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upcoming concert with Homeboy Sandman at the Middle East

Homeboy Sandman rises through the hip-hop ranks

Enter MC
I knew within one minute of watching Homeboy Sandman that he would eventually command a top spot in hip-hop. It was about three years ago at the Bowery Poetry Club, and I was riding out my annual pre-Christmas mushroom bender and hip-hop scouting trip to New York City.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 28, 2011

Lizz Winstead on WikiLeaks, Obama, and Glenn Beck

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and former Air America host with Rachel Maddow and Chuck D, brings her sharp political wit to Pawtucket's Mixed Magic Theatre on August 27 and 28, for two shows each night.
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  August 25, 2010

Photos: Public Enemy: 1988-1998

 From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
From the Phoenix archives: Public Enemy through the years
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 03, 2010

Still Public Enemy #1

Twenty years after Black Planet, Chuck D continues to fight the powers that be
Don't call it a comeback tour. Or a Public Enemy reunion. Even if you snoozed on their last few discs and festival romps across five continents, Chuck D and Flavor Flav have perpetually marched forth in raucous righteousness.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 06, 2010

Fresh legends

Somebody pinch People Under the Stairs
Nine out of 10 rap legends prefer People Under the Stairs. (The holdout is a crackhead.) That's no joke — in my hundreds of interviews with dudes who brought the noise and funk before the big ship sunk ( circa 1997), California underground heroes Thes One and Double K have been as popular a subject as the exploitation of old-school luminaries.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 13, 2010

Music Seen: Brother Ali

Brother Ali, live at Asylum, November 10, 2009
Even if you've seen Brother Ali before, you have not seen the show that he played last week.
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 18, 2009

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Review: Shepard Fairey + Z-Trip + Chuck D

“Experiment Redux” | Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston | July 31, 2009
So Shepard Fairey actually made it this time. No insane, last-minute sting operations by Boston cops lurking just off the ICA’s property line. But also: no grand dramatics, either. (Like, he totally could have parachuted through a shattered skylight. In slow motion.) Fairey just showed up and did his thing.

Photos: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, Chuck D at the ICA

Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D, live at the Institute of Contemporary Art, on July 31, 2009
Shepard Fairey spins at Obey Experiment REDUX at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

Psalms For The Deaf

Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Records, Providence."
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 21, 2009

Good dirt

Davy Rothbart of Found magazine reads from Requiem on Saturday night at Precinct in Union Square
"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 06, 2009

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Cheer of a black planet

Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009

N.A.S.A. | The Spirit of Apollo

Anti- (2009)
I could fill up my allotted space by simply listing the plethora of cameos, not to mention incongruous match-ups, stuffed within this Benetton ad of a debut by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegan, a/k/a N.A.S.A.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  February 18, 2009

One for the road

Yo! Majesty, live at Harpers Ferry, January 28, 2009
It was an uncomfortable moment when Yo! Majesty took the stage — what, after all, is the quorum necessary for a show to go on when one-half of a hip-hop duo isn't there?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 03, 2009

Party like it's 1999

How to throw a wicked pisser goodbye Bush/HellObama bash
Just because you puked a lung on New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't plan another five-alarm rager this month.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2008

Joe the rapper

Joe Budden, Freeway, and the enduring authority of street rap
"One thing I've learned is that if you write about reality, you'll never run out of material."
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 17, 2008

Boom-bap diplomacy

International hip-hop hits home
With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008

If you don’t have anything nice to say . . .

Five outrageous Immortal Technique moments
Five outrageous Immortal Technique moments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008

Bigmouth strikes again

Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008


Absolute Value | Fat Beats
One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  February 26, 2008

Beyond illbient

DJ Spooky goes global
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

Saying the unspeakable

Filmmaker calls out hip-hop’s latent misogyny and racism
Former quarterback turned activist Byron Hurt brings to light gender-stereotyping views in mainstream hip-hop culture and those perpetuating them, in hopes that light will prove cleansing.
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  May 23, 2007

John Mellencamp

Freedom's Road | Universal
John Mellencamp spent his last two studio albums in experimental mode, inviting Chuck D and India.Arie aboard 2001’s Cuttin’ Heads and digging into unvarnished country blues on ’03’s Trouble No More .
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 29, 2007

Dead, or immortal?

Nas’s album title challenges a generation
When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007

URI series highlights the music of dissent

Sing it loud  
Word is getting out.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 06, 2006

Flashbacks, April 21, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006

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