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Southern Rap

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    January 22, 2014

    Here's Why You Shouldn't Have Your Kids Help With Your Book About Hip Hop

    [In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I am working on a new book. I cannot say too much about it yet, other than: 1. it's with the same company that published Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book. 2. it will be a real act ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    The 2014 Coachella Lineup Has Been Announced--and It's Good!

    Let me speak on behalf of everyone by saying "whoa, the 2014 Coachella lineup came out early." The news is still pretty fresh--Coachella sent out the lineup email a little after 9 p.m. last night, causing the internet to blow up as usual. It's tough to see beyond the headliners--though you should be ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Lil Wayne - Celebrity Theatre - 9/3/2013

    Lil Wayne Celebrity Theatre September 3, 2013 (View the full slideshow.) Few critically acclaimed artists make critics reevaluate that acclaim as frequently as Lil Wayne. Not in the sense that some of his albums are better than others--in the sense that some of his choices are so strange that they ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Lil Wayne's Charity Concert in Phoenix Postponed... for One Day

    This week's Lil Wayne show started out weird--in a smaller venue than you'd expect Lil Wayne to play, with less than a month's notice, for the benefit of a charity--and it looks like it will finish weird, too: Monday night, with fans lined up outside Celebrity Theatre waiting for the doors to open, ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Lil Wayne Is Playing Phoenix in Less Than a Month (for Charity)

    Well, this is a surprise: Lil Wayne, just three years removed from a career-making feature in Weezer's "Can't Stop Partying," is playing Phoenix on September 2, just over two weeks from now. Tickets--$50 each, all proceeds benefiting the conveniently named Carter Fund--go on sale tomorrow morning at ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013
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    November 15, 2012

    New Phoenix Mixtape Pairs T.I., Lil Wayne, and E40 with Phoenix Rappers

    Rapper T.I. must have seen something he liked when he stopped by Phoenix this past weekend. His Atlanta-based record label Grand Hustle is showing Arizona some love with a new mixtape, The Phoenix Edition Mixtape. The 17-track release showcases some of the Valley's up and coming hip-hop acts inclu ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest -- our top five must-see shows this week.

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 25, 2012

    Phoenix's Jae E Teams with E40 to "Go Get It"

    Southern rap is a ubiquitous force in hip-hop, a dominating sound that influences the rest of the nation. Phoenix-based rapper hails from New Orleans, where the sounds he heard profoundly influenced the sound displayed on "Go Get It," his collaboration with revenue retrievin' star E40 and Thaddeou ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    What's Selling: Zia Record Exchange Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Feliz año nuevo, friends. The first What's Selling list of 2012 is full of familiar faces, with Drake's Take Care owning the numbe ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Phantogram's Josh Carter on Sticky Fingers, Coachella, and the "Mouthful of Diamonds" Cocktail

    ​Phantogram is hitting the road in support of the follow up EP, or "mini-EP" as guitarist Josh Carter likes to call it, to the group's dynamic debut LP, Eyelid Movies. Last year, this trip-hop group played a packed show at Rip's Ales and Cocktails for Sticky Fingers. This time around, the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The Knux Kick Off US Tour at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar

    ​It's a pretty common complaint around town that awesome acts often skip Phoenix on tour. Well, here's a story that argues the opposite. New Orleans-based rap duo The Knux are kicking of their tour here in the Phoenix Metro, at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar on Tuesday, November 8. The band often gets c ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    What's Selling: Zia Record Exchange Top 10 Selling Albums of the Week

    ​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. It's not very surprising that Lil Wayne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers topped the sales charts at Zia Record Exchange last we ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    August 25, 2011
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    August 18, 2011
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    July 21, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    Phoenix Hip-Hop Duo The New F.O.'s Nab Licensing Deal with MTV Networks' Hype Music

    The New F.O.'s EP Real.Life.Feel.Good.​According to its own polished hype, the aptly named Hype Music is "a remarkable talent-incubating, hybrid, music licensing company fueled by some of the world's hottest, emerging, independent artists." But Hype may just live up to its name. The comp ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Lil Wayne Considering Retirement After Releasing 'Tha Carter IV'

    ​Lil Wayne is considering retiring after he releases his upcoming album Tha Carter IV, according to One Thirty BPM.Just when I was nearly convinced that Lil Wayne would release more Roman numeral-labeled Tha Carter albums until I die, Weezy decided he will possibly call it quits.Part of the reason ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    The Top Ten Lamest, Most Overplayed Hip Hop Songs from the Late 90's

