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Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

The title of tonight’s 10 p.m. bill at the Stonefly Brewery, “A Tribute To Inspiration: An Evening of Public Enemy,” overstates its case a bit. Milwaukee’s meat-and-potatoes rappers weren’t overly inspired by Public Enemy’s riotous cacophony, as least no more than any other rappers. Nonetheless, tonight . . .
07.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It shouldn't be too surprising that Nas' untitled/N-word album has proved polarizing, but still, it's worth noting just how far over the map these reviews reach. HipHopSite, a reliable but often underrated source for rap opinions, crowned it with five stars out of five, and PopMatters raved over it, but on the other end of the spectrum, Pitchfork savaged it, and TinyMixTapes spat on it with a brut...
07.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Of all the acts playing the Rock the Bells festival in Chicago tomorrow, I�m easily the most excited for Method Man and Redman�s shared set. To blow off some of anticipation, I was going to post a couple of fun Meth and Red music videos, until I got distracted by how absolutely awful the duo�s non-musical collaborations have been. First, there was their not-particularly-good movie How ...
07.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Nothing could replace the Late Night Hype Show, one of the longest running rap radio programs in the country. With unmistakable character, that 10-year WMSE staple was a tireless advocate of underground, classic and Midwest hip-hop. But the Kid Cut Up and DJ Madhatter-hosted show that succeeded the Late Night Hype Show, which they now call Mad Kids, has quickly come into its own. Whil...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Phil Lesh, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh revisits the Dead repertoire with a rotating cast of musicians that he bills as Phil Lesh and Friends tonight at 10 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard; The Roots are the only major rap act to play Summerfest’s whitewashed line-up this year, but at least they’re an uncompromising one...
06.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Shaquille O�Neal�s widely publicized freestyle diss of Kobe Bryant was an odd reminder that although he hasn�t released an album in seven years, Shaq still hasn't stopped trying to be a rapper. Where most athletes-turned-rappers quickly get the message that they should stick to their day job, Shaq has been aggressively oblivious. Throughout the �90s, he released rap records at a steady clip, alm...
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....
05.26.2008 | | 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...

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