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    April 28, 2014

    PHOTOS: Southern hip-hop legend Bun B makes his first Denver apperance

    It is a strange sight to see Bun B step through the curtain at the Marquis Theatre. He is the prime mover of Texas or maybe even all southern hip-hop, on a short list of the most respected MCs still working, and a leader in his city. And yet there he was, within arms' length in Denver for the first ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    OutKast is coming to Denver with the Mad Decent Block Party, tickets on sale now

    So news is spreading quickly about this year's Mad Decent Block Party, a fledgling festival tour heretofore specializing in the kinds of hip-hop and dance acts whose members were likely to be wearing floral print hats. It was mostly found in large clubs with outdoor spaces, that sort of thing. Not t ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The ten best non-rap covers of rap songs

    In the past few years, it has become fashionable for non-rap artists to cover rap songs, and it's often with an overwhelming irony. Most of the time, though, the best covers are ones that take the tune seriously enough to create something that expands on the original in a creative way. Here are the ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 8/19/13 Few bands of the past two decades have had as profound an influence on as wide a spectrum of artists as My Bloody Valentine. Not only did the landmark 1991 album Loveless have a massive impact on the group's peers at the time, but it has since influ ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Ten more (un)likely signings for Cash Money

    Cash Money Records, the label founded by Bryan "Baby/Birdman" Williams in 1991, rose to prominence in the hip-hop scene with its signing of the Hot Boys, consisting of B.G., Young Turk, Lil' Wayne and Juvenile. Since then, the group has become one of rap's premier labels, having piggybacked Lil Wayn ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    FLOBOTS @ AGGIE THEATRE | FRI, 5/3/13 Half a decade after releasing the platinum single "Handlebars," which made rounds on radios across the country, the Flobots have grown significantly, both as a musical group and as a philanthropic force within the Denver community. Since parting ways with Univer ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics: The complete list

    We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics of all time: 20-11

    We've almost reached the end of our countdown of rap's most dreadful lyrics. Think you can stomach ten more? Good. Purely by coincidence, today's selections feature some of hip-hop's most memorable scientific and mathematical gaffes. And we're not talking anything complicated, here; we mean basic ma ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    February is already off to a good start for hip-hop with a pair of great shows this past weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks and Brother Ali with Prof, Danny Brown and Evidence at Cervantes'. Even excluding those shows, the rest of the month looks to be just as enti ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The ten worst hip-hop Christmas songs

    Every holiday season, we're blessed with great renditions of classic Christmas songs to warm our spirits, but along with that also comes a lists of well meaning yuletide flops. This is especially the case in hip-hop, in which rhyming about Christmas has not always produced the best results. Here are ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Waka Flocka at Ogden Theatre, 10/25/12

    WAKA FLOCKA @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/25/12 In order for Waka Flocka and his crew to keep pace with his past appearance in the Mile High City, all they would have had to do at this is walk out on stage and perform a few hit singles. Instead, the Brick Squad Monopoly (SQUAD!) spit a rowdy, if somewhat un ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: October 22-26

    New week, whole new batch of shows. We start off the week with an absolute bang -- Sleigh Bells tonight at the Boulder Theater -- and end it with lauded locals Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing a super intimate show at the Soiled Dove Underground to raise money to give emergency aid to those ba ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Oct. 19-21

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! And what a glorious weekend it's going to be. Have you seen the forcast? What's more, the Broncos have a bye-week this week, which means there's no reason at not to get out in the sunshine during the day and then treat yourself to some shows at night. As always, we'v ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. at the Bluebird, 7/18/19

    BIG K.R.I.T. @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 7.18.19 See Also: - Big K.R.I.T. at the Marquis, 10/21/10 - Mr. Midas and Big K.R.I.T. collab on "Back On" Big K.R.I.T. calls himself the King Remembered In Time, an appropriate name, because he truly is timeless. When the big king stepped on stage, all stern-face ... More >>

