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  • Music

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Get a sneak peek of DJ Ktone's upcoming comp, Left Lane Music Vol. 1, due out in November

    For his latest project, Left Lane Music Vol. 1, DJ Ktone pulled together a slew of different rappers with different styles. Featuring the likes of Tone Skarfo, Mr. Midas, FOE and Aires Jackson, among others, the first installment of the comp and its planned followup (due out sometime in the first qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

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

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A pair of new October dates have Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden and Bush at the 1STBANK Center, with Chevelle and Filter, while November brings Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Fillmore. On local radio, Air Dubai, Le Divorce, Bop Skizzum and Signal Path ... More >>

  • Articles

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    $16 million to recover $391,000: The RIAA just blew a lot cash. Here's ten more of the industry's greatest wastes

    [via Flickr]​Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Did Big Boi reveal the first five singles off Sir Lucious Left Foot?

    Last night, Big Boi and his new label Def Jam hosted a listening party for the long-awaited Sir Luscious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty. The main purpose of the party was to officially release the album's first single, "Shutterbugg," which, as you can hear above, is pretty great. But in the half-ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Fabolous grabs top spot at Independent Records

    ​Loso's Way, the new disc by Fabolous released last week on Def Jam, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records and knocked down Twista's Category F5 to the second slot for the week ending August 2. Eminem's Relapse continues a long run on Independent's top ten and nabbed the third slot while Je ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Lady Sovereign

    Monday, May 18, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Rick Ross top seller at Independent Records

    Rick Ross's new album, Deeper Than Rap, released last week on Def Jam, topped Independent's best seller list for the week ending April 26. Asher Roth's new disc, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, grabbed the second spot while the Dream, UGK and Jadakiss rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Def Jam's Ace Hood shows Denver Nugget love with "Overtime" remix

    Denver Nuggets DJ and 107.1 FM mixmaster, DJ Bedz, pulled some strings with his colleagues at Def Jam Records to get an NBA Playoff anthem from artist Ace Hood for the Nuggets' playoff run. The track is called "Overtime" and features T-Pain and Akon. While it's already a radio hit nationwide, the Nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs 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.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    Q&A with Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson of the Roots

    The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    The Live Magic of Ghostland Observatory and Alicia Keys and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: One girl's love of Ghostland Observatory overcomes a solid, wailing wall of douchebags, drunks and general idiocy.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Best 2007 - Houston: Teeing Off with Scarface

    As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Remember how everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004's Starsky & Hutc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up

    This may be Jay-Z’s last year at Def Jam Right now Jay-Z is celebrating a pretty good year as CEO/President of Def Jam. His label garnered 26 Grammy nominations last week, his artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo are blowing up worldwide and his own project, American Gangster, is topping year-end lists. But ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Stolen Moments

    Its business as usual for the Photo Atlas, however things shake out with the band's label.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Ali & Aj Insomniatic Hollywood Records 02:00-02:45 of “Potential Breakup Song” I think I might have stumbled into some strange tween land because I’m a little embarrassed to have this in my hands. Perhaps even more embarrassed that I’m nodding my head and tapping my toe. I mean, they’re r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    It's Business As Usual for the Photo Atlas

    The past couple of weeks have certainly been eventful for the members of the Photo Atlas. Late last month, the band parted ways with drummer Devon Shirley in the middle of an East Coast tour. And this past Monday, word came down that Rob Stevenson, the head of Stolen Transmission, the act’s curren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Pimp Stoppers

    “You’re dead wrong if ya think that pimpin' gon' die.” At least that’s what Snoop Dogg maintained in his 2003 “P.I.M.P.” duet with 50 Cent. But that won’t stop some from trying. This fall, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault will unveil its ad campaign targeting pimp culture an ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2007


    Wednesday, April 25, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2007
  • Music

    December 28, 2006


    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

  • Music

    December 7, 2006


    Kingdom Come

  • Music

    December 7, 2006


    This rappers new album is finally about to drop. What took so long?

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Sov Story

    Lady Sovereign tries to break the Brit hip-hop jinx.

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    LL Cool J

    Monday, July 17, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Breaking the Law

    The Bronx fights physics.

  • Home Entertainment

    February 2, 2006

    Tae Kwon Ho

    Dead or Alive 4 finally gets hardcore.

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    September 1, 2005
  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    The (International) Noise Conspiracy

    Friday, May 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid

    Sunday, April 24, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

  • 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

    May 6, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Russell's next jam may not be as def as expected.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

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

  • Music

    June 5, 2003


    Yo, yo: The Hip-Hop Summit is coming to town. We hope.

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

    When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Play It As It Slays

    Slayer hasn't stopped giving the devil his due.

  • Music

    November 11, 1999


    Primus, The Go, At the Drive In, Method Man/Redman

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    August 6, 1998
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    February 1, 1995
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