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Rebirth of a prince

Digging RZA in 36 steps
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008


Backed the f*** up

‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008


Reks in effect

Lawtown MC bounces back
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2008


Fakts One

Long Range | Greenstreets
Fakts never built a repertoire deep enough to secure his own specific sound, but on Long Range he proves he can dip into a variety of styles and cater tracks around any MC’s individual tastes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008


Here we go, yo

Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008


Gift rap

Edu Leedz blows out the candles
Boston hip-hop promoter Edu Leedz celebrated his 29th birthday in carnal mediæval-king fashion. The only thing missing was a three-pound turkey leg for Leedz to gnaw on.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2008


Future classic

Here, sit down and check out Moe Pope
No problem — your crib was on the way to the racetrack anyway. We’ll be able to meet Erik at the Hot Dog Safari in 20 minutes if the traffic holds up.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 01, 2008


Bigmouth strikes again

Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008


Talk the talk

A local hip-hop critic puts his money where his mouth is
Music critics can’t win.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2008



Hub-hop courtesy of Brick Records
Building with Bricks Volume 3, the double-disc anthology that drops this week, features a spread of classic material and glimpses into the future of Beantown’s reigning rap regime.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2008


Wu where?

Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Tommy Doyle’s
To be among 100-plus heads who rhyme along when the song asks “Remember when we licked the cream out of Suzy Qs?” induces straight-up euphoria.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 02, 2008


Qwel and Kip Killagain

The New Wine | Galapagos 4
Not only does he have that Midwestern Ewok look, but the Chicago rhyme icon Qwel  is also the most linguistically developed cat in modern hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 03, 2008



MC Braille at the Undergroundhiphop.Com Store, May 11, 2008
Only the blessed shall see him.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2008


All together now

A Boston Unity Fest sampler
Most Boston rappers who are talented enough to succeed beyond the Bean have been collaborating for a minute.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008


The accidental gangsta

Elemental Zazen has been through some shit
Elemental Zazen wears Sauconies on stage and has “World Peace” tattoo’d on his forearm.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2008


Moe Pope + Headnodic

Megaphone | NatAural High/Koch
Megaphone is my favorite murder-free rap album since Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek’s Train of Thought.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008


Calling for back-up

Slick Rick gets fly with a little help from his friends
Of all the tumult and talent swinging through town in 2006, I cherish most my memories of Audible Mainframe backing Slick Rick at Harpers Ferry.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2008


In with the in crowd

LA’s Time Machine lose the zeros
I knew a girl named Juliette who moved to Queens in her junior year of high school.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2008


Esoteric vs. Japan

Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo | Fly Casual
Anyone who considers Kanye West a genius for sampling generic Billboard toppers should be enamored of Esoteric’s second solo disc in two years.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2010
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