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    March 3, 2012

    SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 1 travelogue

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL, DAY 1 @ VAIL VALLEY | 3/2/12It took about four bone-chilling minutes, starting at the opening of gates, to remind me of the frigid misery I signed up for again this year. Did I learn my lesson from last year in regard to snow boots, multiple layers, cash, and festival planni ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Rollin' In My '64: Ten famed (and great) rap songs about a Chevy

    Donk.​The Chevrolet car company was founded 100 years ago today to compete with the Ford Model-T. But who cares about 100 years ago? The golden age of Chevrolet was from 1960 to 1976, from the Impala to the second-generation Caprice. This writer learned to drive on a '64 Impala in various stat ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Game soundtracks like Bastion and Sword & Sworcery continue to peak on Bandcamp

    ​Long before Lil Wayne allegedly sampled a track from Sword & Sworcery, independent video-game soundtracks have consistently been topping the sales charts on Bandcamp. It's gotten to the point that when a reasonably hyped game releases a soundtrack, it's almost inevitable that it will end up i ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Review: Katy Perry at 1STBANK Center, 7/26/11

    Katy Perry last night at 1STBANK Center with Skeet Skeet and Robyn​KATY PERRY at 1STBANK CENTER | 07/26/11The crowd at Katy Perry last night was exactly as expected -- armies of sprayed and glittered bodies evoked every variation of Perry's persona over the last half-decade: girls from prescho ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Young Jeezy set to rock the Ogden on August 23

    ​Word on the street is Atlanta's cocaine rap king Young Jeezy is making his way to the Mile High City on August 23 at the Ogden Theatre. The TM103 tour is a continuation of Jeezy's "Thug Motivation" series of albums and will no doubt feature a wide array of tracks from his four studio albums a ... More >>

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    May 29, 2011

    Janelle Monae on Big Boi and what it takes to become an agent of change in the community

    Janelle Monáe (due Sunday, May 29 at 1STBANK Center with Bruno Mars and Mayer Hawthorne), like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, grew up in Kansas, and like that character, Monáe left home to go on something of a fantastic journey. But instead of Oz, Monáe landed in Atlanta, Georgia, where she met u ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Tonight: Curren$y at the Fox

    ​Earlier on in his career, Curren$y (performing this evening at the Fox Theatre with Trademark, Young Roddy, Fiend and Corner Boy P) ran with the likes of Master P and Lil Wayne, via the rappers' infamous entourage/record labels, No Limit and Young Money. Now releasing albums on his own throug ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Top five music videos based on movies

    ​Lil Wayne's delayed "6 Foot 7 Foot" video leaked and subsequently premiered yesterday. If you haven't seen it yet, let's just say director Hype Williams has outdone himself. He uses Inception as a jumping-off point, and in doing so, "6 Foot 7 Foot" joins a long list of music videos inspired b ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Twitter patter, so much chitter chatter: Cats could learn a thing or two from Chamillionaire

    ​There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.

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    January 14, 2011

    Top 5 rapper face tattoos

    ​Gucci Mane went straight from the psych ward to the tattoo parlor and came away with the confusing mess you see to the right. Lots of people have suggested this is a clear indication he got out a bit too soon, but does this really seem like exceptionally, uncontrollably rash behavior? He may ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Kid Cudi, Cee Lo, Belle & Sebastian top sellers at local stores

    ​Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, released last week on Universal Motown, debuted very strong, claiming the top slots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Records and Twist & Shout for the week ending November 14. Cee Lo Green's Lady Killer, meanwhile, issued last week on ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Aloe Blacc, Harry Nilsson, Kid Cudi 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Neil Young, Deerhunter, Blonde Redhead, Ice Cube top sellers at local stores

    ​Le Noise, Neil Young's collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois, released last week on Reprise, claimed the top spot at Twist & Shout, checked in at number three at Albums on the Hill and rounded out the top ten at Wax Trax for the week ending October 3. Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, meanwhil ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan 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?" 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 >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Best Coast, Big Boi top sellers at local stores

    ​While there weren't any unanimous winners across the board, Best Coast's debut, Crazy For You, released last week on Mexican Summer, took the top spot at Wax Trax and the tenth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending August 1. Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty, ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich, 3OH!3 top sellers at local stores

    ​While national acts like the Roots, the Black Keys and the Wolf Parade continue to be strong sellers at local record stores, local acts came in on top at two stores for the week ending Sunday, July 11. Danielle At the Sandwich, who gave an in-store performance at Twist & Shout last week, debu ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    "Hey!" by 3OH!3 and Lil Jon: Another new track from Streets of Gold Crunk Rock.?

