• Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    The ten best all-star remixes in rap

    In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Ten rap features that stole the show

    Features have a long history in hip-hop -- one that is now frequently used in other musical forms, as well. It can serve many purposes: A well-placed feature can present you to a whole new pocket of possible fans. It can also take advantage of another rapper's current popularity, or it can give the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    An open letter to Politico's Donovan Slack about your misinterpretation of Jay-Z's "Open Letter"

    Hey, Ms. Slack, I couldn't help but notice the mini shit storm you caused yesterday at the White House press briefing when you misunderstood and misrepresented the lyrics of Jay-Z's "Open Letter." Real talk, that shit ain't cool. Have we learned nothing from the Nicki Minaj Romney-gate last summer? ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    The ten greatest East Coast rappers of all time

    The East Coast, particularly New York, is the mecca of hip-hop. It's birthplace and still the most reliable source for pure, uncut, unadulterated rap music. Chronicling the great MCs from the region would result in a list of hundreds. Ranking the top ten proves somewhat limiting, but it's also an en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    While there's been a hundred Jay-Z mash-ups, American Gangster by Big J Beats stands out

    Contrary to trends among many rising hip-hop artists these days, Big J Beats doesn't flood the internet with a new song or mixtape every other week. Despite the shortage of releases, he's definitely prolific, and it turns out his hard drive is a goldmine of unreleased gems, including American Gangst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Why do musicians endorse candidates?

    There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012


    Chicks Only

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    February 8, 2012

    Jay-Z's come a long way from the Marcy Projects

    What do you know about Jay-Z? Born Shawn Corey Carter in December 1969, the Brooklyn corner boy from the Marcy Housing Projects, who used to flip kilos of coke as fast as he flipped rhymes, turned his life of trial and tragedy into one of triumph and success, making a ton of money and marrying the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    MTV's top five greatest on-air rap moments

    ​Oh, MTV. There has been no greater platform for fuckery's finest and the brilliance of unfiltered musician craziness than Music Television's many segments. Whether drunken freestyles, acceptance speech interruptions, or classic moments in live performance, hip-hop rightfully lived and thrived ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Rappers who rap over pre-recorded vocals should stick to wrapping at Christmas time

    ​This is a rant. It involves rappers and how rappers shouldn't rap over their pre-recorded vocals, a phenomenon we've been seeing more and more lately. It's the equivalent to singing along with a music video on BET turned up so high that the volume is distorted. No matter how lively and enthus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Top 5 songs nodding to Notorious B.I.G

    ​Ah, Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G. There hasn't been -- and as long as hip-hop is a genre, won't be -- a quiet passing of March 9. Similar to when Buddy Holly took the fateful flight that inspired a nation to observe the day the music died, the day Biggie Smalls was slain is fo ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Hip-hop's ten most impactful deaths

    ​Today marks the anniversary of the day that the world lost the greatest rapper of all time. Christopher Wallace's untimely death on March 9, 1997, had a significant impact on the rap game. If Biggie had lived, for instance, his presence would have essentially erased the need for Jay-Z. Unstop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Hey, is that Dave Grohl?: Ten awesome celebrity photobombs

    Dude, Dave. Chill!Last week, NPR asked listeners to share photos of themselves with favorite musicians. That's a swell idea and all, but we thought that taking the angle of the photobomber would be a more entertaining way to look at pictures of famous people with non-famous people. While there have ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011

    Mr. Midas

    Son of the Crack Era

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    November 16, 2010

    A new NBA Jam and a remastered Metropolis top our pick for this week, November 16, 2010

    ​Are you starting to get nervous about the holidays yet? They're just around the corner and shopping season kicks off in a week. Perhaps you're worried you won't know what to pick up for that estranged uncle that inexplicably sent you a gift last year, or maybe you have a little brother that l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Of Montreal, Kayne West and Air Dubai 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?" So 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 ... More >>

  • 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

    March 23, 2010

    Jay-Z brought his A-game to the Pepsi Center last night

    Aaron ThackerayCheck out full slideshow from last night's show.​ Jay-Z • Trey Songz • STS9 Pepsi Center | 03.22.10 Jay-Z is one of the few performers that truly is larger than life. Dude has an undeniably commanding presence on stage. From the opening cut, "Run This Town," until the fitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Faith restored: Coachella 2010 lineup announced

    Fucking A. Ask and ye shall receive, eh? (Well, it's not Denver, but close enough.) Just glimpsed the lineup for this year's Coachella. As far as headliners go, you've got your Jay-Z and your LCD Soundsystem and, uh, let's see here, Thom Yorke and ... yada, yada, yada. Whatever, dude. Five words: Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Michael Jackson top seller at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​Michael Jackson's This is It came in first at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending November 15 while Gov't Mule's By a Thread and Triple C's Custom Cars & Cycles grabbed the second and third spots respectively. Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Creed's Full Circle rounded out the top five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Tech N9NE grabs top spot at Independent Records again

