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Music, Reviewed Hood


Hood's slightly frosty folk/indie/electronic hybrid sounds a touch brighter on this newest release. It's as if the wan Leeds-based outfit has been skipping rope and pumping iron since its last album, 2001's Cold House. Although the tracks still hover midair…
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Music, Reviewed Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Since his classic '93 debut, Doggystyle, Snoop has been more of a brilliantly honed caricature than a real person. On that album, he was a conflation of an Iceberg Slim novel and an Arthur Sarnoff painting; for R&G, he comes…
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Music, Reviewed The Neptunes

The Neptunes

The Neptunes -- a producing duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo -- are considered by magazines like Vibe to be among hip hop's royal family. When producers held this status two decades ago, they mainly stuck to cashing…
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Music, Reviewed Common


Chicago-born MC Common (aka Lonnie Lynn) has been a standard-bearer for the Native Tongues' progressive style of hip hop for years. During that time, he's been rightly celebrated for his intelligent lyrics and his rejection of hip hop's rampant misogyny…
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Music, Reviewed Beenie Man

Beenie Man

If Beenie Man weren't still smashing it on the ragga circuit, as he has been for nearly a decade, his crossover success in U.S. markets might taint his street cred. But instead, his lyrical skills and charisma just translate, making…
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