    ​ Mystery solved: You won't find "Hey!" on Streets of Gold, and that's because it's on Lil Jon's new album Crunk Rock, released earlier this week. All right, so we already told you about 3OH!3 premiering Streets of Gold's first single, "My First Kiss," featuring Ke$ha on Monday. Evidently, i ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Did Big Boi reveal the first five singles off Sir Lucious Left Foot?

    Last night, Big Boi and his new label Def Jam hosted a listening party for the long-awaited Sir Luscious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty. The main purpose of the party was to officially release the album's first single, "Shutterbugg," which, as you can hear above, is pretty great. But in the half-ho ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Top five TV themes ripe for mashup

    Have you heard "Office Musik" yet? It's Clockwork mashing Lil' Wayne's "Hustler Musik" with the theme from The Office. It's good. So good that we listened to it about fifteen times yesterday. So good that it was Hype Machine's number one track at the same time that Entertainment Weekly wrote it up ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records again

    ​Tech N9NE's latest effort, K.O.D., grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the second week in a row, while Slayer's new disc, World Painted Blood, came in second and Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 grabbed the third slot. Michael Jackson's This is It and Say Anything's new self-titled album rounded o ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Twiztid top seller at Independent Records

    Twiztid's brand-new album, W.I.C.K.E.D., knocked the Dream's Love vs. Money down to the second spot while Jamie Foxx, Hollywood Undead and T.I. still hold top-ten positions at Independent Records for the week ending March 22. See the full breakdown after the jump.

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    March 2, 2009

    Lamb of God grabs top spot at Independent Records

    The deluxe and regular versions of Lamb of God's new album, Wrath, grabbed the top two spots on Independent Records' bestseller list for the week ending March 1. Project Pat, K'Naan, Bobby Valentino and Souljah Boy Tell 'Em also showed strong. The full breakdown is after the jump.

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    December 19, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top Ten Most Preposterous Rap 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. Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 15, 2008

    A Carmelo Anthony sighting in fan-made T.I. video

    Carmelo gets name-checked by Lil' Wayne. One of the many great things about YouTube is the ease with which fans can create their own music videos. A prime example is the clip below for "Swagga Like Us," from the massive new T.I. album Paper Trail, which comes complete with a de facto Carmelo Antho ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Scribble Jam, Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z

    LOCALS ONLY Scribble Jam is an annual hip-hop festival hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio. So why are so many Colorado hip-hop artists excited about it? Well, on October 1 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, a Scribble Jam preliminary event is being held to determine the best rapper and best producer to represe ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: The BoomBox, Lil Wayne, Young Buck, 50 Cent and Queen Latifah

    LOCALS ONLY Being a hip-hop artist in Denver is one of the toughest gigs in town. Not only is it difficult to find a venue that will allow hip-hop shows, let alone take home a piece of the bar and door, but it’s really hard to find an audience who isn’t brainwashed by the mind-numbing playlis ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Rie-Rie, Remy Ma, Suge Knight, Lil Kim, Lil Cease

    LOCALS ONLY Rie-Rie is one of the very few female rappers in the Colorado hip-hop scene and among even fewer who consistently puts out albums. In 2008, Rie Rie is trying to do it even bigger by releasing two albums at the same time. One of them, Ms. 5280, is a straight up solo project that features ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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!!!

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    June 12, 2006

    Shaul in the Family

    June 10's KS-107.5 Summer Jam at Coors Amphitheatre was not for the linguistically sensitive. F-bombs went off more frequently than Iraq IEDs during the hip-hop festival, with headliner Snoop Dogg certainly holding up his end. The D-O-Double-G's most frequent call-and-response chant was "Hell mother ... More >>

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