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    September 19, 2013

    Wax Tailor explains the concept behind his concept album, Dusty Rainbow From the Dark

    Wax Tailor is the long-running hip-hop/downtempo project of Jean-Christophe Le Saoût. In the '90s, Le Saoût was involved with the rap band La Formule, and in the latter part of that decade, frustrated with the creative restrictions of a major label, he established the Lab'Oratoire imprint. In 2001 ... More >>

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    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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    August 14, 2013

    The ten best rap producers of all time

    Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Ten rappers who should just retire already

    The following rappers have all been, at one point, among the best in the game. They were each considered to be the cream of the crop, but even the finest cream goes bad eventually. Sadly, these MCs are all arguably well past their prime, and although we love them and it pains us to say it, they need ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    The ten best diss tracks of all time

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2013
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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

    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    2012 Grammy Awards: Adele sweeps, Bon Iver surprises and Kanye West missing in action

    As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    The 50 worst sports movies of all time

    Slap Shot 2: Number 28.​The sports movie is rarely versatile: an outsider, or group of outsiders (wrong race, wrong gender, wrong species), have uncanny talent in their field, but the old guard (typically, white, old men), don't like the change the new person represents. So the rebels have to ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Sesame Street's five best musical cameos

    Elvis is everywhere​Elvis Costello finally made his Sesame Street appearance last week with a number-orientated rendition of "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes." The show is a well-tread, 42-year-old road that has included a charmingly sweet Tony Bennett, an unexpectedly fitting LL Cool J, ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    The best and worst of sitcoms starring musicians

    We feel the same way about you, Fred Durst.​The bad news is that Snoop Dogg is getting a sitcom, a no-doubt hackneyed affair starring the Doggfather as a patriarch with his mind on his family and his family on his mind. The even worse news is that Limp Bizkit front-penis Fred Durst is apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    The Anthology of Rap: Decipher the lyrics that stumped the editors and win Yo! MTV Raps cards

    ​This week's cover story, "Word," recounts the creation of The Anthology of Rap, the scholarly catalogue of rap lyrics co-edited by CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley. The story details the challenge of figuring what, exactly, all those rappers are saying. A few of the quarter-of-a-million word ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Break Dancing! Animated GIFS will pop and lock your day

    ​Break dancing took Denver by storm in the mid '80s, drawing 10,000 people to a competition at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where this paper's founder and editor Patricia Calhoun was a judge.

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    BLKHRTS, Wu-Tang top our weekly playlists

    ​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

    December 7, 2010

    The Anthology of Rap's alleged errors and Adam Bradley's subsequent explaination to

    ​Last month, Yale University Press released The Anthology of Rap, an exhaustive compendium of rap lyrics edited by CU professor Adam Bradley and his colleague Andrew DuBois. Although the book has been praised by some admitted outsiders, it has also been subjected to scrutiny by various hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    We Are the World 25/2010 performers pull off impressive performance

    All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    We Are the World 2010: List of performers seems a little underwhelming -- the idea is to get people to buy the song, right?

    Our friends over at CNN just posted a partial list of performers appearing on the "We Are the World" remake. From the looks of it, we put more thought into this whole thing than the organizers did. Okay, sure, there were a handful of bona fied stars that took part -- and we're assuming they've be ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Last night: Fresh Breath Committee CD release at the Fox Theatre

    Fresh Breath Committe (Peter Haines)The Pirate Signal, 3 the Hardway, The ReMINDers, Fresh Breath Committee, Masta Ace. Fox Theater Thursday October 8, 2009 Better than: Anything you have to wake up for on Friday that would have stopped you from being there. Approaching the Fox last night for the F ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Jukebox Effect

    I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Boyz II Men, Stevie B and Break EFX at the Ogden Theater

    Photo: Chad FahnestockBoyz II Men, Stevie B and Break EFXFriday, November 28, 2008Ogden TheaterBetter than: Listening to the recorded soundtrack from the ten-year high school reunion of any graduating class from the 1990s.The reactions varied wildly. When I told people that I was covering the Boyz I ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Showcase Hip-Hop History, Grandmaster Flash, Nas, Eminem and LL Cool J

    LOCALS ONLY With Westword’s Music Showcase going down this weekend, let’s take a quick look at what the last five hip-hop winners have been up to the last five years: The Pirate Signal (Yonnas and DJ A-What) who won in 2007, has just released its new mixtape The PS Pt. II: Of Gods and Gangster ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008
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    March 6, 2008


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    January 18, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: D.O. The Fabulous Drifter, 50 Cent, Grandmaster Flash, Foxy Brown

    LOCALS ONLY Veteran Denver emcee D.O. The Fabulous Drifter is still putting the finishing touches on his new album D.irector of O.perations while working overtime for a collaborative venture. He connected with Canadian songbird JaQe for a project called His and Hers, a combination of hip-hop and so ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Cheeky Monk

    The latest news from Denver’s counter culture.

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    August 16, 2007

    This Just In

    The latest nightlife news.

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    September 6, 2006
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    September 6, 2006


    Props to whoever was responsible for putting together the Subversiv* Records Tour flier that we snagged from a lamppost at 11th and Broadway this morning. Although the handbill hyping a July 14 date at Old Curtis St. featuring Epic, Brzowski, Matre, DJ Chaps, K the I and Ancient Mith was weathered a ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    July 20, 2006
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    July 13, 2006

    LL Cool J

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

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Luka Bloom

    Sunday, April 30, Lanny's Clocktower Cabaret, 303-293-0075.

  • Home Entertainment

    March 30, 2006

    Spray-On Soul

    Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti 's early years.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Soldiers' Song

    The Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers fight for their right to, well, rock.

  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    God Save the Queen

    A talented rapper narrowly survives another lousy movie.

  • Film

    May 12, 2005

    Going Mental

    Mindhunters is truly stupid fun.

  • Music

    October 7, 2004
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    September 23, 2004

    LL Cool J

    The DEFinition (Def Jam)

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Silencing Radio 1190

    Rather than muzzle Barnett, CU clamps down on music.

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    The Beatdown

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

  • Film

    August 7, 2003

    The Big-Bang Theory

    S.W.A.T. storms into the August movie lineup.

  • Music

    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

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

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Fighting the Power

    Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying.

  • Film

    November 2, 2000

    Farrah to Poor

    With clipped wings, Charlie's Angels fly way too low to the ground.

  • Music

    October 7, 1999


    Puff Daddy, Leo Kottke, Prince, Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines

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    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

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