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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: An Enigmatic 10 Years of Blue Sky Black Death

Moment of Truth: An Enigmatic 10 Years of Blue Sky Black Death

Blue Sky Black Death is a sequential skydiving term that refers to the yin-yang symbolism of the sky and the jumping-off point. The concept contrasts the beauty of the blue sky with the dark foreboding ground, whereupon skydivers accept…
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Music, All Shook Down Consciousness vs. Sex: Jean Grae and the Plight of the Underground Female Rapper

Consciousness vs. Sex: Jean Grae and the Plight of the Underground Female Rapper

Jean Grae, who performs tonight at the New Parish, is a very talented rapper. That's not just a very talented female rapper, but a very talented hip-hop artist who deserves to be considered on nothing more than her own…
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Music, All Shook Down Before Kreayshawn: 10 Underrated and/or Forgotten Female MCs

Before Kreayshawn: 10 Underrated and/or Forgotten Female MCs

Last week, around the fifth time someone sent me a link to Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci," I started having a feeling toward the diminutive rapper that was not entirely positive. This discomfort grew a few days later, when she reportedly signed…
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Music, All Shook Down Lil B Finally Releases an Uncontroversially Good Single, 'Base To Your Face'

Lil B Finally Releases an Uncontroversially Good Single, 'Base To Your Face'

And now the plot thickens. Bay Area conversation piece Lil B The Based God has released a new single, "Base For Your Face," which isn't remotely surprising unto itself (although come to think of it, one does admire his relative…
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Music, BeatBox Diplo brings along DJ Marlboro for a wild night at the Rickshaw; Bingo is your name-o at the Knockout's "BingoTopia"

Diplo brings along DJ Marlboro for a wild night at the Rickshaw; Bingo is your name-o at the Knockout's "BingoTopia"

With a gazillion DJs' mix CDs out there, it's never easy to know what to buy. But into that daunting sea of potential sludge Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz, one half of Philly DJ team Hollertronix) will be releasing a mix…
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Music, Reviewed V/A

V/A

While not as widely heralded as Shaft or Superfly, Melvin Van Peebles 1971 classic Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song helped set the template for an entire decade of blaxploitation cinema. And that movie's soundtrack -- performed almost entirely by a young…
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