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03.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The thrill of the Internet's all-you-can-eat buffet of mixtapes wears off soon after discovery, when most mixes quickly begin to bleed together into one big, undistinguished ball, but the latest 2 Hungry Bros mix, My Crew's All Thinner, stands out-it's one of the handful of mixes that attempts something genuinely different. That it makes such an impression is remarkable given the dearth of big-nam...
02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
There's a great moment on Joe Budden's new album�actually, there are a lot of great moments on Joe Budden's new album, this one just struck me as particularly novel�where on the penultimate track Budden prays for understanding. You don't need to be a Ja Rule completist to know how these songs usually play out: The troubled rapper confesses and is granted implicit salvation, playing out the classic...
01.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Pollstar and the group's own tour information may report otherwise, but Yo Majesty will not be performing at the Turner Hall Ballroom next Tuesday. I'm guessing I'm not breaking a lot of hearts with that announcement. Though the hip-hop duo has received a lot of easy press for their personal backgrounds (they're Christian lesbians), most of it ignores how their music is actually pretty...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

Saves the World, One Rap Song At a Time

Gambit is summarizing the namesake for his 12member rap group, the Marvel Comics crossover epic House of M. “Basically, there’s this character, the Scarlet Witch, who can change realities and probabilities,” he explains. “She has this big mental breakdown, and she ends up changing the whole Marvel world. It’s up to all the superheroes in the Marvel universe to band together and get the world back to normal. As his X-Men-derived alias suggests, Gambit has a passion for comics in general, but this particular story line has special relevance for him. “It symbolizes our group,” he says.
11.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
After a day's delay, DJ Drama finally posted the latest Lil Wayne mixtape, Dedication 3, on his Web site this afternoon. It's streaming for free now, and will also be available for download once some (significant) technical errors are worked out. (2dopeboyz has also posted a link to download, but that too requires some patience.) Dedication 3 is a 23-track beast, well worth the wait, ...
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the U.S. Cellular Arena - 7:30 p.m.

The rappers appearing at V100’s latest Jamfest, Lil Boosie, Yung Berg and Hurricane Chris, are uniformly shrill, arrogant and odious—traits that all of them have leaned on to turn out some improbably good singles. Louisiana crunk tot Hurricane Chris’ defining single is “A Bay Bay,” a schoolyard chant with a whizzing synth line and a nagging chorus that taunts the listener long after the song ends. The low-budget “A Bay Bay” sounds like it was recorded in the backseat of a Buick compared to co-headline Yung Berg’s...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
Angela Pusateri, 79, maybe unconventional, but according to her 13-year-old granddaughter, Jenna, “She really is a cool grandmother.” Pusateri, who lives in Hallandale Beach, Fla., is a rapper—and even has a new CD, Who’s Your Granny? When performing live, she wears a hockey jersey, jewelry, sunglasses and baseball cap.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 10 p.m.

One of the Twin Cities’ best known emcees and one of its best known DJs, respectively, Eyedea and Abilities return to Milwaukee with their polished two-man act of sly, subversive battle raps and quick, beat-changing cuts. A trio of Milwaukee hip-hop mainstays have come out for the duo’s 10 p.m. show at the Stonefly Brewery tonight: The Rusty Ps, Kid Cut Up and King Hell Bastard will all open...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Rap stardom, club culture and alternative rock

Our conversation is painful, marked by enough long pauses to fill an entire season of "The Office." Pharrell Williams, the singer and public face of N.E.R.D., is normally the chatty one, but right now he's so disinterested in my questions that he's making his less talkative bandmate Shay answer them from a third phone line. Though he struggles to be polite, Shay prefaces many of his short answers with a barely disguised sigh. "Hey, P, you still there?"
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Kanye West cemented his star-making reputation when he produced Common’s 2005 hit Be, a soulful, down-to-Earth album that resuscitated Common’s career after 2002’s ambitious but muddled Electric Circus. Common teamed up with West again for much of 2007’s Finding Forever, a respectable sequel that never fully captured the simple charm of Be, but for Common’s upcoming album, Universal Mind Control, the conscious...

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