Underground Hip-Hop

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Director Jeff Broadway on making Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

    Known to hip-hop heads and vinyl connoisseurs as Peanut Butter Wolf, Chris Manak is a DJ and producer who founded the influential underground label Stones Throw Records. The new documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton tells the story of this nearly two-decade-old Los Angeles record label by exploring Wol ... 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

    July 11, 2013

    The ten weirdest hip-hop releases of all time

    Weird is not a bad thing. It sets you apart. So, in rap, where so often so much music sounds so much like the same thing, weird can be a part of something really, really good. It's not surprising, then, that some of the weirdest rap albums of all time have also been some of the most influential. Eve ... 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 >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows this month

    The hip-hop, as you know, doesn't stop. It's a new month, which means there's another fresh batch of dope shows for you. And trust: March has plenty of freshness on tap, from revered elder statesmen like De La Soul, Naughty By Nature and GZA to newer cats like Tech N9ne, French Montana and Kendrick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: J Dilla

    Happy birthday, J Dilla!​Ah, J Dilla. His influence and production style brought forth beatmakers carrying their backpacks filled with treasures from the basement into the mainstream. Even more so after his death. A cult-like following surrounds his legacy. Born James Dewitt Yancey in February ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Celebrate the life of J. Dilla at Beauty Bar on Tuesday night

    ​Celebrating the life and legacy of J Dilla, the super producer from Detroit, has become a yearly occurrence since his passing from Lupus in 2007. Started by New York DJ Dee Phunk, the Donuts are Forever parties have been going strong for the past five years. Recent Denver transplant, audio en ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011


    Saturday, November 12, City Hall, 303-832-8628.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Five reasons Dilla's still missed five years later

    ​ The hip-hop purists among us are very familiar with the story and legacy of James Dewitt Yancy, better known as J. Dilla. Having come up in the hip-hop underground scene in Detroit and later emerging as one of the most influential producers in hip-hop, it was Dilla's death at the height of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Cut Chemist at the Gothic, 12/10/10

    Paul LukesCut Chemist on Friday night at the Gothic Theatre.​ CUT CHEMIST J Flash • Skwared 12.10.10 | Gothic Theatre DJ Skwared took the stage at 9 p.m. Surprisingly, the kid in the Tap-Out hat knew his hip-hop. He started his set with Newcleus' "Jam On It," went into Juan Atkins' "Clear" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Cut Chemist on crate digging, Jurassic 5 and Boyd Rice

    ​Cut Chemist (real name Lucas MacFadden) has been constantly redefining the art of turntablim for the past seventeen years as a member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, in addition to being an innovative solo artist. Blending everything from funk and soul to hip-hop and bossa nova, Cut Chemist's sty ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 9, 2010
  • Music

    November 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 28, 2010


    Tuesday, November 2, Casselman's Bar and Venue, 720-242-8923.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Atmosphere at Red Rocks

    ​ Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Murs and Eyedea & Abilities Red Rocks Friday, August 14 Red Rocks giveth, and Red Rocks taketh away. The sprawling amphitheater is so storied at this point that it tests performers playing it like few venues in the country -- and not everyone passes. That was certain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Dead Weather top seller at Wax Trax

    Dead Weather's debut, Horehound, was the top seller at Wax Trax while Cage's Depart From Me came in second for the week ending July 19. Clutch's Strange Cousins From the West, J Dilla's Dillanthology 2 and Tortoise's Beacons of Ancestorship rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: ManeLine, Hip-Hop Stars React to Obama win, Shakir Stewart Suicide, Mos Def

    LOCALS ONLY Since releasing their debut album, Til Then... last year, ManeLine, which consists of Mane Rok, InkLine and DeeJay Tense, have been on a tear locally doing show after show and even helping get monthly local hip-hop nights going at Herb’s Hideout (Everybody Eats) and the Marquis Theate ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2008

    Peanut Butter Wolf

    Friday, October 10, Vinyl, 303-860-8469.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Paid Dues Festival @ Fillmore Auditorium

    Paid Dues Festival featuring De La Soul Friday, June 13, 2008 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: The wack hip-hop at KS107.5’s Summer Jam Eleven hip-hop artists in six hours: Could you ask for a better night? Not to mention, Denver is only one of four cities slated to get the Festival -- and even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Over the Weekend... Kool Keith, ManeLine and the Americans @ the Oriental Theater

    Kool Keith, ManeLine and the Americans Saturday, May 3 2008 The Oriental Theater Better than: Trying to get a cab home from the Oriental Theater. How often do you imagine meeting someone famous? Do you wonder if they’ll be nice, or a complete jackass? Likewise what about a band or musician that ... 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 26, 2007
  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Little Brother

    Monday, October 29, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399; Tuesday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 28, 2006


    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Del tha Funkee Homosapien

    Wednesday, November 1, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Dr. Octagon

    The Return of Dr. Octagon (OCD International)

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Boot Camp Clik

    Friday, July 21, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    Cannibal Ox

    Thursday, July 13, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Murs and 9th Wonder

    Thursday, April 20, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    MF Doom

    Tuesday, December 6, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    August 25, 2005


    There's more to Z-Trip than the mash-up phenomenon he helped make famous.

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Conversation Peace

    The Perceptionists are holding out for a better tomorrow.

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    DJ Z-Trip

    Shifting Gears (Hollywood)

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    Lyrics Born

    Saturday, March 12, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Doom's Day

    Daniel Dumile isn't having an identity crisis. It just seems like it.

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Love the Player is more than just a website. For some, it's a way of life.

  • Music

    May 13, 2004


    Madvillainy (Stones Throw Records)

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Rock Steady

    Don't call Aesop Rock the savior of hip-hop. He's just trying to be original.

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    Club Scout

    Del tha Funky Homosapien

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Critic's Choice


  • Music

    August 7, 2003


    Shades of Blue (Blue Note)

  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Mercy Mercy Me

    MURS is already a legend. Now if he can just get folks to stop thinking of him as the new guy.

  • Music

    January 23, 2003
  • Music

    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Black Power

    The Bay Area's Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel make hip-hop that's magically Blackalicious.

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