Ja Rule

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    February 19, 2014

    Things that need to happen at my funeral

    In his weekly column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Earlier this week, I went to the funeral of a person that I cared about. While I am of course happy that he will get to spend the re ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Ten more (un)likely signings for Cash Money

    Cash Money Records, the label founded by Bryan "Baby/Birdman" Williams in 1991, rose to prominence in the hip-hop scene with its signing of the Hot Boys, consisting of B.G., Young Turk, Lil' Wayne and Juvenile. Since then, the group has become one of rap's premier labels, having piggybacked Lil Wayn ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Ten Grammy awards that you don't see on TV but that are totally worth being televised

    The Grammys are supposed to be "music's biggest night." Unfortunately, the only person who truly believes this is the copywriter who came up with that tagline. There are easily five festivals every year with stakes to the same claim. One of the highlights of this year's Grammys was a Bruno Mars/Stin ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    The new faces of R&B in Denver: Jon Shockness, J. Carey, Devan Blake Jones, BMore and B.Blacc

    Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operator​Have you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Tupac biopic finally gets the greenlight. Here's five ideas for who should play him.

    ​After being held up by years of litigation from Afeni Shakur-Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, the film depicting the rapper's life has finally been given the green light. Literally years in the making, the production company Morgan Creek has been mired in legal wranglings with ' ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Meet Anxious, an MC who's anything but

    ​ Anxious doesn't come off as nervous, worried or scared. In contrast to his chosen stage name, the MC, aka Ryan Hyde, actually seems pretty confident. So much so, in fact, that he says he will battle anybody, anytime -- and win. So far, he has the record to prove it. He's won every battle he ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    The 10 Most Hated People in Hip-Hop

    Guru (left) and heartless greed monger Solar (right). Photo by Barbara M├╝rdter​ There is no fence-riding in hip-hop. It is the most competitive genre of music, partly because of the way it formed and partly because it remains the newest major movement. So there is no shortage of hatred going ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    What are Jay-Z's 99 problems? We know a bitch ain't one.

    ​ It's well known an this point that Jay-Z (appearing tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sound Tribe Sector 9, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy) has 99 problems, and a bitch, most certainly, ain't one. Curiously, though, until now, no one's really taken a hard look at just what Hova's 99 problems are ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    July 31, 2008

    Comedian Bill Burr, of Chapelle's Show fame, works Comedy Works this weekend

    Chappelle's Show veteran and all-around funny guy Bill Burr is stopping at Comedy Works this weekend. We caught up with Burr just after the recent earthquake in Los Angeles. Westword (Amber Taufen): How are you? Bill Burr: Well, I just got back from vacation, and we just had a nice earthquake here ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008
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    March 24, 2008
  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know about to avoid cultural ostracism.

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    January 12, 2006
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    December 29, 2005
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    December 2, 2004

    Ja Rule

    R.U.L.E. (Def Jam/The Inc. Records)

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Let's Go Crazy...Please!

    Only one man can save us from our own devastating lack of sex appeal.

  • Music

    July 1, 2004


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

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Local MC Apostle prepares to battle for the keys to the Kingdom.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

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

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    The Message

    Well Red

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    N.E.R.D. Alert

    In Chad Hugo's world, art and commerce co-exist.

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    February 6, 2003

    Dream Time Extended

    Sevilla spins more than salsa, but the Pavilions ain't down with that.

  • Music

    September 26, 2002

    Styles, Slum Village and Clipse

    A Gangster and a Gentleman (Ruff Ryder)
    Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
    Lord Willin' (Star Trak)

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

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

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    February 7, 2002

    The Junior Bomb

    Meet Aaron Carter, the dreamiest teen on the planet.

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    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

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    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.