    Can't stop, won't stop​​Inspiration comes from many different places, the radio being one of them. While carousing around town in my hooptie the other day, the Notorious B.I.G./Puff Daddy/Mase 1997 classic "Mo Money, Mo Problems" came on over my speakers, much to my odd delight. After I was done ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Lil Wayne's "John" Video Premieres Today, Showcasing Spare Tires, Knife-Wielding Strippers, and Rick Ross in a Wheelchair

    Wikimedia Commons/RJ ShaughnessyLil Wayne​Lil Wayne's new video, "John," premieres today. Weezy's latest visual opus finds the rapper in an abandoned warehouse, outside on a dock, on top of a mountain of car tires, and surrounded by bats, while guest rapper Rick Ross rolls around in a wheelchair ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Lil Wayne at U.S. Airways Center Last Night

    Maria VassettLil Wayne performing at U.S. Airways Center last night.​Lil Wayne US Airways Center, Phoenix Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Lil Wayne has entertained the idea of morphing from a rapper into a full-fledged rock star for a few years now. Why would one of the world's most successful rappers wa ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Travis Barker Calls His Critics Nazis

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is not responding well to those who have critiqued his new solo album, Give the Drummer Some, according to Spinner.Many fans of his work with Blink-182 have recently expressed that they don't particularly care for his solo work. Barker responded by calling his crit ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    February 22, 2011

    Ciara Would Be Happy to Break from Her Record Label

    ​Ciara is down for getting dropped by her record label, according to Billboard. The hip-hop star has shot down rumors that Jive Records has dropped her. However, she said that she wouldn't be opposed to the company doing so. Over the last two years she has experienced substantial artistic limita ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 8, 2010

    T.I. - How Life Changed

    ​Song: T.I., "How Life Changed" Context: Everyone's apparently too busy wetting themselves over the new Kanye West record that they're not thinking much about the fact that T.I. just dropped a new album, No Mercy, yesterday. It's excellent. This track, "How Life Changed," stands up to anything ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Rap Songs Fit for a Tea Party: Hip-Hop Songs with a Right Wing Bent

    ​Maybe you've heard: Today is election day.This year's election is a little different than the 2008 one, though. It seems not everyone is happy with the progress the Kenyan/Indonesian/Martian guy who usurped the presidency has been making toward converting our economy to socialism. Crazy, right? S ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Chandler

    ​Tennessee pop rockers Kings of Leon were what people wanted most this week at Zia Records Chandler.Indie hipsters Steel Train's self-titled album from earlier this year was a hot item. The album Lil Wayne wrote from prison was in pretty high demand as well. The latest release from the hardcore sc ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Gorillaz Leader Damon Albarn on Pacific Ocean Garbage, Pop Music and (Not Knowing Who) T.I. (is)

    ​There really is a plastic beach. Not with Lou Reed and a bunch of cartoons making hip-hop music -- that's just a fictional backdrop for the third Gorillaz record -- but in the Pacific Ocean, where a soupy mixture of oceanic garbage has massed together to form something scientists have named the ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Nas & Damian Marley - "My Generation" (feat. Joss Stone & Lil Wayne)

    ​Song: Nas & Damian Marley, "My Generation" (feat. Joss Stone & Lil Wayne) Context: With Nas and Damian Marley bringing their "Distant Relatives" project to Tempe next week I thought I'd check it out. This is exactly what I expected: Nas throws everything and anything at the wall and nothi ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    T.I. - "Outro"

    ​Song: T.I., "Outro"Context: Really loving Fuck A Mixtape. As always plenty of real talk from T.I.P. -- love the barcode bit. T.I. - "Outro" by cizmar

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    September 2, 2010

    T.I. Sticking to His Motto, "Live Your Life:" Arrested for Alleged Drug Possession

    Tiny and T.I.​T.I. has been arrested! Already? What took so long? Cue the sad trombone noise. TMZ broke the news early this morning that the Atlanta-born rapper and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris were pulled over late last night on Sunset Boulevard by an L.A. County Sheriff for making an illegal ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Gucci Mane ft. Swizz Beatz, "Gucci Time"

    ​Song: Gucci Mane ft. Swizz Beatz, "Gucci Time"Context: Just got an advance copy of the new Guc record, The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted. This is the first single. Hands up: It's Gucci time. Gucci Mane ft. Swizz Beatz "Gucci Time" by Warner Bros. Urban

