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Music, All Shook Down And the Best Christmas Song of All Time Is ...

And the Best Christmas Song of All Time Is ...

What is the best Christmas song of all time? Trick question: There are two. One of them is among the three choices we've got here, and the other is whichever song happens to be playing at the exact moment on…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Unfaithful


FRI 8/20 I've seen enough of movies in which stuff explodes, the sidekick blurts out one-liners at murder scenes, and the hero gets the girl who has fewer than five lines in the whole film. I want to see more…
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Calendar, Night&Day R.I.P. JMJ


He'll be remembered for his positive attitude, his incredible musical skill, and, of course, his Adidas. But we don't mean to sound flip. Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay was shot two years ago in his Queens music studio, when he…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In the first hours after Run-D.M.C.'s DJ Jam Master Jay passed away last month, mourners huddled in front of the studio where he was shot, trying to put the tragic event into perspective. Public Enemy's Chuck D, whose greatest skill…
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Music, Beat Scientist

Beat Scientist

At one time, hip hop and rock were entirely separate entities. Then, in 1986, Run-D.M.C. scored big by trading riffs and raps with Aerosmith, and the mighty crossover was born. Now, thanks in part to MTV's overwhelming embrace of the…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

From the "Can We Please Get the Millennium Over With Now?" Desk From a press release that recently found its way to Riff Raff: "You knew '1999' would be a hit again in 1999. What you didn't know is that…
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Hear This

Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. didn't invent rap's lyrical art form, nor did they perfect it -- they just made it famous. With the help of DJ Jam Master Jay, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels created a revolution in the '80s,…
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Keeping It Real

"Keep it real" scores of hip-hop MCs stress in song after song, a cliched cry that essentially translates into "keep it status quo." Though historically hip hop has been all about quick-fire evolution, the genre has grown increasingly formulaic in…
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Schools of Thought

Hip hop has passed through a dazzling number of movements over the past 15 years, from old school to new school, from Afrocentrism to gangsta rap, from true school to the next school. As such, the current hip-hop climate is…
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