The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has brought an influx of musicians to Colorado. Some are interested in participating in the changing culture and some just want to experience the novelty of buying legal weed. They get to check out Colorado's newest retail product; we get more conce ... More >>
The Amendment 64 task force recommended allowing out of staters to buy cannabis in Colorado -- and if the legislature agrees, the decision would open the door to pot tourism. But the folks behind a company called My 420 Tours aren't waiting for lawmakers to sign off. They're actively promoting an A ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
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 >>
LOCALS ONLY The online Colorado hip-hop show Out Tha Box TV will celebrate two years on air next month and they’re beginning their third year with a bang. The online show will be heading to television sets on May 14 on the ION Network at 3 p.m. “We were looking for a station that was on the move ... More >>
From the week of August 19, 2004
Chilltown, New York (Universal Motown)
Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
With a new full-length album and his own record label, Denver rapper Don Blas is lighting up the local hip-hop scene.
DJ Spooky is writing one of hip-hop's most mesmerizing chapters.
Run-D.M.C. has seen the light--and wants to show it to you.