Eric K. Arnold

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  • 8 years ago | Local Wire

    Get Off the Stage is Too $hort's 17th album — not counting compilations and reissues — but it's also the end of an era. It's his last for Jive, the label he's been associated with since 1988. "I'm a legend in the game," he says on "Shi...

  • 9 years ago | Local Wire

    Ever since Buena Vista Social Club, Afro-Cuban music has been on the radar of mainstream trend spotters both old and young. Yet the majority of new releases and rereleases since BVSC have concentrated on the Caribbean side of the equation (with th...

  • 10 years ago | Local Wire

    Whether or not you consider the results "hip-hop," you've got to respect Oakland, California's Anticon collective for establishing its own paradigm. Since 1998's Deep Puddle Dynamics, the Midwestern transplant crew has branched off into numerous s...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    When it comes to rap legends, few rhymers are more legendary than Tupac Shakur, but no one is more exploited. Controversial and often contradictory while alive, he has become universally loved since his still-unsolved murder in 1996, even by those...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    2005 was a year of exploration and expansion in urban music. Against a Matrix-like background of corporate-controlled radio and TV, iPod-enabled consumers demanded more musical choices, and were rewarded by indie labels that stepped in to provide ...

  • 10 years ago | Local Wire

    This eight-song EP provides the first real indication that U.K. grime may be more than just a passing fad. South London MC Lady Sovereign, already a battle-scarred veteran at 18, has all the confidence of a sassy 28-year-old, plus the charm and ch...

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