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Music, All Shook Down Justin BUA's Top Five Illustrated Hip-Hop Album Covers

Justin BUA's Top Five Illustrated Hip-Hop Album Covers

"Historically, artists painted the court and the aristocracy. I'm the court painter of hip-hop -- the artists are that important." So says Justin BUA, the hip-hop generation artist who celebrates the release of his new book The Legends of Hip-Hop…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Hip-Hop Album Covers That Would Make Insanely Difficult Jigsaw Puzzles

Five Hip-Hop Album Covers That Would Make Insanely Difficult Jigsaw Puzzles

This week, a new candidate emerged for the spot of hip-hop's fabled fifth element: The jigsaw puzzle. With a canny eye on the not-too-far-off Christmas season, the Boston-based Get On Down Records has released jigsaw versions of classic rap album…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrate the New Tribe Called Quest Documentary, in S.F. Tonight

Celebrate the New Tribe Called Quest Documentary, in S.F. Tonight

Beats, Rhymes, and Life -- the long-anticipated documentary about the seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest -- opens in the Bay Area tomorrow. (Check out our review.) You can celebrate this tonight at a party in San Francisco hosted…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: A Tribe Called Quest Finally Gets Its Documentary

In Print: A Tribe Called Quest Finally Gets Its Documentary

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: So much petty drama has clouded the release of Michael Rapaport's a Tribe Called Quest documentary. One version of the backstory casts the first-time director as a doofus actor wannabe (arguably best known for his role…
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Music, "Beats, Rhymes, and Life": Michael Rapaport's "Love Letter" to A Tribe Called Quest

"Beats, Rhymes, and Life": Michael Rapaport's "Love Letter" to A Tribe Called Quest

So much petty drama has clouded the release of Michael Rapaport's a Tribe Called Quest documentary. One version of the backstory casts the first-time director as a doofus actor wannabe (arguably best known for his role as Phoebe's boyfriend in…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

It was quite a helluva lineup at yesterday's Rock the Bells concert at Shoreline: Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, and other hip-hop titans, with many performing classic albums in their entirety. Photographer Christopher Victorio was there for the party,…
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Music, All Shook Down Tribe Called Quest Tribute Tonight

Tribe Called Quest Tribute Tonight

After Q-Tip's masterful set at Outside Lands a few weeks back--one of the best of the fest, and certainly the one which engaged the crowd the most, especially when Phife Dawg emerged as a special guest for one song--I…
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Music, Hear This De La Soul

De La Soul

Even if De La Soul never releases another album — don't worry, the group is reportedly in the studio working on its eighth full-length — these guys will go down in history as one of hip-hop's all-time classic acts. Pioneers…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

Look, We Didn't Choose the Title

It's going to be tough for us, or for anyone, not to make bad jokes about Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity. Author Shawn Taylor's main point is that being a black man is complicated – for example,…
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Music, Lupe Fiasco hints at music retirement

Lupe Fiasco hints at music retirement

"I just don't think I have that much to say," Lupe Fiasco says over the phone, explaining why he plans to quit recording music soon. "A lot of the stuff that I want to say musically, it has a limit.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Grown and Chrisette

Grown and Chrisette

Giving actual credence to the over-verbalized urban cliché known as "grown and sexy," Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele offer contemporary soul music that manages sensuality without being crass. This is still something of a rarity among the "lick you up…
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Music, Reviewed 75 Degrees

75 Degrees

Hip hop conspiracy theory No. 4,081 posits that beneath the ridiculously smooth breakbeats of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul are subliminal messages stating that mainstream hip hop is inherently doomed and the only way to save it…
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Music, Reviewed Fannypack

Fannypack

Call off the truant officer, because the school of lo-fi sass is back in session. To kick things off, Brooklyn's Fannypack throws itself a raunchy little pep rally on "Keep It Up," with MCs Jessibel, Belinda, and Cat playing head…
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Air Supply

Oxygen bars emerged in the Clinton administration, when those not full enough on the milk of aromatherapy turned their olfactories toward the periodic table of elements and threw a dart. For more than you would pay for a pitcher of…
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Music, Reviewed Lifesavas

Lifesavas

Some MCs have too much integrity for their own damn good. Your moms might prefer you listen to these virtuous lyricists over foulmouthed troublemakers like Master P and Fred Durst, and you might even be able to write a B-plus…
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Jungle Brothers Since their 1987 debut Straight Out the Jungle, New York's Jungle Brothers have been a driving force behind the positive hip-hop movement. Then, MCs Mike G and Afrika Baby Bam avoided the typical macho swagger of the time,…
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Beats, Rhymes, and Laughs

Despite tremendous SoundScan sales numbers, something is missing from today's hip hop. Humor, a rap music staple during the '80s in the hands of Biz Markie and others, has all but disappeared as the music's popularity has increased; instead of…
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A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement (Jive) This summer A Tribe Called Quest -- who had brought a unique flair and unpretentious intelligence to hip hop for almost 10 years -- announced that they would release one more record…
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