Dan Leroy

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  • 5 years ago | Music News

    For a primer on the power of golden-age hip-hop, meet Chicago's Cool Kids, exhibit A. The signifiers are everywhere you listen. There's the Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys" starter cap, lovingly described in the opening bars of "Black Mags." There's a ...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    To be a successful critic is to be a contrarian. When you're handed a story line by a publicist or manager, you're skeptical, and you immediately look for weaknesses in the story you're being sold. So it was with the massively hyped September 11 r...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Who was the first well-educated white smartass who realized the comic potential of hip-hop? No one knows for sure, but the prank-filled legacies of the Beastie Boys and the Bloodhound Gang are in good hands with MC Lars, a California native who us...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    It was, according to no less an authority than the New York Times, the year rap went regional. There was plenty of recent evidence to support this claim, beginning with the suddenly paltry record sales racked up by some of hip-hop's heaviest weigh...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Tha Doggfather does much more than just show up on his eighth solo outing, though the same can't be said for Pharrell and R. Kelly, who once again lather the tracks with squishy R&B. On "Vato," a refreshing and rather startling chunk of low-rider ...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    It was inevitable that crunk would spawn its own subgenres, and you can go ahead and pencil in Atlanta's Dem Franchize Boyz atop the nascent "snap music" movement. Their main competition is D4L, which proved that less really can be less on the rid...

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