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Marley Marl

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Celebrating the life and rhymes of Biggie Smalls

    This week, we're celebrating the life of the late, great Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., who died fifteen years ago this week. One of hip-hop's most important teachers, Biggie Smalls, as he was affectionately known, empowered corner boys everywhere to tell the story of their struggle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    DJ Premier on having a humble respect for the game and going back to using the old slang

    Catch DJ Premier this Saturday at City Hall for Shoe Shine 7​DJ Premier is one of the greatest producers of all time. Ask anyone. He's a trailblazing pioneer that has influenced pretty much every hip-hop producer and beat maker doing it. Maintaining longevity unlike any producer or DJ in his l ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Anatomy of a hip-hop song: Local producers weigh in on what it takes to make a great track

    David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment Beats​The term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010

    Rakim

    Wednesday, August 25, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: The BoomBox, Lil Wayne, Young Buck, 50 Cent and Queen Latifah

    LOCALS ONLY Being a hip-hop artist in Denver is one of the toughest gigs in town. Not only is it difficult to find a venue that will allow hip-hop shows, let alone take home a piece of the bar and door, but it’s really hard to find an audience who isn’t brainwashed by the mind-numbing playlis ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Critics' Picks for 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Lupe Fiasco, 50 Cent, DMX, The Vapors movie, Infinite Mindz

    Locals Only There’s a lot of rappers in Denver, but there’s only a handful who can really shine on the microphone. Check out this video, “The Crown” from up-and-coming group Infinite Mindz with a verse from SP Double and O.N.E. singing the hook. Don’t sleep!!!

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007
  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Foreshadowing

    DJ Shadow's brooding sound structure is still Quannum leaps ahead.

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Scratch It Up

    The steel wheels keep turning in the DMC turntable battles.

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Stop Making Sense

    DJ Logic experiments with hip-hop, rock and all that jazz.

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