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06.19.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The new Girl Talk album arrived online today, just in time for the summer grilling /cruising/reveling-on-the-front-porch season. Feed The Animals doesn�t deviate from the Night Ripper template�it�s another balls-out, hour-long stream of mashed-up pop hits from both today�s charts and Now That�s What I Call Music compilations of yore�but it may even be a slight improvement over its highly hyped p...
06.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As if to preemptively silence critics who thought he’d tone down his act for the suits, Lil Wayne’s studio-polished new album Tha Carter III, already set to be one of the year’s best-selling releases, is every bit as odd as Wayne’s unregulated mixtapes, and at times more so. Where on mixtapes Wayne slowly exposes his skewed world view and runaway imagination through colorful, impress...
06.12.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Did the manufactured controversy over Ludacris' booking last year at Summerfest make event organizers more reluctant to book rap acts this year? Pick up a copy of the Summerfest guide in this week's Shepherd and judge for yourself. You can count the number of major hip-hop acts performing this year on one finger....
05.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Rusty Ps will release their latest CD the way I always imagined Jimmy Buffet would: On a boat. The long-running Milwaukee hip-hop group's Unreleased Sweetness: Vol. 1 will be given away to patrons attending the band's Saturday performance on the Iroquois cruise ship. If the weekend weather is as nice as forecasters are predicting, this should be a great deal: $25 for a boat ride, concert and C...
05.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Memorial Day marks not only the official start of summer, but also the official start of �sit on your porch while listening to music from a boom box with questionable audio� season. Seriously. It�s on most calendars�look it up. If you�re looking for some song suggestions to pad your personalized porch-rocking mix CD, here are 10 can�t-miss tracks that, for various reasons, scream summer. Break out...
04.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Here�s how The Roots� latest album could have sounded: Yes, that song, �Birthday Girl,� featuring Fall Out Boy�s Patrick Stump, was actually intended to be their latest album�s first single. Wisely, it was cut from the album all together. But here�s a song that did make Rising Down's cut: I�d love to be a fly in the wall during the marketing sessions for this album...
04.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Perhaps he really is a free speech advocate, or more realistically he's just pushing-buttons to generate interest in his upcoming album the same way he did with his contentiously titled last one, Hip-Hop Is Dead. Either way, it looks like Nas is going through with his plans to release Ni**a. The first song leaked from that impending disc, "Be a Ni**a," drops the N-word as much as you'd expect�...
Friday, March 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10:00 PM

Perhaps it’s Eyedea’s chameleon-like ability to adapt that made him such a successful freestyle battle champion early in his career. The Twin Cities rapper is as equally adept at playing the role of the jocular rabble-rouser as he is the stern, introspective backpack rapper or the infuriated, politically minded . . .
Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

The Newark, N.J.-based alternative hip-hop group Dalek has made a career out of defying expectations of what rap music should—or should not—sound like. On record, the band has managed to meld such disparate influences as Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine and Jesu to create a sound that remarkably coheres into something all its own. There is a sense that group members truly love all forms of underground music, and it comes across on their albums. With the horrors of the unholy late- 1990s “rap-rock” phenomenon quickly dissolving from our collective cultural memory, Dalek allows us to fully see the artistic benefits of indiscriminate genre-hopping. Yet the act of reproducing recorded rap tracks in a live setting is a skill that has eluded even some of the most gifted performers, and judging from its recent Cactus Club performance, even Dalek finds it difficult.
02.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�and here I was thinking Nas� album would be the most controversial release of the year. In The Roots' amazing/frightening new video for �75 Bars,� Black Thought drops more N-bombs than a Quentin Tarantino film as the band brutally beats a kidnapped white man, dousing him in gasoline and lighting a match. Who is this anonymous victim? We�re never told, but judging from the horror on his ...

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