See also: - Snoop Dogg at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/17/12 - Review: Snoop Dogg at Snowball, 3/3/12 - Review: Snoop Dogg at the Fillmore, 3/2/12 Artists do what they can to control their image, from their songs to their videos to their Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. They hire publicists. The ... More >>
On this day fifteen years ago, Tupac Shakur was gunned down on the Las Vegas strip while riding in a car driven by Marion "Suge" Knight. The seeming culmination of a media hyped East Coast vs West Coast rivalry, the murder of 2Pac has been shrouded in mystery and conspiracy. No doubt one of t ... More >>
Guru (left) and heartless greed monger Solar (right). Photo by Barbara Mürdter 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 >>
The devil made him do it. For more blogs, look out below. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Imp of Satan writes the best Craigslist musician-wanted ad ever. • Get a free MP3 download from your Mama. • Meese's now not-so-secret show in Boulder next week. • The Fray premiers new single during ... 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 >>
If his music is half as good as his acting, expect his album to be punishingly bad Here's a round up of all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy digging through your old CDs for Bruce Willis's album from the '80s after hearing that Kevin Costner ... More >>
Today started out like any other day: 6 a.m. coffee, a couple of smokes, some news and left overs from the night before. I turned on the TV and flipped to MSNBC, because that was the one big news network that I happened to see setting up Sunday afternoon by the train station. As soon as I turned it ... More >>
Locals Only Lenny Lenn is known for the work he put in as a radio personality for various radio stations across Colorado. His biggest claim to fame is being part of the launch team of the now-defunct Denver hip-hop radio station, U102. Lenny then spent some time working behind the scenes on the Lew ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY Rie-Rie is one of the very few female rappers in the Colorado hip-hop scene and among even fewer who consistently puts out albums. In 2008, Rie Rie is trying to do it even bigger by releasing two albums at the same time. One of them, Ms. 5280, is a straight up solo project that features ... More >>
Joe Thunder isn’t known for his skills behind the mic. He isn’t known for creating hot beats either. He’s more likely to just listen to records than mix and scratch them. And you’ll catch him nodding his head before he’d bust out in a backspin. So what does Joe Thunder really do? He’s a ... More >>
They created Denver's gang life. A generation later, can they break free?
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Hawthorne Heights tries to keep its momentum in the midst of a heated legal battle.
From the week of August 14, 2003
Eddie Griffin shows the world how he wrings laughs from his DysFunKtional kin.
A Boulder student cares more about the life of hip-hop than the deaths of Biggie and Tupac.
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reflect on the once and future world of hip-hop.
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Thanks to Nyke Loc, gangsta rap is alive and well in Denver.
The hip-hop trivia question wants to prove that he's still cool.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Is gangsta rap getting more profound? Well...no.