De La Soul

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    October 15, 2013

    The ten best family-friendly rap albums

    Although lot of rap these days is riddled with violence, misogyny and profanity, there's still plenty of clean rhymes out there to be rocked by the entire family, should you be so inclined. And it all comes worry-free of the ill-effect it might have on impressionable minds, and some of it even ranks ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Mac Miller talks about building his fanbase organically by focusing on making dope music

    While conventional wisdom would have Mac Miller parlaying his "brand" to create a line of energy drinks, or headphones, or body spray, Mac Miller doesn't have any such agenda. There's no master plan in place to create multiple revenue streams. Instead, his focus is simply on making dope music with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Comedian Rusty Z discusses his history in hypnotism -- and puts me under

    Comedian Rusty Z has hypnotized tens of thousands of people over the last fifteen years. So when I was talking to him about his Comedy Works South shows this weekend and then asked him to hypnotize me, it was nothing out of the ordinary. For him, at least. I had never been hypnotized before. And wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Ten rappers and the artistic movements they exemplify

    Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    New shows: Lotus three nights at Boulder Theater, Crystal Castles at the Gothic and more

    A perennial favorite in Colorado, Lotus is making its way back to the Centennial state for a trio of shows at the Boulder Theater, while Crystal Castles is set to return for a date at the Gothic Theatre and Anthrax tops the Metal Alliance tour, a stacked bill at the Summit Music Hall this April that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Del The Funky Homosapien on putting more thought into the lyrics for Deltron's new album

    Twelve years in the making, the sequel to Deltron 3030 has attained mythical stature in many underground hip hop circles. The original -- a turn-of-the-millenium sci-fi concept record that sprang from the collaboration of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala -- balanced a dark, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, a show at the Paramount Theatre featuring Puscifer was announced, along with a Kulwicki Twins Foundation benefit at the Bluebird Theater in January being headlined by Mudhoney and The Fluid. On local radio specialty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Del the Funky Homosapien on the things lacking in hip-hop today, Gorillaz and cassette tapes

    ​ If you ever get the chance to speak with Del the Funky Homosapien, your first thought will most likely be something like this: "Wow! He is one quiet, enigmatic dude." However, as you'll discover, once he opens up, he is a wealth of information. Embarking on his twentieth year as an artist, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later

    ​ The hip-hop purists among us are very familiar with the story and legacy of James Dewitt Yancy, better known as J. Dilla. Having come up in the hip-hop underground scene in Detroit and later emerging as one of the most influential producers in hip-hop, it was Dilla's death at the height of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Owen Ashworth on his background, his songs and inspiration

    Hannah Persson​ Casiotone For the Painfully Alone started out in 1997 as a solo project for songwriter Owen Ashworth. Initially using just a keyboard and a basic drum machine, Ashworth challenged himself to make the most of minimal elements. The result has been a body of work that not only sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Freeway and Jake One at the Bluebird

    Rachel Romero​ Freeway & Jake One • Mane Rok 07.22.10 | Bluebird Theater The evening began with a soulful performance by longtime LIFE Crew ambassadors, Mane Rok and DJ Tense, who performed tracks off of Mane's first solo effort, The Ugly Truth, as well as a few throwback tracks from his e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ LARGECHILD

    Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    About Last Night: De La Soul at the Bluebird

    ​Last night, Doug Beam caught the De La Soul show at the Bluebird. After the jump, we've posted a few choice shots from the night. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Motorhead, Black Crowes, Butthole Surfers shows announced

    When Motorhead rocked the Fillmore Auditorium last September, Lemmy and crew had the Misfits in tow. When the band hits the venue again on Saturday, September 26 the metal legends will co-headline with Reverend Horton Heat, and Nashville Pussy gets things warmed up. The Black Crowes also return the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Q&A with DJ A-What from the Pirate Signal

    Because of his outsized persona, Yonnas Abraham is the face that most people generally associate with the Pirate Signal. If you look over dude's shoulder, though, there's another cat that cuts an equally impressive figure in his own right on the ones and twos. That distinguished chap's name? Alejand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Atmosphere, Bat for Lashes, Brad Paisley shows announced

    After a killer two-night stint at the Ogden Theatre last year, the hip-hop duo Atmosphere returns will return to these parts Friday, August 15, when the pair headlines Red Rocks. The British group Bat For Lashes, who mezmorized folks at the Larimer Lounge in 2007, will play the Bluebird this time ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Live Review: Mr. DIbbs & Rob Diktum

    Photo: Tom Murphy Calm Calm, Reflect June, Tullie, Ancient Mith and Mr. Dibbs & Rob Viktum Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Fox Theatre Better Than: A mainstream hip-hop show. I’m pretty sure I got to the show on time and Calm opened their set with one of their best songs – “Ginger’s Drumming Wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    The Rap-Up: Apostle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def, Beyonce

    In the fall of 2006, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. - aka Jeff Campbell -- left Denver for San Francisco with his crew, Heavyweight Dub Champion, with hopes of making a bigger splash outside the Mile High City. Fast forward to spring 2008, Apostle is no longer working with Heavyweight Dub Champion and released his ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    November 22, 2007

    Buck 65

    This Halifax rapper left his heart in Colorado.

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    April 16, 2007

    Spearheaded Movement

    The sun was shining and the weather was sweet -- and Michael Franti's Bob Marley quotes didn't stop with the weather when he and Spearhead took the stage at Copper Mountain on Saturday for the final of three free concert weekends, part of the resort’s season ending Sunsation festivities. Franti ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2005
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    April 7, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Low Budget Soul makes local hip-hop sound like a million bucks.

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Hacked Off

    Bubbling beneath the sweet-sounding hill music of the Hackensaw Boys is a wellspring of political discontent.

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    White Riot

    Jewish potty-mouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Air Apparent

    Atmosphere's Slug celebrates the good, the bad and the Ugly.

  • Music

    August 30, 2001

    Hit Pick


  • Music

    March 15, 2001

    Ace in the Hole

    Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Don Is Breaking

    With a new full-length album and his own record label, Denver rapper Don Blas is lighting up the local hip-hop scene.

  • Culture

    July 27, 2000

    Porn to Sell

    Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Word of the Pharoahe

    Pharoahe Monch thinks better hip-hop doesn't have to be a drag.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    January 21, 1999

    Bumming Around

    DJ Chonz is bringing his Radio Bums concept to tape decks and computers near you.

  • Music

    November 19, 1998

    Two for the Future

    To hip-hop's OutKast and Black Eyed Peas, the glass is half full.

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    April 23, 1998
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    March 5, 1998
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    November 13, 1997
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    November 6, 1997

    United They Stand

    Three locals are using the media to put Colorado hip-hop on the map.

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    April 17, 1997
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    January 2, 1997

    Get Local

    Begin 1997 with the ten best Colorado CDs of 1996.

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    December 12, 1996

    Christmas Seasoning

    Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.

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    July 25, 1996
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    June 20, 1996
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    February 29, 1996
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    February 29, 1996
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