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  • Trick or Trina?

    published October 20, 2005

    For a lady best known as the "baddest bitch," Miami hip-hop star Trina seems surprisingly demure as she sits down for an interview at the New... More >>

  • We Major

    published October 20, 2005

    Like a mirage rising from a Deco desert of stars, skin, and heat, Pure Records and its sole recording artist, a 22-year-old R&B singer from Ohio... More >>

  • Twista

    published October 20, 2005

    Two things you'll probably never do: travel to the moon or rap as fast as Twista. The first is a child's pipe dream, the second a rapper's gimmick... More >>

  • Lyfe Jennings

    published October 20, 2005

    Jennings's bittersweet tale of a vicarious romantic will make married women swoon and lonely men cry. Sure, the music is syrupy-slow R&B schmaltz,... More >>

  • Jucipher

    published October 13, 2005

    Since the emergence of shoegazers such as My Bloody Valentine, an entire generation of bands has attempted to latch onto that sliver of... More >>

  • Kanye West

    published October 6, 2005

    Gangsta rap demigod 50 Cent recently hypothesized that Kanye West's popularity stems from a backlash to G-Unit's pop-cult blitzkrieg of the past... More >>

  • Samuel Eudovique, Kelson Roberts, and Carol Stanton

    published October 6, 2005

    When one envisions a night at the opera, images of lavish performing arts centers and high-society hobnobbing usually come to mind. But this... More >>

  • Rise Up

    published September 29, 2005

    As Iraq burns, New Orleans drowns, and our president complacently plucks his guitar strings, the voice of Damian Marley blasts out of seemingly... More >>

  • Little Brother

    published September 29, 2005

    You'd think it would be difficult to tell who's wearing blackface when you're looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, but the guys in... More >>

  • Low Budget

    published September 29, 2005

    DJ music for hipsters is one of the most quickly morphing subgenres in modern music. Three years ago it was all Soul Wax and pop music mashups,... More >>

  • Kiki Sanchez

    published September 29, 2005

    Though still in his twenties, Peruvian pianist Kiki Sanchez has played for President Clinton and studied under jazz greats such as Jim Gasior,... More >>

  • Superstars Give Hope

    published September 29, 2005

    Brand-new superclub Metropolis takes a night off from bumping and grinding to play host to the Katrina/Rita fundraising event, Superstars Give... More >>

  • The House Oscar Built

    published September 22, 2005

    In the DJ booth during his weekly residency at Miami's most famous club, the internationally recognized Space, house DJ/producer Oscar G began to... More >>

  • Pull Up the People

    published September 22, 2005

    Indie music: The appellation is problematic. For one, it doesn't describe any particular sound. Rock and roll captures that genre's... More >>

  • Josh Wink

    published September 22, 2005

    On my first day as a freshman in college in the mid-Nineties, I was greeted by the scent of patchouli, offers of LSD, and the sounds of the... More >>

  • Around the World in 60 Minutes

    published September 15, 2005

    Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) awoke one morning this past February to find that his new album, Surrounded by Silence, had been leaked to... More >>

  • Abandoned Eggs

    published September 15, 2005

    Being besieged with free promotional CDs would seem like an enviable problem. But in all honestly, it's oftentimes more of a burden than a... More >>

  • Z-Trip

    published September 15, 2005

    Turntablism -- the late-Nineties hip-hop subgenre that showcased technical wizardry behind the ones and twos -- was in many ways doomed from the... More >>

  • Baser

    published September 15, 2005

    Not to grandpa it, but it used to be that you had your emotionally distraught singer/songwriters on the left and your carefree electro/techno... More >>

  • THIS JUST IN

    published September 15, 2005

    When Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. released her debut album, Arular, earlier this year, she was quickly anointed brightest new star in indie music... More >>

  • A Second Line for New Orleans

    published September 8, 2005

    Hurricane Katrina affects us all one way or another. The disaster is something much larger than any of us -- collectively or individually -- and... More >>

  • DJ Dan

    published September 8, 2005

    One of the great misconceptions of dance music mythology is that the DJ is an anonymous conduit of groove. This idea of celebrity subversion may... More >>

  • This Just In

    published September 8, 2005

    Though Jorge is best known in the States for his acting roles in the breakout 2002 Brazilian movie City of God (in which he played Knockout... More >>

  • Who Shot Ya?

    published September 1, 2005

    I did not shoot Suge Knight. I did, however, meet the gangsta and has-been rap mogul just hours before he was shot in the early hours of this past... More >>

  • Kanye West

    published September 1, 2005

    On Late Registration Kanye West ventures into the sort of rough psychological waters few MCs dare to tread. Moments of self-doubt crop up,... More >>

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