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 >>
This Friday, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan is teaming up with DJ Premier to celebrate 4/20 with the legendary DJ Premier at the 420 Extravaganja this Friday, April 19, at HoodLab. This show marks the first time Raekwon and DJ Premier share a bill. We spoke with Raekwon about the prospect of performing ... More >>
The Midwest is the bastard child of the American rap scene at large -- unsung and independent, with a massive chip on its shoulder. The most talented artists from the Midwest have succeeded each with their own unique style and flavor, regardless of what was making money elsewhere in the country at a ... 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 >>
The art of storytelling has existed since before recorded history, so it's somewhat surprising that the practice didn't take off in hip-hop, an originally oral tradition, until the late '80s. Since rappers discovered just how captivating a well-told story could be, the storytelling track has become ... More >>
While a lot of people began celebrating Halloween this past weekend, there are still a ton of parties to check out, where you can show off whatever clever costume you dreamed up this year (we're going as either King Diamond -- or one of the baseball furies, depending how our make-up turns out). Keep ... More >>
We just received word on the lineup for New Year's Eve at City Hall and Club Vinyl. With everything else going on for the post-Mayan end of year celebration, the folks at SoCo have put together an enticing lineup this year that will one-up their New Year's Eve parties in past years, which included a ... More >>
YASIIN BEY @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/5/12 When Yasiin Bey stepped on stage at about half past midnight, the crowd was hungrily awaiting his arrival, freshly energized from an impressive set by Binary Star and ready now for the main event. Dressed in fitted white slacks, white collared ... More >>
A bunch of new dates going on sale later this week: This November, the Coup is coming to the Summit Music Hall, Killswitch Engage is due at the Fox and Interpol frontman Paul Banks is slated at the Bluebird. In December, Broncho's at the Gothic and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are at the Ogden. Finally, ... More >>
BLACK STAR @ CERVANTES' | 05.11.12 The first strains of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" started blaring through the speakers as Yasiin Bey shook himself onto the stage to thunderous screams of applause. Wielding an red old school "drop mike," the Brooklyn MC fist pumped and enticed the cr ... 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 >>
Outkast is easily one of the most noted and respected hip-hop groups in the game. Big Boi and Andre 3000 met in the East Point section of Atlanta when they were sixteen. The outfit combined funk, soul, jazz and blues influences with hip-hop lyrics on its 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillac ... More >>
SLICK RICK @ CITY HALL | 12/31/11 New Year's Eve 2011 was well under way Saturday night before Slick Rick took the stage at City Hall Amphitheater. Dipped in so much iced-out jewelry he could have fed an entire Third World country just with the diamonds in his watch, the Ruler sauntered onto the st ... More >>
What better time to dance the night away than New Year's Eve? We've curated the ten best electronic-music events for your dance-floor pleasure; keep reading to check out our picks.
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. Time to start making plans if you haven't already. (I know, right?) We just got word of dope New Year's Eve show for hip-hop heads: Slick Rick and Too $hort will be rocking the City Hall Amphitheater with a show of greatest hits. Both are legends in t ... More >>
It's November Movember, which means it's time to get your moustache on for charity. The above video pretty much sums up everything you need to know, but if you prefer reading, then know this: Grow a mustache, raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Simple enough right? Movember.Com has ... More >>
Anya StraussJoe Thunder is not a DJ. Nor is he an MC. Just the same, he's a widely recognizable figure in the local hip-hop scene, and he's equally as well regarded as those who are making the music. A tireless champion of Colorado hip-hop, Joe has been doing everything he can to help culti ... More >>
The folks at 107.1 FM/The One are trying to find a way to differentiate themselves from their competitors at high-rated KS-107.5 -- and what better way than a vibrator race between DJ Turk and Slick Rick, who co-host weeknights at The One from 7 p.m. to midnight? Only problem: YouTube disabled the a ... More >>
This rappers been doing the walk of shame for so long, it feels like a marathon.
Be there or be square!
Fast reviews of recent releases
The Cookbook (Atlantic)
RRAAHH Foundashun shows what can be done when you have more talent than money.
Original Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Interscope)
Best of Video Game Music: Hits Vol. 1 (Artemis)
Daniel Dumile isn't having an identity crisis. It just seems like it.
Friday, September 17, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
CU football grinds on under the weight of the past.
His enemies thought they could use Mike Zinna's website to destroy him. Instead, they got caught with their fax down.
His enemies thought they could use Mike Zinna’s website to destroy him. Instead, they got caught with their fax down.
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas.
When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.
By refusing to follow the flock, Ugly Duckling has emerged as a wholly individual hip-hop creature.
CU radio thrives on the AM band.
Rapper Slick Rick is back with a new album and a new tale to tell.
The B-Movie Rats want to star as the next monsters of rock.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
A look at Den One, Denver's least likely regular hip-hop party.