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  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Must-see Films at the 2014 Snowboard on the Block North American Film Festival

    While the first Colorado ski areas won't be opening for another month, locals know that snowboarding season actually starts in September, with the early onslaught of video premieres to stoke the fire. And, for the second year in a row, you can see almost all of them in one place at the Snowboard on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Denver fans explain why De La Soul still matters

    De La Soul, the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio, performed last Saturday to a capacity crowd at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. It was "nuts-to-butts crowded," as my Tennessee friends like to say. Consider now the fact that the group hasn't released a proper album in five years (2009's obscure Are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    New Denver shows: Vans Warped Tour, De La Soul, Sno-Core Tour, ticket on sale dates

    This year's installment of the Vans Warped Tour, which features Saves the Day, Mayday Parade, For Today, I the Mighty, the Ghost Inside, Teenage Bottlerocket, is slated to drop by Denver on Sunday, June 15. Tickets range from $28.50-$48.95 and are on sale now. Keep reading to see what other shows ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Izm White, still in the game almost two decades later, has a Ghostface feature on his new album

    Izm White (aka Hayden Laybourn) has been immersed in the local hip-hop scene since the mid '90s from when he first started heading down from the Western Slope to Denver to compete in MC battles and attend shows. During that time, he's had some ups and downs, from released multiple albums and taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013

    Mobb Deep

    Friday, May 10, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    FLOBOTS @ AGGIE THEATRE | FRI, 5/3/13 Half a decade after releasing the platinum single "Handlebars," which made rounds on radios across the country, the Flobots have grown significantly, both as a musical group and as a philanthropic force within the Denver community. Since parting ways with Univer ... 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

    April 25, 2013

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect was a rap fan: Ten song lyrics Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted

    Time and distance provide prospective -- isn't that what they say? Sure enough, the further removed we are from the recent Boston Marathon bombing, the more the picture appears to be coming into focus of the two brothers alleged to have conducted the terror plot. From analyzing their online presen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time: 50-26

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013
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    November 7, 2012

    Ten essential gangsta rap albums

    Many hip-hop fans, those who love rap -- hell, even some rappers -- have an aversion to gangsta rap for its objectionable content. Common named the rise of gangsta rap as one of the many steps in hip-hop's downfall in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a sentiment that, of course, began a contentious relation ... 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

    March 21, 2012

    Fresh local hip-hop from BLKHRTS, Subculture Icons, Mr. Midas with SP Double and more

    We've got a slew of new hip-hop to share with you this week: BLKHRTS collaborate with Rockie and Innerstate Ike on FOE's joint, "My Team Winning," Six O'Clock and friends, meanwhile, represent the underground with their Mobb Deep/Alchemist-esque joint as Subculture Icons, Fort Collins MC Moss gets h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Aloe Blacc, Harry Nilsson, Kid Cudi 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?" 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

    July 28, 2010

    SP Double released from Digital Dollar, back in Denver with a new plan and completed album

    ​ When SP Double signed with Digital Dollar, a record label run by Brian Hutcheson out of Orlando, Florida, it appeared as though he was gone for good. SP moved his whole operation out to the Sunshine State, and got right to work, perfecting tracks for his new album, Loyalty, Honor, Respect, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Graffiti Black on his muses, inspiration and the four categories of Colorado hip-hop

    ​Hailing from Montbello, Graffiti Black is a 23-year-old producer, writer and graphic designer known for creating sharp and distinct sounds that are both vibrant and accessible. He flips familiar elements and samples with flair and an experienced ear. Artists such as Innerstate Ike, Mr. Midas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Top Five reuses of Teddy Pendergrass Songs

    ​It was sad news when we found out Teddy Pendergrass had died on Wednesday of colon cancer. As others began collecting the best of his songs into comprehensive and downright exhaustive lists, we started thinking about who had used his sultry baritone or music for other ends. His songs have bee ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009
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    December 17, 2009

    Q&A with Ethan Ward of Gangcharger

    Tom MurphyGangcharger's Ethan Ward at the Meadowlark​Gangcharger started out as something of a side-project Ethan Ward did with a few friends. Few probably saw or remember the earliest incarnation of the band, but when it started up full force at the end of 2008, even if you didn't like the ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Denver greats pay tribute to hip-hop's greats at Get Down Wednesdays

    Gotta love Denver, man. At the risk of sounding like a homer, the creativity here is invigorating. It seems cats are constantly striving to come up with compelling ways to put on shows, Stand By Your Band at the hi-dive, Denver Does Denver and now Hip-Hop Bites Back, an idea whose time has truly com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Rap-Up: 93.3 KTCL adds hip-hop artist Improv to Top 10

    Nowadays, alternative rock station 93.3 KTCL is showing more and more love to hip-hop music on the air. First it was the Flobots being added to daily rotation last year, then it was the addition of Judgemental (of Basementalism) to Ralphie's First Trax show on Saturday mornings (6 a.m.-10 a.m.) that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: On Point, Lil Wayne, Scarface, Common

    Common's new album drops in December -- and he's already talking about the next one. LOCALS ONLY Hip-hop group On Point, which now consists of Flawless and Fo-Chief, formed back in 2004, but it really didn’t get noticed locally until when they released their album, D-Town Extravaganza, last yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Side 3 Studios, Kanye West, Common, Rappers on Sean Bell verdict

    LOCALS ONLY When former Sony exec Adelio Lombardi moved back to Denver several years ago, he had a vision of launching a state-of-the-art recording studio in the metro area for local and national acts. Lombardi officially opened Side 3 Studios last year, and has already seen visits from Bow Wow, Om ... More >>

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    March 7, 2008
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    February 15, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Apostle, Lil Wayne, The Game, Prodigy

    Locals Only: It’s been about a year since former executive director of the Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition, Apostle, aka Jeff Campbell, left Colorado to focus solely on his music career with his group Heavyweight Dub Champions. But the impact the Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition had in the late '90’s and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: SP Double, F.O.E., Ghostface Killah, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne

    LOCALS ONLY When it comes to hip-hop, one of the main requirements in making the music is to represent where you’re from. Although Colorado may not seems as fresh as places like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Chicago, most Colorado emcees are very proud to represent the state where they reside ... 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

    January 4, 2007

    Rap Sheet

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006.

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    Mobb Deep

    Monday, May 22, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Home Entertainment

    March 30, 2006

    Spray-On Soul

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

  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    The Hustler

    DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.

  • Music

    October 14, 2004

    Mobb Deep

    Amerikaz Nightmare (Jive Records)

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Mobb Rules

    After six albums, Mobb Deep is still creating hell on earth.

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Don Is Breaking

    With a new full-length album and his own record label, Denver rapper Don Blas is lighting up the local hip-hop scene.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    December 26, 1996

    The Prize Patrol

    The biggest musical winners from 1996.

  • Music

    March 21, 1996

    Rhymes of Passion

    The Fugees are determined to make rap, not war.