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    August 23, 2010

    What's Selling: Zia Records Phoenix

    ​The music lovers who frequent Zia Records in Phoenix tend to favor heavier fare -- typically metal and hip hop. But they always pepper in a few surprises. While the latest from Bun B comes out on top this week, The Black Keys slide right in the middle. The newest Arcade Fire record that indie-hip ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    B.o.B: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

    ​By now you've most likely heard the song "Nothin' On You" by Atlanta-based MC B.o.B.If you haven't, then get out from under the rock you've been calling home the past two months. The track has been all over the airwaves and on Youtube, actually prompting B.o.B's label to bump up the release date ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    March 17, 2010

    Stripper Songs: Sapphire of Diamond Jack's Gentlemans Club

    Click "More" for an undistorted peek.​There's no shortage of strip club action in the Valley of the Sun. From high-end gentleman's clubs like Christie's Cabaret and Le Girls Cabaret to the low-rent flesh parlors of the West Valley's skeezier industrial neighborhoods, Phoenix is definitely skin cit ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    T.I. Proves Why He's the King

    It's been an interesting career for Bankhead/Atlanta-based rapper T.I. He's currently weathering the brunt of charges brought against him for illegally owning three unregistered firearms, a part of his life he was not shy to mention while onstage at the Celebrity Theatre on Sunday night. He's not st ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Over the Weekend: NBA All-Star Weekend

    All-Star Weekend brought us many things. There was the Arizona Porn Star Ball, a Playboy party and of course that amazing game. Check out the highlights from the weekend. T.I., Juice and Pokafase at Celebrity Theatre 2009 NBA All-Star Game: Defense (For a Change), Jumpshots, and Forced Drama T.I. ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Lil Wayne Very Late, Very Predictable at US Airways Center

    Things I witnessed while waiting nearly two hours for Lil Wayne to perform at US Airways Center on Wednesday night: An impromptu routine by all of opener T-Pain's assortment of dancers, including two midgets, a fire-eating contortionist, two dudes with their faces painted like Juggalos and two of (w ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    In ESPN Super Bowl Blog, Lil Wayne Sides With State That's Prosecuting Him

    Arizona may be prosecuting Lil Wayne on felony weapons and drug charges, but the popular rap artist has no qualms with picking Arizona to win the upcoming Super Bowl.In his ESPN blog today, Lil Wayne writes that the Cards are going to take the Steelers "by 14 to 17 points. A lot of people will think ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    The Year in Music: 2008's Top Ten Pop Songs

    By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The follo ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    Lil Wayne Alive and Present at Yuma Court Hearing Today

    A Yuma deputy prosecutor and Lil Wayne's co-counsel confirmed for New Times today that the rap star was present for a court hearing in his drug possession case, despite Internet rumors that he had died.

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    November 5, 2008

    T.I., John Legend, Lil Rob, And Pink Are Just Some Of What’s Selling At Circles Records & Tapes

    By Benjamin Leatherman Hip-hop, R&B, and other urban jams have always been big sellers at Circles Records & Tapes, 800 North Central Avenue. So it’s only natural a majority of the shop's top 10 best-selling albums for this week are chartbusters from those genres. For instance, the No. 1 album ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    What's Selling: Circles Records & Tapes

    By Benjamin Leatherman Hip-hop and R&B are king at Circles Records & Tapes, 800 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, as evidenced by the store's top 10 best sellers for the week of August 25-31. Here's what's poppin: 1. The Game, L.A.X. (Geffen) 2. Immortal Technique, The 3rd World (Viper) 3. Ice Cu ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    What's Selling: Circles Records & Tapes

    By Benjamin Leatherman Here’s a list of what’s been selling at Circles Records & Tapes (800 North Central Avenue in Phoenix). 1. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (Cash Money) 2. Suga Free, Sunday School (Siccness) 3. The-Dream, Love Hate (Def Jam) 4. Roca Dolla, Roca Is a Classic (5Fith Coas ... More >>

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    February 14, 2007

    Valentine's Day Massacre

    Xpoz Magazine, mediocrity personified As I told you about last week, I spent this last weekend at the G-Unit/Money Management One Stop Shop producer's conference, where I ran into a grip of players in various factions of the local hip-hop industry, including local rag Xpoz Magazine. Xpoz, which ha ... More >>

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