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Top 5 Rappers Who Are Obsessed With Phil Collins (And Will Be Sad That He's Retiring!)

Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer turned solo artist, has retired from making music. This is sad news for his army of worldwide fans, most of whom presumably have sizable classic rock collections. But it's also news that will devastate…
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Music, Rock the Bells 2010: Classic performances of hip-hop albums

Rock the Bells 2010: Classic performances of hip-hop albums

How will this year's edition of rap megaconcert Rock the Bells attempt to outdo its impressive track record? Simple — by having six seminal albums performed in their entirety by most of the original artists. This year offers a chance…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Wu-Tang Clan -- 8 Diagrams

CD Review: Wu-Tang Clan -- 8 Diagrams

Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal) Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Raekwon has called Wu ringleader and beatmaker RZA a "hip-hop hippie" and says the beats on the new album are too…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 That Blonde Venus hair, those frilly outfits, that sweet, sweet voice: It could only be Uni & Her Ukulele. The uke's pink, usually, and the girl's obsessed with unicorns; the overall effect is the musical and…
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Music, Reviewed Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ol' Dirty Bastard

The great thing about the Wu-Tang Clan's ODB wasn't that he smoked crack, fathered a dozen children, or had an arrest record thicker than a Russian novel. Listening to the Wu-Tang's finest was like riding the world's most dangerous roller…
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Music, Get Your Freak On

Get Your Freak On

When beat-maker Tom Cleary signed on to work with underground Bay Area rapper Dopestyle, he didn't plan on the penis jokes. But after a show last month at the Independent, the duo's third public appearance as Dopestyle 1231, Cleary's brother,…
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Music, Wu-Tang Forever?

Wu-Tang Forever?

When the Wu-Tang Clan released its first single, 1993's "Protect Ya Neck," hard-core rap was associated almost exclusively with the West Coast. Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Ice Cube were hip hop's most notorious rappers, and Death Row Records…
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1. P J Harvey, To Bring You My Love (Island) (See essay.) 2. Tricky, Maxinquaye (Island) (See essay.) 3. The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (DGC): Aceyalone had the flows, but the Roots had the music -- and all the…
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Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (Elektra) They call him the Bastard because there's "no father to his style" of rapping. Return to the 36 Chambers is certainly original: No one else would even want…
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