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Music, All Shook Down Chali 2na on How To Travel in Poor Man's First Class, and Getting Pelted with Bottles by Green Day Fans

Chali 2na on How To Travel in Poor Man's First Class, and Getting Pelted with Bottles by Green Day Fans

At six-foot five-inches tall, traveling the touring circuit can be far from comfortable for the rapper and ex-Jurassic 5 member Chali 2na -- not least when it comes to squeezing himself into airplane seats intended for those of a markedly…
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Music, All Shook Down What's With All The Misspelled Names in Hip-Hop?: An Examination

What's With All The Misspelled Names in Hip-Hop?: An Examination

So Chali 2na's coming to Yoshi's tonight. Dude may be the most likeable member of Jurassic 5, with his booming voice and salaam-to-that-ass demeanor, but he's also the one whose name mounts the most nihilistic assault on orthographic sensibility…
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Music, Hear This Rock the Bells

Rock the Bells

If you're looking to throw your hands in the air, wave 'em like you just don't care, then scream ... oh, for about 10 hours straight, then you'll definitely want to be at the Rock the Bells festival. From its…
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Music, BeatBox Dan the Automator's video addictions

Dan the Automator's video addictions

S.F. has a virtuosic hip-hop superproducer in Dan The Automator , a position he's recently solidified, strangely enough, through the soundtrack for NBA videogame 2K7. Rather than licensed tracks, it's an original album that finds a perfect beat for the…
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Music, Reviewed Zion-I & the Grouch

Zion-I & the Grouch

"The beat knocks from my head to my cheap socks," the Grouch declares on "Hit 'Em"; MC Zion proclaims he's "rough and rugged, how you love it, with no budget"; and the Crown Prince of Hyphy, Mistah F.A.B., makes a…
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Music, Reviewed Jurassic 5 Skhool Yard

Jurassic 5 Skhool Yard

Hip hop's DNA compels it to forever walk the line between showmanship and shtick -- at once pleasing party-hungry crowds and playing with the limitations of the art form. Rarely has this tightrope act been more captivating than with Los…
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Music, Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva named his first album, 1999's promising Brand New Second Hand, after a song on Peter Tosh's landmark effort Legalize It. While Manuva isn't the first artist to use roots reggae as a hip hop touchstone, his point of…
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