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  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    It's hard not to admire the audacity of an artist who, after clawing his way up from the underground to the brink of the big time, not only makes his would-be breakthrough a half-tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller and a half-parody of it but al...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    It's a tad disconcerting to hear Mariah Carey's once-unrestrained voice squeezed through producer T-Pain's trademark auto-tune warble machine. "Migrate" kicks off E=MC², Carey's 11th album, and you could call it a symbolic moment: the final t...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    In a recent interview, Wyclef Jean managed to sum up, in just a few words, the very thing fans both admire and abhor about the former Fugee. Bubbling over with understandable enthusiasm for Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, the star-studd...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    It was, according to no less an authority than the New York Times, the year rap went regional. There was plenty of recent evidence to support this claim, beginning with the suddenly paltry record sales racked up by some of hip-hop's heaviest weigh...

  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    The nine gunshot wounds and subsequent bragging rights at Shady still belong to 50 Cent, but Obie Trice now carries in his skull a bullet (from a violent encounter last New Year's Eve) and a memory (of his late labelmate Proof). Unlike the larger-...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    If they ever again shoot a capsule into space containing artifacts designed to explain life on Earth to other worlds, they'll have to make room on board for all 12 volumes of Hip-Hop Essentials. It's hard to imagine a better explanation of hip-hop...