James Mayo

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  • 6 years ago | Concert Reviews

    Rock the Bells 2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday, August 6, 2009 Better than: ringtone rap, anything associated with Auto-Tune or listening to the self-proclaimed newly anointed "King of Pop," Kanye West, talk about himself endlessly. Since 200...

  • 6 years ago | Profiles

    Much has been written about the Game's dysfunctional past. He grew up in a Santana Blocc Crip neighborhood in Compton, and his mother was affiliated with the Crips. After his sister accused his father of sexually molesting her, the family was spli...

  • 6 years ago | Music News

    At 29, the Game (aka Jayceon Terrell Taylor) is a battle-scarred vet. After getting shot five times in 2001, he recuperated by studying the styles of rap's finest and coming up with a West Coast meets East Coast flow that attracted the attention o...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Rakim is among the most universally revered MCs. Growing up in Long Island, the self-described microphone fiend teamed up with Eric Barrier to form Eric B & Rakim, one of the most formidable duos in hip-hop history. In 1987, the group dropped the ...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    In the late '90s, after a mutual friend was murdered, MC Vursatyl (aka Marlon Irving) and producer/MC Jumbo the Garbageman (aka Solomon David) formed a group called Lifesavas to honor his memory. Portland audiences quickly embraced the duo, but it...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    On his latest effort, Hip-Hop Is Dead, Nas performs an autopsy on rap's corpse, and the results are ugly: Toothless rap pioneers-turned-crackheads and one-hit wonders who have no sense of history populate hip-hop's wasteland. By contemplating the ...