Underground Hip-Hop

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    November 13, 2014

    Video: Run The Jewels Meet the Guy Behind the Cat Meow Remix Kickstarter

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'BhOGZvcTq2CS0i87qMFZeV0NTkunQGs3'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video It's clear that El-P and Killer Mike, the explosive rap duo that make up Run The Jewels, give a shit about their fans. You need look no further than how they h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Run the Jewels Talks Police Brutality and Cat Meow Remixes

    Some matches are made in heaven -- others, like Run The Jewels, are made in the murky, underwater trenches of underground hip-hop. Named after a verse in LL Cool's J "Cheesy Rat Blues," RTJ swerves like a great white shark -- sleek as hell, just don't get caught in those teeth. This isn't the firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    First, the binge. Inevitably, the come down. This past weekend was a veritable musical orgy, as a flood of touring and national bands came through Phoenix. This week, things are a little drier. Check out our five favorite shows happening this week, and browse our comprehensive concert listings for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    7 Best Shows to See This Weekend

    In summertime, when we put together this list of best shows to see in Phoenix on any given weekend, we don't have very many options. It can be slim pickings for live music around here when it hits triple digits. Not this week. There are more concerts than you could possibly hope to see this weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    5 Best Jurassic 5 Songs

    Jurassic 5 are alternative hip-hop pioneers. Their influence can be heard in the beats and verses of mainstream rap icons like OutKast all the way to local hip-hop groups like Phoenix's own Drunken Immortals. Though the band has never once gone platinum and have only once gone gold, their reunion wa ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2014
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    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Murs Says Don't Write Music If You "Don't Have Shit to Say"

    In this week's issue, we profile Arizona-based rapper Murs. Some great stuff got left on the cutting-room floor, so in this installment of Outtakes, we'll crack open the tape recorder and let a whole bunch of good material that didn't make the print edition see the light of day. One of rap's great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Visual Hip-Hop Duo Hobo Stew Has Come Choice Words to Live By

    Thanks to the popularity of the programs such as Photoshop, everyone in this day and age feels like they can become a media design mogul with purchase of a camera and a few ideas. What very few realize is that it takes much more than a few hours in front of a computer to really set yourself apart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    El-P and Killer Mike, Crescent Ballroom, 6/25/12

    El-P and Killer Mike Crescent Ballroom Monday, June 25 Brooklyn indie rap lynchpin El-P and Atlanta journeyman Killer Mike are kind of on top of the world right now. There's nothing like seeing two dudes with critically-acclaimed new albums on the same bill, popping in on each other's tracks and sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    El-P's Dystopian Hip-Hop is No Sci-Fi Fantasy

    Brooklyn-based rapper El-P has had a tumultuous last few years. After reaching the Billboard Top 100 in 2007 with I'll Sleep When You're Dead, he lost his friend and musical collaborator Camu Tao the next year. In 2010, he chose to close up his label Definitive Jux, an indie rap cornerstone that inc ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011
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    October 26, 2010

    What's Selling: Eastside Records

    ‚ÄčA 10" record of "Coming to the Mountain" by Bruce Haack topped the chart at Eastside Records this week.Music lovers were also really into buying albums that mention rabbits. TunaBunny's self-titled album slipped into the mix, and No Bunny's "First Blood" LP did as well.The unique audio graphic no ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    What's Selling: Record Store Day Roundup

    ‚ÄčThis week, looking at What's Selling is a little different. That's because Saturday was the long-anticipated Record Store Day, and hopefully you didn't miss out.Not only did all of our favorite local record stores have live in-store performances, but they sold a ton of exclusive material only ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Black Milk

    (Music House)

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Hip-Hop Co-Op

    Dipping a toe in the urban mainstream

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Looking Better

    Beats working

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    March 23, 2006

    Percee P

    West siiiiide

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    May 12, 2005

    Mixing It Up

    Variety is the spice of Coachella

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Monster Mash-Up

    DJs Z-Trip and P deliver the final performance of Uneasy Listening Vol. One, one of the first album-length mash-ups

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Can We Kick It?

    Old-school hip-hop is ready for a revival

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Crunk and Disorderly

    Hunting for rapture in the live music capital of the world

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    Leggo My Alter Ego

    Off-the-wall rapper Z-Man busts out with another persona and a whole new vocabulary

  • Music

    December 11, 2003


    Champion Sound (Stones Throw)

  • Music

    August 28, 2003

    C-Rayz Walz

    Ravipops (The Substance) (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    August 7, 2003


    Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note (Blue Note)

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Rapper MF Doom's new works of hip-hop fiction reinvent the hero principle for the modern age

  • Music

    April 3, 2003


    Beauty Party (BigDada)

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    Z Be Trippin'

    Phoenix DJ angles for the big fish in the SoCal electronic pond

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Kool Keith

    Dr. Dooom raps up wacky persona

  • Calendar

    October 3, 2002

    Beat Poetry

    Blackalicious: A hip-hop group for people who don't necessarily like hip-hop

  • Music

    September 19, 2002

    Using the Force

    Unbound by style or expectation, Afu-Ra tunes in to a whole new vibe

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Living Out Loud

    After surviving a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Various Artists

    Constant Elevation (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    June 13, 2002


    Life Force Radio (Koch Records)

  • Music

    May 30, 2002


    Fantastic Damage (Def Jux)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002


    All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)

  • Music

    March 7, 2002


    Dilated Peoples would be leading L.A.'s hip-hop underground -- if it had a hip-hop underground

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Gone Hollywood

    Turntable virtuoso Z-Trip returns to the desert in triumph

  • Music

    December 13, 2001

    An Ax to Find

    Rehearsal-room burglary leaves two bands short of at least $12,000 worth of equipment

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Oh Mercy

    The Bob-Man cometh; the Bash on Ash gets Hotter Than Hell; DJ Z-Trip bids farewell to the Valley

  • Calendar

    January 11, 2001

    Vinyl Adventure

    A weekend tagalong with a top DJ offers insight into the rigors of a life spent spinning on the road

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Peoples Get Ready

    L.A. rappers dress up their old-school beats in new-school outfits

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Slum Village

    Fantastic, Vol. 2 (GoodVibe)

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Shadow Dancing

    After a triumphant Valley appearance and a clutch of collaborative projects, DJ Shadow gets set to step back out on his own

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    Turntable of Contents

    With a new DJ night at Nita's Hideaway, Z-Trip redirects his energies back to the local scene

  • Music

    September 11, 1997

    The Turntablist

    Z-Trip's battle for hometown respect manifests itself with Electric Highway DJ conflict

  • Music

    June 26, 1997
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    February 6, 1997

    Black Moon Rising

    Tucson's Black Moon Graffiti waxes large with a hip-hop/funk mlange that always comes correct @

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