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Music, Hear This Cannibal Ox: Show Preview

Cannibal Ox: Show Preview

Underground hip-hop used to be a long swim upstream. It meant jostling from accusatory critics — how many times was the "granola" tag leveled at El-P or Aesop Rock? — and mystification from consumers. Cannibal Ox was the high priest…
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Music, MC El-P talks about new music and the demise of Def Jux

MC El-P talks about new music and the demise of Def Jux

It becomes apparent when listening to El-P that this is one producer, MC, and (former) label head who doesn't care about hip-hop conventions. Over two solo albums, several mixtapes, and the tracks he has produced for Cannibal Ox, Cage, and…
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Music, Hip Hop's Hit Ticker

Hip Hop's Hit Ticker

While hip hop may be a relatively nascent genre, it's already dealing with some identity problems. The influx of commercialism is arguably turning a vibrant and informative music into cookie-cutter templates of materialism and violence, although admittedly sometimes with sparkling…
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Music, Reviewed Themselves


By now, many Bay Area natives are familiar with the existence of the eight-man Emeryville-based hip hop crew Anticon, if not what its precise sound is. The collective first turned heads in 1998 with a mildly engaging word battle between…
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