Eric K. Arnold

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  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Get off the Stage marks Too $hort's 17th album — not counting compilations and reissues — but it's also the end of an era. It's his last for Jive, the label he's been associated with since 1988. "I'm a legend in the game," he says on "...

  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    Since its inception back in the late Eighties, this series has embodied the state of dancehall reggae and launched emerging artists. Casual listeners learn about the year in dancehall while dedicated enthusiasts appreciate the CD-length collection...

  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    Ever since the album Buena Vista Social Club was released, Afro-Cuban music has been on the radar of mainstream trendspotters both old and young. But the majority of new releases and re-releases since then have concentrated on the Caribbean side o...

  • 10 years ago

    Exploration and expansion in urban music marked 2005. Against a Matrix-like background of corporate-controlled radio and TV, iPod-enabled consumers demanded more musical choices. For every lackluster commercial effort (like 50 Cent's The Massacre)...

  • 10 years ago

    You don't ordinarily expect to find a young white woman from San Francisco digging deep into the heart of crunk country. But Tamara Palmer did just that in the course of researching her new book, Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-H...