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Review: Dashah | Rap Burglar 2.5

Ill Insanity/Redline
Dashah is the sort of artist who inspires wack rappers to retire early.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2009


Head of heads

Edu Leedz wraps up Boston hip-hop with Mass Movementz
Edu Leedz wraps up Boston hip-hop with Mass Movementz
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 18, 2009


P.O.S. | Never Better

Rhymesayers (2009)
P.O.S. must have known he had a near-classic on his claws with Never Better .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 18, 2009


Hitting the brakes

With Boston public schools facing a $107 million budget gap, busing is once again in the crosshairs
The last time that “busing” was a buzzword around Boston, John Havlicek and Jo Jo White were the only ebony-and-ivory cronies shooting hoops in harmony.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 13, 2009


You're Probably in a Drug-Free School Zone Right Now

For all the good it does
Ever seen a crack dealer brandish a chrome tape measure and inch his way out of a "drug-free school zone" before slinging fat rocks to pregnant teenage mothers? No?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2009


Mass Movements | The Album

Leedz Edutainment/Traffic (2009)
Imagine if you scouted Boston's pre-eminent hip-hop artists — from the grimiest coke-slinging corner cats to the roughest coke-sniffing bar rats — and teamed them up with virtually every underground MC who's made noise in the past three years.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2009


Cornball bliss

The Roots and Antibalas, live at the Roxy, January 29, 2009
Not until entering the Roxy a week ago Thursday did I comprehend what a normal kid feels the first time he sees a big-league ballpark.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 04, 2009


Aztech | Reel Drama Presents: The Dusty Stereo

Self-released (2009)
Self-released (2009)
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2009


Word to the mother

Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 02, 2009


Question 2 backlash heats up

Rolling the Genie Back in the Bag
Since Question 2 was activated on January 2, it's been difficult to walk the streets of Massachusetts without encountering red-eyed hordes of marijuana-blazing vagrants.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2009


Rakim: Return of the King

Harpers Ferry, January 17, 2009
As long as the Microsoft linguists who're responsible for updating Word are adding "Barack" and "Obama" to the spell-check dictionary, they should throw in "Rakim."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 27, 2009


The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.

Hardcore heroes
In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2009


Final Marinate at the Milky Way

We out
As we've been reporting for months now, the Milky Way isn't closing, it's moving into swank new digs just a few blocks from its longstanding Jamaica Plain nook.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009


Review: Oak Lonetree, Lava + 2

Molten flow
Oak Lonetree hemorrhages more discs than Kool Keith — which, for those who don't know, is a bootyload.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009


An abridged history of the Roots' collabs

Tangled up
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009


The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash

How ?uest got his groove back
We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009


Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council

Clown committee
In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 14, 2009


Review: Notorious

Romanticized, but well executed
To its fault and its credit, George Tillman Jr.'s bio-pic offers a life story that fans of late MC extraordinaire Chris Wallace, a/k/a Biggie Smalls, a/k/a the Notorious B.I.G., have known for years.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 13, 2009


Review: The Roots of Hip-Hop

Harte (2009)
Everybody wants to claim hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 19, 2009


Start Snitching

Wilkerson, Murray, and just about everyone else forever hold their peace
There's a new theater in the multilateral conflict spurred by bribery charges leveled against former state senator Dianne Wilkerson.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2009


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

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