For nearly two years Truth Studios, a recording space in the Fairfax District, has been a haven for West Coast rap talent. On any given night, you might find clothing reps chattering, owner Nick Breton rolling blunts with rappers, and intoxicated laughter absorbed by the muted walls. The combination ... More >>
Instrumental albums -- also known as beat tapes -- give hip-hop producers a direct connection with fans, without any of those annoying lyrics on top of them.
These can often be a nice change of pace. But make no mistake, they aren't albums to zone out to, or to put on while you do a crossword puzz ... More >>
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It was a tough year for a lot of us, but the sounds and sights we soaked in, the floors we tore up and ... More >>
Freddie Gibbs collaborates with Bun B, Chuck Inglish, Chip tha Ripper and Dan AeurbachHey! It's a new rap supergroup and Snoop Dogg isn't involved this time.
Our favorite L.A. (via Gary, Indiana) nü-gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs has teamed up with an almost all-star lineup for an outfit tent ... More >>
Almost 25 years have elapsed since the Rick Rubin-helmed, Licensed to Ill found the Beasties staking their claim as the first major rap group to incorporate guitar-hero rawk ("Rock Box" aside). Such juxtaposition seems prosaic today, but it's almost impossible to grasp how revolutionary sampling L ... More >>
By Dan Leroy
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end ... More >>
Saturday, November 15
Q-Tip, The Cool Kids at House of Blues
It has been nine years since Q-Tip's last album yet strangely, it hasn't seemed so long. That says much about the enduring power of Q-Tip's old band, A Tribe Called Quest - guaranteed to be in heavy rotation on iPod playlists for any hi ... More >>