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2003 Stories by Mosi Reeves

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  • Wake Up!

    published December 25, 2003

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. While rap music all but dominated the pop charts in 2003, it also yielded one of the lamest... More >>

  • David Banner

    published December 25, 2003

    If there's any rapper that has been appointed the New South's thug poet, it's David Banner, a finance graduate from Southern University who used... More >>

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    published December 25, 2003

    Revolver is Josh Menendez. Anyone who has partied, passed through, or passed out at the long-running Design District event has felt his... More >>

  • Hip-Hop Cyrano

    published December 18, 2003

    Varick "Smitty" Smith doesn't look like a ghostwriter. The baby-faced rapper has a smooth countenance that belies his 23 years; he could be your... More >>

  • Dark Power

    published December 18, 2003

    Chan Marshall, who goes by the name of Cat Power, is mostly known as a media star, part of a dazzling but frequently maligned universe that... More >>

  • Where's the Roc?

    published December 11, 2003

    Last November 22, Ben "Wrekonize" Miller stood triumphant inside a ring, the survivor and winner of MTV's second MC Battle. As Roc-A-Fella CEO... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 11, 2003

    As the year of crunk draws to a close, it's amazing to consider how a music that sounds so provincial and Southern has penetrated popular... More >>

  • Brooklyn Queen

    published December 11, 2003

    Over the past two years the Funk Jazz Lounge has hosted numerous soul singers of varying quality, from relative unknowns to burgeoning stars like... More >>

  • Next to Blow

    published November 27, 2003

    Several evenings ago, P.M. and I stood in the lobby of an enormous luxury apartment building just outside downtown Miami as he talked to me about... More >>

  • Missy Elliott

    published November 27, 2003

    At one point on her new album This Is Not a Test, Missy Elliott defines her style as "old-school rap to old-school R&B." That's pretty... More >>

  • Virtuosity

    published November 20, 2003

    We are the robots: The title Electro Dziska, according to Venezuelan-American director Iris Cegarra, doesn't really mean anything... More >>

  • Do Make Say Think

    published November 20, 2003

    These days, any band who ventures into postrock territory is bound to get compared with Mogwai, which is akin to every trip-hop/downtempo/chillout... More >>

  • Mixed Signals

    published November 13, 2003

    Across the nation, countless activist groups have designated Miami as a target for direct action, a place to protest the Free Trade Area of the... More >>

  • Original Flavor

    published November 13, 2003

    On any given night in Miami, you can find a member of the collective known as Deep House Movement More >>

  • Fade to Black

    published November 6, 2003

    It's not easy getting into Jay-Z's recording home at Bassline Studios, tucked away on West 26th Street in Manhattan. I have to sneak in behind a... More >>

  • The Outsiders

    published October 30, 2003

    It was 3:00 a.m. on a Saturday at M-80, the tragically hip Design District boutique, when Phoenecia's Josh Kay and Romulo del Castillo finally... More >>

  • Kid Koala

    published October 30, 2003

    Some of My Best Friends Are DJs, the second album by Canadian DJ Kid Koala, is cut from the same cloth as his earlier records, Carpal... More >>

  • Monolake

    published October 23, 2003

    Does Robert Henke make repetitious machine music? Yes, he deals with electronic sounds, compiling them into cold instrumental landscapes. In some... More >>

  • Here Today, Gone Today

    published October 16, 2003

    When Space 34 announced on October 2 that it was shutting its doors with an October 11 "closing party," two months after a highly publicized drug... More >>

  • Understandable Smooth

    published October 16, 2003

    It's yet another sweltering fall day on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, yet Billy Paul Williams stays cool as a cucumber, seemingly unfazed by the... More >>

  • Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man

    published October 16, 2003

    Beth Gibbons's first album since her last Portishead project is both agonizingly beautiful and uncomfortably intense, a pairing with Paul "Rustin... More >>

  • Jaylib

    published October 16, 2003

    Jaylib promises to be a dream collaboration between two of the hottest producers in hip-hop, Jay Dee (formerly of Slum Village) and Madlib... More >>

  • Still Dreaming

    published October 16, 2003

    During the Nineties, British DJ/producer LTJ Bukem seemed to take the more famous Goldie and Roni Size's penchant for watery, atmospheric drum and... More >>

  • Who's Hip-Hop?

    published October 9, 2003

    It was a Friday afternoon on August 7, the second to last day of the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop Conference Awards, and Little Brother -- Phonte,... More >>

  • Freedom or Death

    published October 9, 2003

    Q and Not U specializes in the kind of ultra-funky, super-abrasive rock (or, as Spin magazine would erroneously label it, "emo") that every... More >>

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