Old School Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Start the Way You Think it Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Crack is wack: The ten best musical motivational messages from 1980s and 1990s

    Remember back in the day when you got home from school all psyched to watch some sweet, violent cartoons only to find that the dreaded After School Special? Buzz kill. It was even more of a bummer when our musical heroes took it upon themselves in the '80s and '90s to urge us all to lay off the reef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The man behind the mask: Forget about Who Killed Jigaboo Jones -- who is Jeff Campbell?

    Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    The ten most underrated rappers of all time

    What contributes to a rapper's underrated status? Is it the unwillingness to compromise? The inability to compromise? An early demise? Bad promotion? Possibly all of these things and more? Whatever the case, with these rappers, it's certainly not for a lack of talent. We put together a list of the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Ten best hip-hop Christmas songs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    MC Lyte questions the current state of hip-hop

    Last night at Auraria, MC Lyte shared her views on the current state of hip-hop, a broad range of topics ranging from the diminishing role of females to the dwindling voice of hip-hop overall and its lackluster effectiveness to her personal triumphs and downfalls. With style and grace, she left many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    MC Lyte and Crazy Legs to visit for Sankofa Lecture Series, inaugural Hip-Hop Legacy Literacy Conference

    Hip-hop and it still don't stop. This afternoon at 1 p.m., the inaugural Hip-Hop Legacy Literacy Conference kicks off with a screening of Ice-T's Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap documentary in the St. Cajetan's building on Auraria, and tomorrow, the Sankofa Lecture Series welcomes its fall ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Karl Denson on musical roots, moving on after Lenny Kravitz and creating Beastie Boys tribute

    Karl Denson (due on the main stage at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase) is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped the musician from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Photos: The Beastie Boys in Denver, a visual history from the archived newspaper ads

    By all accounts, the Beastie Boys performed in the Denver metro area ten times over the course of two decades, beginning with the act's first show at the Mammoth Events Center on Friday, February 13, 1987, and culminating with its Rock the Vote double bill at the Fillmore with Tenacious D on Monday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Beastie Boys Check Your Head turns twenty

    See Also: • Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 • Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 • More Today in History posts When the '80s became the '90s, everyone stepped up their game. Rap matured lyrically and became more sophisticated sonically, while rock became more intelligent and emotionally r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2011

    Review: Salt-N-Pepa at the Gothic, 12/17/11

    ​Salt-N-Pepa brought the noise last night at The Gothic Theatre for Jammin' 101.5's Twas the Jam Before Christmas. The house was packed and both Salt and Pepa looked amazing in bedazzled outfits and gold rope chains. The two took us down hip-hop memory lane with big smiles, old school dances a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011


    Saturday, December 17, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force's Planet Rock: The Album is 25 years old today

    "Party people! Party People! Can y'all get funky?" You already know what it is as soon as the first twinkling bells, crowd screams and intergalactic beat drops for Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force's cult hit, "Planet Rock." Get your ass to the nearest dance floor and do an old school dance, stra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    In honor of Hot Sauce Committee Part Two: A look at the Beastie Boys' top five videos

    ​The Beastie Boys have been shaking our ear drums with their mind-blowing rap, hilarious and brilliant lyrics, and daring beats since the '80s. Over the weekend, the crew premiered its new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (streaming below), at Madison Square Garden, center court. That momen ... More >>

  • News

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    The Beastie Boys's "Fight For Your Right - Revisited" trailer is awesome

    The Beastie Boys.​The Beastie Boys have been men for quite some time now, but they've clearly never lost their sense of playfulness. The group's long-anticipated upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (no, you didn't miss part one), is shaping up to be quite an event, judging by the just-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Hip-hop's ten most impactful deaths

    ​Today marks the anniversary of the day that the world lost the greatest rapper of all time. Christopher Wallace's untimely death on March 9, 1997, had a significant impact on the rap game. If Biggie had lived, for instance, his presence would have essentially erased the need for Jay-Z. Unstop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Rev Run on Auraria campus today

    Britt Chester​ Reverend Run was on the Auraria campus today talking all about how he parlayed his position from a life of 'hood proportions, growing up in Hollis, Queens, to one of an almost royal standard. Using his inspirational synthesis, which, if you follow him on Twitter, you can spot f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Mane Rok and Dee Jay Tense to donate proceeds to Kool Herc to help offset medical bills

    ​As you might have heard, Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell), father of the breakbeat and master hip-hop visionary, was hospitalized over the weekend. Since news of his illness and subsequent trouble covering medical costs first dropped on DJ Premier's blog, there has been an outpouring of support ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010


    Friday, July 9, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Giving The Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty another shot after a dozen years

    ​ I remember Hello Nasty's release with remarkable clarity. I was working as a pizza-cook in Lyons -- my boss, a pseudo-ex-hipster type with a goatee and a drinking problem bought the album the day in came out. He was a huge Beastie Boys fan, as well as an unfortunate influence on my musical ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    James Pants

    Wednesday, December 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Freeloader: Fresh Breath Committee CD release at the Fox tonight

    ​The other significant local hip-hop release this evening comes from the Fresh Breath Committee, who also took time to mix it up with us this week. It's pretty safe bet that all the local heads that aren't at the hi-dive will be at the Fox Theatre in Boulder for the release of CPR, the outfit's fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Rooting around Root Down

    We're still looking for a revised opening date for Root Down, the new restaurant coming to 33rd and Osage. But in the meantime, we have two updates: Yesterday, the original opening date, they were putting in grass (!) around the former service station, which will have a great outdoor deck and garde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: DJ Low Key, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Buckshot, Dr. Dre

    Locals Only DJ Low Key is doing big things in Denver right now. The last year was a big one for the Basementalism Radio Show alum and 2008 is looking to be just as big. He ended 2007 having his mixtape Median’s Relief in the Making (hosted by 9th Wonder) on several critical year-end lists and he ... More >>

  • 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!!!

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Aural Pleasure

    The talented tongue of Atmosphere goes to work.

  • Music

    March 16, 2006
  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Four elements make one movement.

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Club Scout

    Das EFX

  • Music

    May 24, 2001


    The Sneak Attack (Koch)

  • Music

    April 12, 2001

    Back That Smut Up

    As the Smut Peddlers, members of the High and Mighty hip-hop crew find new life in porn.

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Scratch It Up

    The steel wheels keep turning in the DMC turntable battles.

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Break Out

    The beat of the street makes the Freestylers feel like dancing.

  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    Seasoned Performers

    Salt-N-Pepa are still capable of spicing up your life.

  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    Rap Gets Puffy

    Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head.

  • Music

    March 6, 1997

    Run, Reverend, Run

    Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.

  • Music

    January 3, 1996



  • Music

    July 13, 1994
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