross Town Traffic at the Wilbur

Too Black, Too Strong Dept.
When bespectacled alt-comic icon David Cross paid a visit to the Wilbur Theatre last October, he giddily tore Boston “a new asshole” — but, hey, at least he was kind enough to have “stitched that new asshole up with jokes.”
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2010

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