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Interview: James Toback

Director James Toback tackles legendary boxing champ Tyson in a new documentary
"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009

Magic man

Theo Martins kills 'em with kindness
If the first quarter of '09 is an indicator of things to come for Theo Martins the Providence-based lyricist had better buckle up for what should be the biggest year in his budding hip-hop career.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 15, 2009

One shining moment

Fairhaven grab the brass ring at the 'BRU rock hunt
Fairhaven won a tight race at the 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at Lupo's on April 4.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 07, 2009

From your biggest fan

An open letter to Canibus (sans Dido interludes)
I e-mailed but you're still not calling. (I left my cell, my office, and my home number at the bottom.) You must not have got 'em; there must have been a problem with your servers or something.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 19, 2009

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

Head of heads

Edu Leedz wraps up Boston hip-hop with Mass Movementz
Edu Leedz wraps up Boston hip-hop with Mass Movementz
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 18, 2009

Review: Afro Samurai

Beautiful bloodbath
Afro Samurai , which is based on the anime of the same title, follows Afro on his quest to find the Number Two headband.
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 17, 2009

Slay anything

Words fail the post-everything epics of Irepress
Boston's Irepress weren't supposed to be an instrumental band. What they've evolved into just happens to be too stylishly sinuous to lend itself to lots of words.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 09, 2009

Word to the mother

Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 02, 2009

Scenes 4 tweens

Troy, Gabriella, and the HSM2 crew put the music in them. Now our two quasi-theater critics are trying to get it out.
When I was a teenager, all I ever longed for was to live in a world where it was socially acceptable, nay, a social requirement , to frequently burst into song.

Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 09, 2009

Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor

Lupo's, January 2, 2009
Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 12, 2009

McCain in the membrane

The Maverick-iest candidate has hip-hop support from R.A. the Rugged Man
Four tracks into his Monday Monster Jam performance, Brooklyn rap czar Jay-Z stops the music and points to a freeze-frame image of George W. Bush on the titanic screen above the TD Banknorth Garden stage.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 03, 2008

Retro, active

The return of Von Doom
It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008

Here we go, yo

Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008

Beyond therapy

The Wackness looks back in languor
This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2008

Wu where?

Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Tommy Doyle’s
To be among 100-plus heads who rhyme along when the song asks “Remember when we licked the cream out of Suzy Qs?” induces straight-up euphoria.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 02, 2008

Pimp and circumstance

Wu-Tang Clan at Harvard University "Yardfest," April 18, 2008
Some 45 minutes into the Wu-Tang Clan’s afternoon performance in Harvard Yard, Raekwon took a moment to describe his audience.
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 22, 2008

Dance, monkey: Josh Gondelman

We put a comic on the hot seat
She’s an adorable human pod concealing an unidentifiable intergalactic devil-spawn species of peanut.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2008

Show and tell

A whole new year of live music
After a brief late-December break from the usual boatload of good shows, the flood picks up right where it left off in early January.
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 04, 2008

Too legit to quit

Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

The top 20 local albums of 2007

Here’s to the cream of a very impressive crop
Whatever you may think of Portland’s live-music scene nowadays — I’d argue it’s improving.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2007

From ’Ye to mixtapes

Hip-hop: 2007 in review
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007

Going on sale: November 9, 2007

Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
Most Serene Republic, Wu-Tang Clan, Spiritualized, and more.
By GOING ON SALE  |  November 06, 2007

Working girls

Northern State keep their raps real
Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
By IAN SANDS  |  August 14, 2007

Skill ride

Pharoahe Monch’s timely return
All it took was a Godzilla sample and a simple, forceful “Simon says get the fuck up” for Pharoahe Monch to leave his mark on hip-hop history.
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  July 17, 2007

Boston music news: June 15, 2007

Notes on Jim's Big Ego, Campaign for Real-Time, and, um, Mayor Menino
Jim Infantino of Jim's Big Ego is describing The Ego & the Oracle , a show he’s been staging Sundays at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2007

Mad scientists

Labseven finally put it all together with North Winds
Successful hip hop is all about braggadocio.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 21, 2006

The 37th chamber

Method Man, Avalon, November 7  
It’s one thing when fans go crazy over an artist who’s in town. But when the artists in question are equally mad, it can make for some explosive chemistry. Slideshow: Method Man at Avalon, November 7, 2006
By MATTHEW M. BURKE  |  November 13, 2006

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