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Rebirth of a prince

Digging RZA in 36 steps
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008

Backed the f*** up

‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008

Pete Rock

NY's Finest | Nature Sounds
On the 15 tracks of his fourth solo outing in 10 years, Rock peddles familiar fare, a more precise mix of the same bleached-out horns and terse hooks he’s honed for years.
By DANIEL DENORCH  |  May 12, 2008

Pimp and circumstance

Wu-Tang Clan at Harvard University "Yardfest," April 18, 2008
Some 45 minutes into the Wu-Tang Clan’s afternoon performance in Harvard Yard, Raekwon took a moment to describe his audience.
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 22, 2008

Too legit to quit

Wu-Tang Clan and Ghostface Killah
The early word on Wu-Tang Clan’s new 8 Diagrams   is that it will rip the group apart at the seams.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 31, 2007

From ’Ye to mixtapes

Hip-hop: 2007 in review
To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007

Real housewives and blood diamonds

Another trip to Orange County, and bling’d in Sierra Leone
Literature, that slow cousin to Life, has in its prolonged non-engagement with reality TV been even denser and more dreamily backward than usual.
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 27, 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

Ghost world

Fishscale or no Fishscale , Ghostface gets a lot of pussy
“For those who don't know me, I’m known for using soul music,” Ghostface proclaimed. “I get a lot of pussy for it too.”
By DAVID BOFFA  |  April 15, 2006

The GZA and DJ Muggs

A taste of Wu Tang
GZA is often cast as the Wu-Tang Clan’s battle-scarred intellectual, older and wiser than his eight charismatic partners in rhyme.
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  March 14, 2006

Big business

The majors gear up for a promising spring
Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006

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