Since hip-hop's genesis, beef has been as integral a driving force to the art as bravado. There's been some titanic tangles over the years, from Canibus facing off with LL Cool J to Jay-Z and Nas locking horns with one other, all of which have resulted in some relentless and incendiary rhymes being ... More >>
West Coast rap is sometimes disparaged by hip-hop purists for it's perceived lack of lyricism and substance, but what it lacks in lyrical acrobatics and "message," it more than makes up for in personality. Whether the aesthetic is raw and violent or chill and relaxed, the sentiment comes through equ ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! If you haven't made plans yet, there's an unreal number of shows, from five different festivals to several CD release shows to old school hip-hop. Of course, we have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious, print that bad boy out and bre ... More >>
There's some stellar music on tap this week to look forward to no matter your flavor. The week kicks off with an absolute bang this afternoon at the Summit Music Hall with Cannibal Corpse, which headlines the Summer Slaughter tour with Between the Buried & Me, Job for a Cowboy, Exhumed, Goatwhore an ... More >>
Greencarpetedstairs (due tonight at Rhinoceropolis) is the hip-hop/experimental electronic/IDM project of Neil Ewing. He was part of the loose cadre students that attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the first half of the last decade that were at the core of the scene around Rhinocer ... More >>
While no specific artist dominated sales across the board at local record stores for the week ending April 25, Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep, Cypress Hill's Rise Up Willie Nelson's Country Music claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Records and Twist & Shout, respect ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For ... More >>
For the fifth week in a row, Eminem's Relapse grabbed the top spot on Independent's best seller list for the week ending June 21. Tech N9ne's Sickology 101, which has been a top seller since it was released April 28, moved up the second spot while new discs by Black Eyed Peas and Mos Def grabbed thr ... More >>
Eminem has been holding on to the top spot at Independent Records for a month now with his latest release, Relapse. Mos Def's The Ecstatic and Black Eyed Peas' The E.N.D., both released last week, grabbed the second and third slots while Method Man & Redman and DJ Quick & Kurupt rounded out ... More >>
Suge Knight files lawsuit against Kanye West Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has filed a $135,000 lawsuit against Kanye West for a gunshot wound and a robbery of his diamond-stud earring that occurred at West’s pre-MTV Music Awards party back in August 2005. According to TMZ, Knight bel ... More >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas.
X.O. Experience (Loud/Columbia)
By aiming for the lowest common denominator, Up in Smoke went over like gangbusters.
(Dogg House/TVT Records)
The Don Kronicals are a hip-hop partnership with punch.