Eric B. & Rakim

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    November 5, 2013

    Claude VonStroke: "If you just try to do what everyone else is doing, that never works out"

    Experimental house-music label Dirtybird has become a force to be reckoned with over the past couple of years, taking over entire stages at festivals and consistently showcasing what's coming up next in the realm of house -- even, some might argue, setting those trends before they become trendy. And ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    The ten best rap producers of all time

    Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    The ten greatest West Coast rappers of all time

    West Coast rap is sometimes disparaged by hip-hop purists for it's perceived lack of lyricism and substance, but what it lacks in lyrical acrobatics and "message," it more than makes up for in personality. Whether the aesthetic is raw and violent or chill and relaxed, the sentiment comes through equ ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett, the Cure nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    ​Guns N' Roses, who announced last week that it would be coming to Denver (but no venue or date has been confirmed yet), is among the fifteen acts nominated, along with the Cure, Joan Jett, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Donovan, Erik B & Rakim and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for the Rock and Roll Hal ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Top five Yo! MTV Raps videos and moments

    ​As you know, MTV turned thirty this week, and man, oh man, what a three decades it's been. No matter who you are, or what side of the music spectrum you represent, the influence of Music Television on popular culture cannot be denied. This is true especially in the development of the hip-hop ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Dual release party at Cervantes' tonight featuring A.V.I.U.S., Mane Rok and Es-Nine

    Tonight at Cervantes' A.V.I.U.S. is releasing his sophomore solo effort, For Better or Worse, in a dual release party with Mane Rok and Es-Nine, who are dropping En Stereo -- a tribute to the deejay and MC collaboration. We already gave you a sneak peek of A.V.I.U.S.'s new joint, now we've got an ex ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Bobby C Sound TV on drinking too much tequila in Mexico and why Britney Spears is the last thing any DJ should play

    ​ 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 the ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Jukebox Effect

    I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they w ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008
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    May 21, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: The Cool Kids, Scarlett Johansson, The Myriad, The Ting Tings

    The Cool Kids The Bake Sale Chocolate Industries 01:05-01:50 of “What Up Man” Don’t get me wrong, I believe that hip-hop, like every other genre, has a lot of elbow room to explore and expand styles – but, well, this just isn’t there yet. I see that the Cool Kids are trying really hard to ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008
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    December 4, 2007

    Last Night ... Eyedea and Abilities, Sector 7G, Abzorbr, and Maneline @ The Marquee Theatre

    Eyedea and Abilities with Sector 7G, Abzorbr, and Maneline December 3, 2007 Marquee Theatre Independent hip-hop, like all indie music, usually falls into one of two categories: Talented, boundary-pushing, cultishly adored stalwarts occupy one corner; wanky, pretentious, self-satisfied duesh bags cl ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007


    This revered hip-hop framer isn't crazy about the state of the game.

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    March 15, 2007


    After conquering the Great White North, this Canadian MC has his sites set on America.

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    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

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    June 23, 2005
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    October 28, 2004


    Eyedea & Abilities tries to live up to its potential as it strives to push hip-hop forward.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    Crunked Up

    Beneath his deranged exterior, Lil Jon is a man with a plan.

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    July 24, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Four elements make one movement.

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    June 19, 2003
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    February 20, 2003

    Slave New World

    Tom Morello's advice about Audioslave? Don't believe the hype.

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    April 25, 2002

    Dolemite Makes Right

    Rudy Ray Moore, the self-described King of Party Records, is looking for a little respect.

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    February 1, 2001

    Rage Against the Machine

    Renegades (Epic)

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    May 11, 2000

    Combination Platter

    Amon Tobin mixes hip-hop and drum and bass with all that future jazz.

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    March 4, 1999
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    February 4, 1999
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    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

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    December 10, 1998
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    August 13, 1998

    The Spice of Life

    Scary, Sporty, Posh and Baby may not mean jack to you--but the little girls understand.

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    April 23, 1998

    Spin City

    A look at Den One, Denver's least likely regular hip-hop party.

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    December 18, 1997

    After Further Review

    Putting the season's major releases to the test.

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    December 5, 1996