• Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The ten best mixtapes DJs of all time

    Over the last decade or so, mixtapes have revolutionized the rap game and altered how marketing in general is approached. Not only have the rappers received substantial acclaim, but the DJs have realized just as much stardom. Although there are numerous DJs -- guys like Statik Selektah, Trap-A-Holic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

    Ah, yes, what a, uh, super weekend we have on tap. Welcome! You made it! Not only is the big game going down, but the weather is supposed to be favorable with a high in the fifties and there is an abundance of music to look forward to -- so much so, in fact, that we've expanded our picks this week t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 25 best concerts this winter/spring

    As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: October 15-19

    Hope you got good and rested this past weekend, because you're going to need to tap into your energy reserves for the insane amount shows going down this week. We have all of them listed in our concert calendar, of course, if you'd like to get the full view. Otherwise, below, we've narrowed it down ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Danny Brown

    Monday, October 15, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Review: Game at the Ogden Theatre, 11/3/11

    Eric GruneisenGame at the Ogden last night​GAME at THE OGDEN THEATRE | 11/3/11Last night at the Ogden, Game had so many fans draped in red on stage with him, it began to look more like the red sea, rather than a band of hip-hop hooligans representing for their favorite MC. A few things are sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Meet the judges of the 2010 Westword Web Awards

    ​Pardon this interruption in headlines: We're happy to announce the judges of our 2010 Westword Web Awards. If you haven't nominated your favorite Facebooking restaurant, web start-up or Twittering bartender for the Westword Web Awards yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Freeloader: "I Don't Know" by Brikabrak and Naeem Oba

    ​Earlier today, we posted a Q&A with Brikabrak and Naeem Oba, and now we present you with a free track from the pair to download. Built upon a beat laid down by King Karnov, the track, "I Don't Know," centers on Naeem Oba's rhymes, which he recorded at CCM studios on Colfax, and Brikabrak's de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Proxy making moves with Proximus

    ​After ripping the Heavenfest stage over the summer and shining on the Gotee Records Hip Hope compilation album earlier this year, Colorado emcee Proxy is out and about pushing his new album Proximus. Released through his own Group Vigilant imprint, the album was predominately produced by Decap, a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2009
  • Music

    March 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Nyke Nitti, Dr. Dre, The Game, DMX

    Nyke Nitti gets in where he fits in. LOCALS ONLY Nyke Nitti (formerly Nyke Loc) has been putting in work in the local scene for over a decade. His biggest project came around 2000, with the release of Mob Life on his Str8 Check’n imprint. The album scored a solid distribution deal to more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: The BoomBox, Lil Wayne, Young Buck, 50 Cent and Queen Latifah

    LOCALS ONLY Being a hip-hop artist in Denver is one of the toughest gigs in town. Not only is it difficult to find a venue that will allow hip-hop shows, let alone take home a piece of the bar and door, but it’s really hard to find an audience who isn’t brainwashed by the mind-numbing playlis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Out Tha Box TV, Green Lantern, Common, 50 Cent

    LOCALS ONLY The online Colorado hip-hop show Out Tha Box TV will celebrate two years on air next month and they’re beginning their third year with a bang. The online show will be heading to television sets on May 14 on the ION Network at 3 p.m. “We were looking for a station that was on the move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Locals Get Radio Play, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, Beyonce, 50 Cent, Young Buck

    LOCALS ONLY Local hip-hop artists and their fans rarely get to hear their music played on the radio. But in recent years, opportunities for local hip-hop artists to get their music on the air have grown immensely. Local hip-hop artists like Dent, Babah Fly, Catch Lungs, Infinite Minds, Deca and a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: The Pirate Signal, Remy Ma, Tupac, Diddy, 50 Cent

    LOCALS ONLY In 2006 The Pirate Signal, consisting of rapper-producer Yonnas and DJ A-What, released a self-titled EP that brought a breath of fresh air to the Colorado hip-hop scene. But because the stagnation most hip-hop artists face here in the Mile High, Yonnas moved to Brooklyn, New York, with ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    50 Cent


  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Rap Sheet

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006.

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006

    Coke Dreams

    In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    The Party That Never Was

    Last spring, the announcement that hip-hop fashion mogul Marc Ecko (pictured) planned a graffiti festival in Denver resulted in major embroilment. But after months of halfhearted planning, a representative for Ecko says the fest is off. "We will not be doing the event in Denver," writes Ecko's seni ... More >>

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    Mobb Deep

    Monday, May 22, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005
  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Nationalistic 2005

    The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of November 10, 2005

  • Music

    July 14, 2005


    Thursday, July 14, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2005

    Quantum Leap

    Sci-fi meets high art at the Mizel Center.

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    The Game

    Sunday, April 17, Magness Arena, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Soul School

    After fifteen years of the grind, De La Soul is still schooling folks.

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Lloyd Banks

    Monday, September 27, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Young Buck

    Straight Outta Cashville (G-Unit/Interscope)

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Mobb Rules

    After six albums, Mobb Deep is still creating hell on earth.

  • Music

    July 1, 2004


    D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.