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Review: Lottery Ticket

New Friday movie is almost two-dimensional
Erik White's film stars Bow Wow as a nice project kid fresh out of high school who hits the jackpot and must dodge trifling neighbors before he can cash in his $350 million ticket.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2010

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Ill Vibe and Ordeal | Michael Jackson's Milk

Bandcamp.com (2010)
I'll probably get crucified for saying this, but I like the deep underground more now than when I was pretending to dig Fantastic Damage .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 18, 2010

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Kooks on classics

Out of Tune Dept.
It turns out that some local LaRouchies have talents beyond a knack for public harassment
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 16, 2010

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BUMP up the volume

City Hall Plaza all the rage for 10,000 revelers
Local opener M-Dot got arrested on some bullshit for scuffling with state troopers at last Saturday’s Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) festival on City Hall Plaza.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 10, 2010

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Still Public Enemy #1

Twenty years after Black Planet, Chuck D continues to fight the powers that be
Don't call it a comeback tour. Or a Public Enemy reunion. Even if you snoozed on their last few discs and festival romps across five continents, Chuck D and Flavor Flav have perpetually marched forth in raucous righteousness.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010

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Fat Joe | The Dark Side

E1 (2010)
Along with Nas, Busta Rhymes, and a few chosen others, Fat Joe belongs to an exclusive cadre of MCs who sustain foundation and commercial relevance.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 04, 2010



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Flow of fresh air

MC Jaysaun catches his own Breath
Three years ago, Jaysaun, Slaine, and Edo G released an album and a statement with their Special Teamz debut, Stereotypes .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 31, 2010

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Rakaa | Crown of Thorns

Decon (2010)
And suddenly it dawned on me: if rappers didn't hastily release every track they record, there would be a lot fewer shitty hip-hop discs and a lot more crown victories like Rakaa's solo debut.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2010

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Moe Pope | Life After God

Brick (2010)
Rain had one fuck of a task on his hands.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 20, 2010

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Review: Winnebago Man (2009)

Ben Steinbauer and Jack Rebney make their pitch
Twenty summers ago, in the deep sweat of nowhere Iowa, a hired crew set out to film the lamest sort of low-budget sales video imaginable. But what could have been a mundane if not suicidal assignment spun into accidental comedy, as the star of the infomercial, ex-network news producer turned industrial thespian Jack Rebney, allowed his physical and occupational discomfort to get the best of him.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 20, 2010

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Review: Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

Alexander Zaitchik methodically unravels Glenn Beck's Christmas sweater
Common Nonsense effectively and in detail confirms what thinking folks already knew but may have had difficulty explaining: Beck, equal parts Mormon and moron, is a towering ignoramus and a shameless bigot.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2010



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Static at BNN

Boston's community cable channel is awash in political intrigue and infighting, raising some questions: who is responsible to whom, and for what?
The bigwigs at Boston Neighborhood Network, the city's grassroots, community cable-access television operation, were so confident of their reputation that last year they decided to parlay BNN's 25th anniversary into a major fundraiser.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2010

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Hip-hop's royal gains

Prince Paul's got perspective
It's a typically dope thing about hip-hop that one of its foremost architects — an old- and true-school icon who nurtured acts like De La Soul, cut the genre's standard bearer for concept albums, and, for better or worse, produced boom-bap's first comic interlude — will be manhandling the DJ booth at Good Life this Saturday at Fresh Produce's fourth anniversary party.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2010

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Ceschi | The One Man Band Broke Up

Fake Four (2010)
Every half-decade, there comes a new rap label that keeps me from abandoning the genre altogether.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 13, 2010

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Eternia and Moss | At Last

Fat Beats (2010)
At Last should finally cast the long-dominant Eternia into the undisputed top spot on the female MC food chain. But the Toronto-bred MC's sex appeal is secondary.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 07, 2010

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Samsonite man

Fashawn's traveling hip-hop circus
By his 20th birthday, two years ago, Fresno rhyme prodigy Fashawn didn't just have evidence that he would dent the rap establishment.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 06, 2010



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All in the Fam

The Fameless crew spice up the underground
Halfway through my interview with the Allston-based alt-hop collective Fameless Fam about their upcoming showcase at Wonder Bar this Tuesday, Will from the posse's glitch-minded duo Time Crisis mentions that he went to high school in Pittsburgh with rising rap sensation Wiz Khalifa.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 02, 2010

Super Chron Flight Brothers | Cape Verde

Backwoodz Studioz (2010)
You can't just commandeer a Super Chron hovercraft and expect to understand New York's Flight Brothers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 02, 2010

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Riot squads

While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 28, 2010

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Mr. Patrick Goes to Franklin Park

'Deval in the 'Hood' Dept.
As Deval Patrick engaged constituents at the third annual 10,000 Strong Boston barbecue in Franklin Park on Father's Day, it was clear that his support from black voters doesn't derive solely from the luster of his climb from Chicago's hardscrabble streets to the top spot on the Beacon Hill food chain.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2010

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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


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