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Kid vicious

Juiceboxxx cares not for your nerdcore
It’s not easy being a rapper from Wisconsin. Just ask 23-year-old hip-hop lifer Juiceboxxx.
By LEOR GALIL  |  April 08, 2010

Two great flavors

Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 16, 2010

Live at the Avon

Off the Couch
Catching up with the Low Anthem and more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 13, 2009

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The Big Hurt: MJ murder mystery, Aerosmith injuries

Music News in Brief
Much as I hate to bring up Michael Jackson again, I was intrigued by sister La Toya's allegations that he was knocked off for his publishing assets.
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 22, 2009

Say what?

The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

The Big Hurt: Sub-super supergroups, INXS excess, and unsaved unsavories

Music news in brief
I think we can agree that "supergroups" have a history of underperforming in the superness department.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 06, 2009

The Big Hurt: More bad news in brief

DMX spits, Lou spills, Kelly leaks, Keane sucks
Police pulled over Snoop Dogg’s tour bus and — gasp! — smelled marijuana!
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 13, 2008

Izza Kizza

Kizzaland | Souldiggaz/Atmos
Kizzaland’s main draw? It’s Kizza’s elastic snake-charmer flow.
By SAM UBL  |  August 04, 2008

Wikipedia rules

Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007


Stuff you've never heard and "Fuck A Record Company"
You’ve probably heard of two of the “indie” hip-hop artists below, even if they’re bypassing trad distribution models and just giving away their music.
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  November 19, 2007

The street scene

The magic of the mixtape
Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner. By Nick Sylvester
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006

MySpace celebrity

Lily Allen’s Web-tastic career
No charm, little grace, what’s left of Alright, Still by the end are rich young Allen’s swipes at her poor, old, and obvious targets, horrific classism, the worst kind of celebrity self-obsession. Lily Allen, "Smile"  (mp3)
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  July 31, 2006


Killa Season | Atlantic
When misogyny runs this in-your-face, it’s hard to make a case for metaphors.
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 20, 2006

Rio representer

Diplo brings baile funk to the US
It was 2002 when the then unknown DJ Diplo first started throwing his Hollertronix parties in Philadelphia.
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  April 11, 2006

Various artists, RUN THE ROAD VOLUME 2 | Vice

If Cam’ron is good enough to look for talent overseas and Jay-Z can nab Lady Sovereign, then Great Britain might just overcome America’s mainstream myopia. Vice believes it.
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 27, 2006

Fruity loops

Certified Bananas and Disorganised Crew at Enormous Room
It used to be, come the first week of the month, you could count on a new Certified Bananas MP3 mixtape showing up on-line, clocking hits of the day (reggaeton, rap, dancehall) alongside the Providence DJ duo’s inimitable blends and remixes.
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  February 21, 2006

The big diss

Killa Cam takes aim at Jay-Z, plus new tracks from Jeff Merchant and Hard-Fi
Even if most artists are all about getting their paper, there are always a few out there — Hard-Fi, Cam’ron, and Jeff Merchant, to name three — willing to toss us a morsel or two for free.
By CHRIS NELSON  |  February 09, 2006

Bombs away

Cam’ron takes aim at the King of New York
But will Jay-Z revoke the Killer's diplomatic immunity?
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  November 21, 2008

Bombs away - side

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