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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Serving up more beef

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Proof is revered in certain hip-hop circles about as much as Vanilla Ice at a Black Panther party reunion. Love him or hate him, the platinum-selling drama-filled emcee has finally released a solo album — facilitated by the production heroics of Davina, House Shoes, Amp Fiddler, and DJ Premier...

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Forget What You Know

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Welcome to fantasy rock critic camp, where becoming a famous rock critic is as easy as being pushed off a log. Here are five snappy examples for you to study at home. Then, once you’re mastered the proper degree of witty cynicism, there’s room at the end for you...

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Which Way Is East

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Drummer Billy Higgins rode his cymbal onto the national scene as part of the Ornette Coleman posse that hijacked the hard-bopping ’50s and heralded the free jazz ’60s. Between his auspicious arrival and his death in 2001, he established himself as a sort of omnipresent utility man, playing in...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Clorox Girls

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Now that the Ramones are history, it’s timely that these three guys from Seattle should step up to the abandoned punk plate and hit a grand slam out of the pop music park on their first try. And because the twelve tracks here clock in at a mere 17:16,...

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Kiss of Death

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Jadakiss realizes he’s as driven by fame, women and cash as any other emcee whose creative spur stems from the gritty concrete jungles of Yonkers, N.Y. So he attempts to soften his image with “Why,” a thoughtful lament that canvasses Kobe Bryant and Bush, drug laws and snitches (with...

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Hopes & Fears

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 12:00 AM

If you’ll indulge the crass stereotyping for a moment, there’s one thing the Brits do better than anyone else bar the Swedes. Blighty is a bottomless wellspring of massive, dramatic pop music (see: Radiohead, Oasis, Queen, Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay, Smiths and on and on). It’s in the water....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Dirty District Vol. 2

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2004 at 12:00 AM

When Slum Village’s 2002 release Trinity dropped and received mixed reviews, much of the blame was hurled at the production of T3 and the extremely young BR Gunna duo (Young R.J. and Black Milk), who attempted to fill the shoes of exited Slum member Jay Dee. Predictably, the album...

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Endangered Species

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2004 at 12:00 AM

The Chinese Stars A Rare Sensation Three.One.G   Thirty years ago these uncanny albums would’ve been released on a major, high-profile label like Island or Harvest to great critical acclaim and they both would have gone on to sell tens of thousands of copies. The fact that those days...

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A Rare Sensation

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Ex-Girl Endangered Species Alternative Tentacles   Thirty years ago these uncanny albums would’ve been released on a major, high-profile label like Island or Harvest to great critical acclaim and they both would have gone on to sell tens of thousands of copies. The fact that those days are gone...

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Drunkard in the Think Tank

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2004 at 12:00 AM

In 1971, a young Roy Loney penned the following lyrics, cocksure and full of whiskey swagger: "I’m a monster/ I’ve got a revved-up teenage head/ Teenage monster/ California born and bred/ Half a boy, half a man/ Half the sea and half the land goes by/ Oh my!" Oh my,...

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