    ​Tech N9NE's latest effort, K.O.D., continues to dominate the top sellers at Independent Records and grabs the number one spot for the third week in a row. Jay-Z's Blueprint 3, meanwhile, still holds strong and claimed the second slot, while Wale's Attention Deficit, released last week on Intersco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records again

    ​Tech N9NE's latest effort, K.O.D., grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the second week in a row, while Slayer's new disc, World Painted Blood, came in second and Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 grabbed the third slot. Michael Jackson's This is It and Say Anything's new self-titled album rounded o ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records

    ​Tech N9NE's K.O.D., released last week on Strange Music, nabbed the top spot on Independent Records' charts for the week ending November 1. Michael Jackson's soundtrack to the film This is It and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 came in at second and third, while Swollen Member's Armed to the Teeth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    This Just In: Jay-Z tour confirmed, Kevin Smith show canceled

    ​Jay-Z, whose Blueprint 3 has been a strong seller since hitting the streets two months ago, just confirmed his 2010 North American tour, which includes a stop at the Pepsi Center Monday, March 22. Grammy-nominated rapper Young Jeezy will open the show and tickets go on sale Friday, November 13 at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Flaming Lips top sellar at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Flaming Lips new album, Embryonic, was the top seller at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 25, while Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Roseanne Cash's The List grabbed the second and third spots. Bob Dylan's new Christmas album and Kevon Edwards' Who Knew rounded out the top five. See th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Rammstein top seller at Independent Records

    ​German industrial metal band Rammstein nabbed the top spot at Independent Records with Liebe Ist Für Alle Da, the band's sixth studio effort released last week on the Vagrant imprint. Jay-Z, who had been at number one for the last few weeks with Blueprint 3 was knocked down to the second slot wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Jay-Z top seller at Independent Records again

    ​Jay-Z, who's been dominating Independent's charts for the past two months with The Blueprint 3, was on top again for the week ending October 18. Mario's D.N.A., released last week on J Records, debuted at second while Drake's So Far Gone came in at third. The Flaming Lips' Embryonic and Five Fing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Avett Brothers on top again at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You grabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar again for the week ending October 11. Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Alice in Chains' Black Gives Way to Blue nabbed the second and third slots while Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Lil Boosie Superbad r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Jay-Z back on top at Independent Records

    ​After holding on the top spot for a weeks in a row and then moving down to the fifth spot last week, Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 is back on top at Independent Records for the week ending October 11. Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which grabbed the top spot last week, moved down to the seco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Avett Brothers top seller at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Avett Brothers' I and Love and You, released last week on American Recordings, grabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 4. Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Alice in Chains' Black Gives Way to Blue nabbed the second and third slots while Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Impe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Mariah Carey grabs top spot at Independent Records

    ​Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, released last week on Island, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending October 4. Black Give Way to Blue, Alice in Chain's first album with new singer William DuVall, and Dethklok's Dethalbum II claimed the second and third slot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Jay-Z sadly missing from inaugural soundtrack

    So I just flipped on the inauguration, a few minutes before Obama took the oath, and who do I see playing to usher in the 44th President, our first African-American president, the first president who acknowledges having Jay-Z on his iPod? Let me give you a hint. It wasn't Jay-Z. It wasn't Kanye (alt ... 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 >>

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    August 8, 2008
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    February 29, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: DJ Low Key, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Buckshot, Dr. Dre

    Locals Only DJ Low Key is doing big things in Denver right now. The last year was a big one for the Basementalism Radio Show alum and 2008 is looking to be just as big. He ended 2007 having his mixtape Median’s Relief in the Making (hosted by 9th Wonder) on several critical year-end lists and he ... 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

    November 15, 2007


    American Gangster

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    May 10, 2007

    Fall Out Boy

    Friday, May 11, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    April 19, 2007


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

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Jay-Z vs. Stallone

    A pop-quiz in honor of Hova and Balboa both coming out of retirement.

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Teairra Mari

    Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mar (Roc-A-Fella)

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    Terror Squad

    True Story (Universal)

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    DJ N-Wee

    The Slack Album (

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Dead Prez

    RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sony/Columbia)

  • Music

    February 5, 2004


    The Black Album (Def Jam)

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z hosts a listening party for his latest opus, The Black Album.

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    February 13, 2003


    God's Son (Columbia)

  • Music

    July 18, 2002

    He's Got the Beat

    Going back to his roots, Scratch gives lip service to the lost art of beatboxing.

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Fighting the Power

    Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying.

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    Good Times, Gangsta Style

    The Hard Knock Life tour puts on a happy face.

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