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04.22.2014 | 92 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Since the genre’s earliest days, MCs have described rap as poetry, an assertion that once seemed bold but now seems indisputable. Of course rap is poetry. It's a uniquely insular strain of poetry, though, more interesting in quoting itself and inventing its own language and traditions than it is in quoting the classics, so it’s rare to find a rapper who cites literary poetry as a direct influe...
12.03.2013 | | Posted at 10:00 AM

Rare tracks from MF Doom and Lauryn Hill are coming to vinyl

By Evan Rytlewski
Milwaukee's Dope Folks Records launched several years ago with the mission of pressing rare, unreleased and long-of-print hip-hop to vinyl; in the process they've revealed how vast and rich the genre's vaults are. Most of their releases are from '80s and '90s rappers without much name recognition, acts like Poetic Menace and Reggie Capers, but a couple of their upcoming releases have a little bit ...
07.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
My wrap-up of this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival is posted here, but here are some extra assorted thoughts and observations: * Time Out Chicago cashed in on the Pitchfork crowd with a ridiculous cover asking: "Indie Culture: Does It Still Have Indie Cred?" * Everyone over drinking age has a "Man, I feel old moment" at Pitchfork. Mine came when The Thermals covered Nirvana's...

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