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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...
07.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
To promote their upcoming album, Murs For President, Murs and 9th Wonder have... released another album. They put Sweet Lord, an unreleased, 10-track collaboration recorded before President, online for free last night. No big surprises here, but fans of Murray's Revenge know what to expect from hip-hop's chocolate/peanut-butter combo: Lots of quiet-storm-smooth soul samples from 9...
Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008 (Chicago, IL)

If the touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells had existed in 1998, its line-up might have looked virtually identical to this year’s. Headliners like A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul and Mos Def were the biggest names in alternative rap a decade ago, and they remain so today. Of course, that’s as much a sad comment on the dearth of new talent in the scene as it is a testament to the headliners’ longevity, but the veterans did their best to prevent the bill from becoming a nostalgia tour. Although A Tribe Called Quest . . .
07.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Q-Tip�s The Renaissance isn�t quite rap�s Chinese Democracy�Dr. Dre�s Detox takes that dubious honor�but it�s pretty close. After a quick start to his solo career with 1999�s Amplified, Q-Tip has struggled to release any music post Tribe Called Question, seeing two completed records shelved. Even The Renaissance has been pushed back several times, and despite the leak of radio singles and ...
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...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Prophetic Bridges Milwaukee’s Disparate Hip-Hop Scenes

Like just about everything in the city, Milwaukee’s hip-hop scenes are divided by racial and geographical boundaries. Populated largely by college students and graduates, the East Side’s hip-hop scene favors conscious and alternative rap, lionizes Talib Kweli and heralds the ’90s as rap’s golden age. Milwaukee’s grittier North Side scene, on the other hand, is more in the moment, drawn toward contemporary club rap, much of it fashioned after hits from the South. Separated by just a few miles, these two scenes exist with little overlap.
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...

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