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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

The bulletproof cred of M.O.P.

Hardcore heroes
In their decade and a half as thug-rap ambassadors, Brooklyn's Mash Out Posse have made some moves that lesser outfits might have caught shit for.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 26, 2009

The pile-up

A blizzard of new games
No longer is there an off-season or even a chance to catch our breath after the fall deluge.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 31, 2008

That’ll learn ya

Kabir schools other MCs, little kids
In eighth grade, I decided that school and hip-hop should exist separately.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2008

King Syze

Jedi Mind Tricks Presents: Labor Union | Babygrande
The Philly rhyme giant proves his worth with calculated lyrics that simultaneously touch topics and talk trash.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2008

DJ Drama

Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  December 26, 2007

War of the words

50 Cent versus Kanye West
50 Cent has a long history of initiating beefs before he releases a new album.
By RICHARD BECK  |  September 12, 2007

Production lines

Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
The guy builds songs.
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 09, 2007

Black Milk

Popular Demand | Fatbeats
After a 2006 that saw the loss of two local legends, D12’s Proof and J. Dilla, Detroit appears set for a banner year, with Black Milk leading the charge.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  March 19, 2007

Diversified incoming

A year in hip-hop
It’s a testament to the strength of hip-hop, as the medium enters its third decade, that 2006 would see such a wide range of sounds so well represented, from commercial anthems to abstract beat tapes.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 19, 2006

Larger than life

Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story worth telling.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 06, 2006

Lloyd Banks

Rotten Apple | G-Unit
Lloyd Banks has officially followed G-Unit leader 50 Cent into sophomore mediocrity.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  October 24, 2006

Big business

The majors gear up for a promising spring
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006

Dynamic duo

Termanology and Ed Rock step toward the national spotlight
It’s a late Tuesday night in February, and Lansdowne Street looks like a ghost town.
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  March 07, 2006

Bombs away

Cam’ron takes aim at the King of New York
But will Jay-Z revoke the Killer's diplomatic immunity?
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  November 21, 2008

Open M.I.C.

A new hip-hop force brings Kool G Rap to town
Boston MCs are banding together under the banner of the Mass. Industry Committee.
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  January 19, 2006

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