"REGULATORZZZZ! Mount up!" There. Now try getting that song out of your head for the next five days. You're welcome. I don't think I'm alone among folks in their thirties who have every line of Warren G's 1994 mega-hit "Regulate" memorized, but a quick sit-down with the lyrics leaves you with more ... More >>
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 >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and 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 we go, on and on about t ... More >>
For as many ill conceived hip-hop Christmas cuts that have been produced over the years, there have been as least as many that were great. While they're not all necessarily fun, feel good songs meant to get you in the spirit of the season, and some deal directly with the ills of the holiday or criti ... More >>
PORTER ROBINSON @ OGDEN THEATRE | 7/7/12 Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Porter Robinson slowly drew his hands up as the strobes began to flicker and the crowd yelped in anticipation. The track? Robinson chose a remix of Janet Jackson's "Go Deep" which has a hook that states, "We go deep, and ... More >>
SNOOP DOGG @ SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL | 03.03.12 At times, it seemed like the entire weekend pointed toward Snoop Dogg's Saturday night set. Diplo mentioned Snoop's immanent arrival during a Friday night set, and showed off an exclusive drop the Doggfather had recorded for Major Lazer. Periodically ... More >>
SNOOP DOGG @ THE FILLMORE | 3/2/12Snoop Dogg is the coolest motherfucker on the planet. As the audience was roused by DJ Battlecat's operatic introduction of the giant, the Doggfather walked onto the stage flanked by three gorgeous dancers in Adidas jump suits to a packed house last night at the Fil ... More >>
City anthems and posse cuts definitely need to make more of a comeback, and with this unifying track celebrating the CO, SP Double, Innerstate Ike, Morning Star, Young Doe and C.Ray are doing their part to make that happen. Produced by C. Ray, "Welcome to the CO" finds these guys going hard r ... More >>
Jessica Lea MayfieldWith plenty of time to recover from the long fourth of July holiday, this weekend is shaping up to be just as good, with dozens of shows happening across the city. Tonight, Jessica Lea Mayfield makes an appearance at the Larimer Lounge with Ferraby Lionheart and Bare Bones ... More >>
NIPSEY HUSSLE KDJAbove • Mr. Midas • TC Crook Tytanik • Mid Wes T • Nyke Nitti • EC3 04.14.11 | Casselman's Bar & Venue The people got down last night at Casselmans for the Nipsey Hussle show, and not only did the West Coast performer bring out damn near every Crip in this city, ... More >>
After the untimely passing of G-Funk era staple Nate Dogg, the hip-hop community was once again reminded of its mortality. As is typical during the time of mourning, memorial funds were established for the family and loved ones of the late crooner, followed by an outpouring of benevolent memo ... More >>
Kate LevyPries doing his thing FOODCHAIN Mr. Midas, Pries, Rockie, LKeys 03.25.11 | Rockstar Lounge Last night at Rockstar Lounge, there was a plethora of rappers, instruments and singers on hand for a free show being touted as "history in the making" and featuring LKeys, Pries, Rockie, Mid ... More >>
It's a sad day for hip-hop. For anyone who was bumping gangsta rap in the early '90s, the loss of Nathanial Hale, aka Nate Dogg, is profoundly sad. Largely considered the best hook executioner in the genre, the G-Funk crooner paved the way for artists like Trey Songz, Drake and others who dom ... More >>
NOSAJ THING With Jogger • Toro Y Moi 11.20.10 | Bluebird Theater This is not a diatribe dedicated to hating on electronic music, music made via laptop, patchy synths or anything else that involves playing instrumentation off of a card table. This is simply a timeline of Saturday night's ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray Global Dance Festival Friday, July 16, 2010 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre Every year, the Global Dance Festival brings some of the best in electronic music to the best outdoor venue on the planet, and Friday night's sold-out show was no exception. Judging from the proliferation o ... More >>
Saturday, August 27, Ogden Theatre, 303-831-2525.
Low Budget Soul makes local hip-hop sound like a million bucks.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.
Singling out some exceptional singles.
Monday, September 27, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
The Hard Way (Doggy Style Records)
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas.
By aiming for the lowest common denominator, Up in Smoke went over like gangbusters.