Gang Starr

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Denver rapper/DJ/midwife wants to use twerking to raise awareness about fracking

    Denver's DJ Cavem Moetevation spends plenty of time focusing on the "green" stuff. But his green stuff is not money or weed. Instead, his focus is on kale and being eco-friendly. Cavem -- a former Westword MasterMind award winner -- is a husband and father, a teacher, a rapper, a DJ, a midwife, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Cavem Moetavation is a rapper, DJ, midwife and more who wants kids to care about fracking

    Denver's DJ Cavem does, in fact, spend plenty of time focusing on the "green" stuff. But his green stuff is not a reference to money or weed. Instead, his focus is on kale and being eco-friendly living. Cavem is a husband and father, a teacher, a rapper, a DJ a midwife and an innovator. While other ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2013

    Mane Rok, Ichiban, InkLine

    The Gem in I
    Elite Philosophy

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The ten best trumpeters of all time

    Like sax players, any discussion of the best trumpeters is likely to involve some of the same names. And that's not happenstance. It's because the playing of those greats is so distinctive, prodigious and influential that it truly stands out among countless other horn players. Keep reading for a run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    9th Wonder on how hip-hop is like pills in the applesauce, a gateway to knowledge and history

    A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2012

    DJ Premier and Pete Rock at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 9/22/12

    DJ PREMIER & PETE ROCK @ CERVANTES' | 9/22/12 At the end of their set last night at Cervantes', DJ Premier's Houston Astro's hat was dripping with sweat, while Pete Rock appeared to have barely broken one. Over the course of their set, though, the two matched wits furiously playing through the genr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Sept. 21-23

    Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2011

    Review: DJ Premier, DJ Vajra and DJ Mu$a rock Shoe Shine 7, at City Hall, 11/19/11

    DJ PREMIER at CITY HALL | 11/19/2011The masses came together last night to pay respect to one of hip-hop's living legends, DJ Premier at City Hall. Making his way cooly onto the stage to screams of "Preemo," DJ Premier got right to work with "Nas is Like." Half-man, half amazing, indeed, the New Yor ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier

    Saturday, November 19, City Hall, 303-832-8628.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier on having a humble respect for the game and going back to using the old slang

    Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7​DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock on "#1 Hit," Bowie, Prince, James Brown, and the perils of nostalgia

    Jorge MorenoSpank Rock​Spank Rock (due tonight at Summit Music Hall for the Check Yo Ponytail 2 tour) emerged in Philadelphia around the middle of the last decade making music that brought together threads of hip-hop, rock, R&B and electronic pop. With the release of 2006's YoYoYoYoYo, the gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Aloe Blacc, Harry Nilsson, Kid Cudi fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2010

    Mark Farina gets funky at the Fox Theatre with DJ Rootz and Pillowfight

    ​Mark Farina with Pillowfight, DJ Rootz and AA 07.23.10|Fox Theatre There's a covenant involved when listening to live music: You give your attention and energy to the musician, and in exchange, they provide you with some kind of experience that (IMO) should be crafted to capture that attenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    RIP Guru, gone at the age of 43

    ​ By now you've heard about the loss of Keith "Keithy E" Elam, aka Guru, who passed away yesterday. If you're reading this right now, you're probably grappling with the tremendous loss of Guru and reflecting on the monumental impact he had on rap music -- despite the fact that he never really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Bedz

    Michael Martin‚ÄčEvery Friday we spotlight the hottest cats 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 ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009


    Kids Gather Round

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    This Just In 12/18-12/24/08

    Yes visits the Paramount on February 12. Yes, who kicked off its "In the Present" tour last month, will stop at the Paramount February 12 with long-time members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, as well as Rick Wakeman's son, Oliver, on keyboards. Vocalist Benoit David, who Squire discovered ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007
  • Music

    July 19, 2007


    Saturday, July 21, the Oriental Theater, 303-455-2124.

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    July 28, 2005


    Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (7 Grand Records)

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Conversation Peace

    The Perceptionists are holding out for a better tomorrow.

  • Music

    August 7, 2003


    Shades of Blue (Blue Note)

  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Mercy Mercy Me

    MURS is already a legend. Now if he can just get folks to stop thinking of him as the new guy.

  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    Ready to Reload

    After five years, Gang Starr reclaims its place in the hip-hop pack.

  • Music

    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Vision Quest

    Phife Dawg makes a solo stand in a post-Tribe world.

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Good Time Gang

    Yo, Flaco! was recently named the best unsigned band in America. They couldn't be happier.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Mos Def

    Black on Both Sides

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    Critic's Choice

    Scene & Heard

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    DJ Krush

    (Sony International)

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Spread the Jam

    Medeski, Martin and Wood branch out beyond jazz.

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

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

  • Music

    August 20, 1998

    Native Intelligence

    Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.

  • Music

    August 6, 1998

    Beyond the Fugees

    Pinning down Wyclef Jean, one of hip-hop's hottest commodities.

  • Music

    July 2, 1998
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    January 16, 1997

    Damage Control

    Jeru the Damaja aims to save rap from itself.

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    January 3, 1996



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    August 17, 1994



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    April 27, 1994
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    January 12, 1994


    The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens