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Southern Rap

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Bun B is playing the Marquis Theater for $5 later this month

    Let's not bury the lede here: Southern hip-hop deity and generally awesome dude Bun B is playing a show at the Marquis Theater on April 27, with FL from the Foodchain and the Reminders, and you can get in the door for $5. So yes, that probably requires some backing up. This is the third installmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    From UGK to Chief Keef: A look at the history of trap in rap and its subsequent influence on drill

    What is trap music? According to T.I., on the title track of his genre-defining Trap Muzik, it ain't no album, and it ain't no game. Indeed, the origins of trap go beyond music -- beyond even the Atlanta corners where drugs are dealt and rubberbands are filled -- into the houses where crack cocaine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Here's what boxer Mike Alvarado is listening to

    Tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, Mike Alvarado will battle Ruslan Provodnikov in a junior welterweight title bout that will broadcast live on HBO (7:45 p.m.). The hometown hero, a two-time Skyview High School wrestling champion straight out of Thornton, is an intimidating warrior. If you've seen hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    The ten best mixtape rappers of all time

    Supposedly, albums are where it's at. That's when the artist is supposed to bring their A-game, convert the doubters, all that good stuff. So why is it that a lot of the time it's the mixtapes that are the most enjoyable? Maybe it's because so many mixtapes are when artists are still building their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    The ten best "yeahs" in recent music history

    Granted sometimes invoking a pithy "yeah" in song might seem like token verbalizing just to fill in the gaps when a singer can't think of anything else to say. No argument there. Sometimes, though, a forceful "yeah" can express all kinds of raw, unbridled emotions (see James Hetfield). Uh-huh. Yeah. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The ten best mixtapes DJs of all time

    Over the last decade or so, mixtapes have revolutionized the rap game and altered how marketing in general is approached. Not only have the rappers received substantial acclaim, but the DJs have realized just as much stardom. Although there are numerous DJs -- guys like Statik Selektah, Trap-A-Holic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Which hip-hop crew is the dopest?

    Whether it's been b-boys clashing, graf artists battling or MCs matching wits, hip-hop has always been competitive. These days, the MC has taken preeminence, and the crews are more commercial. Often, they manifest as labels, but sometimes they exist less formally as collectives, such as Wu-Tang or O ... 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

    March 25, 2013

    The ten greatest southern rappers of all time

    It took a long time for the south to be recognized as a major player in the hip-hop scene, and it still has a ways to go to be held in the same regard as the East and West Coasts, but with the emergence of a new breed of countrified rappers such as Big K.R.I.T., Future, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz (and ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    T.I. at 1STBANK Center, 12/15/12

    T.I. / KS-107.5 JINGLE JAM @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/15/12 After a bit of a wait, the lights dimmed. Screams of delight filled the 1STBANK Center, fighting for preeminence in a veritable bass-made earthquake. A booming, overpowering voice delivered a fiery sermon as the man of the evening finally took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Win tickets to see T.I. at 1STBANK on Saturday

    Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, T.I.'s brand new album doesn't hit until Tuesday, but there's a solid chance you'll get to hear at least part of the record, including "Hello," the new cut featuring Cee Lo that just dropped, at 1STBANK Center when T.I. headlines KS 107.5's Jingle Jam with Lupe Fiasco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Win tix to see Big Boi at Cervantes' this Saturday

    This Saturday night, Big Boi (whom you might also know as Sir Lucious Left Foot, Daddy Fat Sacks, Antwan Patton or "that same mothafucka that took them knuckles to your eye") is coming back to Denver, this time with a backing band. We've got a pair of tickets to the show up for grabs. Continue on fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Enjoy these five dance-move GIFs from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentless wind, heavy fog, and numbing temperatures, we saw plenty of good moves last weekend -- and some r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2012

    Review: Big Boi at SnowBall Music Festival 3/2/12

    BIG BOI @ SNOWBALL | 3/2/12The purple lights cast Big Boi in a Prince-ly hue. He's leading the audience through the chorus of "Ms. Jackson" and the entirety of the crowd is bobbing around like crazy. Big Boi is leaning back, with one arm up, casually steering an invisible Cadillac at about two miles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Outkast is one of hip-hop's most successful and creative groups

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten best hip hop shows of 2011 in Denver

    Eric GruneisenTyler, the Creator at the Ogden Theatre this past October​There were so many hip-hop shows and concerts this year, it was hard to keep count. The shows of note, though, were bangers and crowd pleasers and showcased dynamic artistry. With so many epic moments (?uestLove and Jazzy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    8Ball & MJG at Casselmans Labor Day weekend

    ​Mark your calendar: On Labor Day weekend, 8Ball & MJG, the legendary Tennessee 'hood rap aficionados, are set rock Casselmans on Sunday, September 4, with cast of locals that includes Fresh Breath Committee, Young Doe, Rockie, Hynpautic, King Teff and Johnny Rocket.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Review: Disco Biscuits at Red Rocks, 5/28/11

    Disco Biscuits lived up to their headliner status at Red Rocks for their third annual Bisco Inferno​DISCO BISCUITS at RED ROCKS, 5/28/11"Comparing Red Rocks to the Ogden shows is like comparing a Mack Truck to a Tonka. Either the Biscuits were holding out, teasing everyone for the first two ni ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Janelle MonÁe

    Sunday, May 29, 1STBANK Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    May 5, 2011

    Waka Flocka Flame

    Thursday, May 5, Club Arriba, 303-232-7874.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2011

    Big Boi at the Ogden, 1/28/11

    Photo by Kiernan Maletsky​ BIG BOI With Eligh & Scarub and The Foodchain 01.28.11 | Ogden Theater Corporate sponsorship, lead by local ski and snowboard company Icelantic, brought Big Boi to Denver last night. The Atlanta rapper, who we'd venture has never set ski/board on a mountain in his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Big Boi at the Ogden: Two different perspectives informed by two different backgrounds

    ​TonightBig Boi comes to Denver for the first time in forever to play at the Ogden Theatre. We're sending two writers to cover the show, as opposed to our usual one, because they come from very different yet very important sections of hip-hop's audience. To provide some context for the review, ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    November 9, 2010

    Brian Eno, Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, Deerhunter top sellers at local stores

    ​Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Brian Eno's Warp debut released last week, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and rounded out the top five at Twist & Shout for the week ending November 7. Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being, meanwhile, continues to hold down to the top spot at Independent R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Taylor Swift: True Lil Wayne Heir

    Young Moolah, Baby​Lil Wayne sold a million copies of Tha Carter III in one week back in June of 2008. It's a nearly impossible benchmark in an era of dwindling album sales. And the day Lil Wayne was released from prison, Taylor Swift matched his feat. Actually, she surpassed it. Tha Carter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    A letter to Weezy F. Baby: Welcome back!

    Lil Wayne (aka Lil Tunechi, Weezy, Bird Man Jr., Mr. Carter) -- Thank god you're finally free! It has felt like a decade has passed in the pop world since you've been at Rikers. The Black Eyed Peas/Will.I.Am reign of Billboard terror has continued, most recently enveloping one of your own. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Sufjan Stevens, Belle & Sebastian, Lil Wayne top sellers at local stores

    ​Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz, released last week on Asthmatic Kitty, and Belle & Sebastian's latest release on Matador, Write About Love, took the top two spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout for the week ending October 17. Lil Wayne's new album, meanwhile, I Am Not a Human Being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Five lyrics T.I. may have spit to convince suicidal man to step back from the ledge

    In a audacious move yesterday, T.I. intervened and helped convince a suicidal man from leaping off a 22-story building in Atlanta that houses radio station V103. The, rapper also known as Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., reportedly caught wind of the situation on the radio and phoned in to offer his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Air Dubai, the Heyday, Bad Religion, Superchunk, Waka Flocka Flame top sellers

    ​On the heels of their dual CD release party a few weeks ago at the Gothic, Air Dubai and the Heyday claimed the top spots at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 10. Up at Album's On the Hill, meanwhile, Bad Religion topped the charts with its latest Dissent of Man, Superchunk's latest e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Air Dubai, Lil Wayne and DJ Krush 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

    August 5, 2010

    Beside Rick Ross and Big Boi, we're all listening to completely different stuff 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?" So 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross, FOE & Whygee dominate our playlists this week

    Jason StoffBig Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists.​ 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?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Big Boi hits the nail on the head with Sir Lucious Left Foot

    ​Since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below showcased Outkast's individual talents, André 3000 has generally been regarded as the auteur of the duo. And while that might be true -- André 3000 does tend to be weirder than his colleague Big Boi -- there's something to be said for consistency, as the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Lil Wayne recording from behind bars

    ​ Used to be time when a stint in the big house would put a stop to an artist's recording career. Well, today we have evidence that time has passed. Jailed rapper Lil Wayne guests on the new Drake track "Light Up (Rikers RMX)" alongside Jay Z. Only, we assume Jay Z didn't phone his verse in ov ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010
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    May 27, 2010

    Whoops, forgot about this amazing Outkast album

    ​In the year 2000, I heard my first Outkast album, Stankonia. You'll have to excuse my sheltered existence -- being a small-time kid from a small mountain town didn't exactly lend itself to being on the cutting edge.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Drake at The Ogden Theatre: A list of the ten things he loves

    Drake. Photos by Kiernan Maletsky​ Drake • Mike Posner • DJ Chonz05.17.10 | Ogden Theatre First was Denver's own DJ Chonz, who was assigned with warming up the rapidly-filling Ogden. He performed his task admirably [editor's note: with one turntable, no less], but as the first-act DJ, th ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Drake

    Monday, May 17, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    U2 grabs top spot at Independent Records

    U2's brand-new album No Line on the Horizon also claimed the top spot at Independent Records this week, bumping Lamb of God's latest down to the number-two slot for the week ending March 8. Elsewhere, Independent's top ten this week is filled out by the likes of T.I., Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and Project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    (hed) p.e.'s New World Orphans tops Independent Records' top sellers

    (hed) p.e.'s concets in Denver and Colorado Springs last week must've fueled sales of the band's latest album, New World Orphans, which was released January 13, on Suburban Noize Records. Kanye West and Ludacris also made strong showings, as did the Notorious soundtrack, which features cuts by Jay-Z ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... 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

    September 19, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DJ Vajra, Lil Wayne, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent vs. Kanye: Pt. 2?

    Photo: Resonating Art Meet DJ Vajra, your favorite DJ's favorite DJ LOCALS ONLY DJ Vajra isn't just one of the best turntablists in Colorado -- he's one of the best in the nation. Vajra was recently tapped to do a showcase at this year’s DMC World Finals at London's indigO2 on Saturday, Septemb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: BreakEfx, Nas Book, Young Jeezy, Kanye, Jay-Z

    Kanye's new single should be out soon. LOCALS ONLY Two years ago, Ray Maestas and Eppie Deleon of the famed b-boy crew GWT came together to form a new crew called BreakEFX. Enlising the kids they taught at Boulder’s Motion Underground Dance Studio, the crew has been on a tear in the local hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Out Tha Box TV, Green Lantern, Common, 50 Cent

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: 25 Colorado Rappers Spit on One Song

    Joe Thunder isn’t known for his skills behind the mic. He isn’t known for creating hot beats either. He’s more likely to just listen to records than mix and scratch them. And you’ll catch him nodding his head before he’d bust out in a backspin. So what does Joe Thunder really do? He’s a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Friday Rap-Up: Pimp C Dies, Spice 1 Shot, Lauryn Hill Still a Pain in the Ass

    For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    Pimp C, Free at Last: Remembering a Down South Legend

    I came late to the UGK party. I was out of the country for much of their rise from 1992-1995, and then I lived in Nashville, where their legend had not yet spread, until the end of 1997. Even after moving back to Houston, it took me a few years to come around to them – I had kind of soured on hip- ... More >>

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