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  • The Darkness

    published December 1, 2005

    The reason why the Darkness's cock-rockin' shtick still sounds great is that the members are truly talented musicians, as evidenced on the new... More >>

  • Fugees

    published November 10, 2005

    Much more of a street banger than, say, "Killing Me Softly" was, "Take It Easy" marks the Fugees' forceful return to the scene after almost a... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 3, 2005

    Norwegian singer Annie debuted this year with the breakthrough electro pop album Anniemal. But this mix CD — from the vaunted DJ Kicks... More >>

  • Jazze Pha and Cee-Lo

    published November 3, 2005

    They harmonize together so beautifully they sound like brothers from another mother, but Jazze Pha and Cee-Lo are really just brothers in smooth... More >>

  • Stevie Wonder

    published October 27, 2005

    Stevie registers his thoughts on our troubled present day with a song that, while blowing up most significantly on the adult contemporary radio... More >>

  • Korn

    published October 27, 2005

    Nope, you haven't been smoking too much sticky icky icky and don't need to rub your eyes. The members of Korn, who've always been... More >>

  • Dwele | Rich Medina

    published October 20, 2005

    Though it's usually overshadowed by rap, an earlier form of black music is still alive in the classic twin cities of soul — Detroit, where... More >>

  • Bun B

    published October 20, 2005

    Don't fret if you've got no bloody idea what draped up and dripped out means; it'll soon be clear. By then, this Houston legend will... More >>

  • Pharrell featuring Gwen Stefani

    published October 20, 2005

    Can they kick it? Yes, they can. Picking up from their last time working together (Stefani's massive cheerleader-funkin' "Hollaback Girl"),... More >>

  • Brooke Valentine featuring Fabolous and Yo Yo

    published October 6, 2005

    It's safe to say no one was begging for a cover of Taste of Honey's disco classic "Boogie Oogie Oogie," but R&B singer Valentine turns in a smart... More >>

  • Juelz Santana

    published October 6, 2005

    New York rapper Santana's infectious inflections course throughout his songs, and now he has a backing tune that can match wits with his vocal... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published September 22, 2005

    London's cavernous, genre-bending nightclub Fabric continues its FabricLive mix series with a jaunty set of electro and techno curated by... More >>

  • Purple Ribbon All-Stars featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, Blackowned C-Bone, and Rock D the Legend "Kryptonite"

    published September 22, 2005

    This rowdy posse cut from members of the Dungeon Family is the lead single from the forthcoming Purple Ribbon All-Stars, a compilation that... More >>

  • Ying Yang Twins featuring Pitbull

    published September 15, 2005

    Before there was Bobby McFerrin, there was George Krantz, whose beat-wise vocal scatting made his "Din Daa Daa" a massive, enduring club hit of... More >>

  • Young Jeezy featuring Akon

    published September 15, 2005

    Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has his full shtick in effect here -- mainly the same interjections he makes on all of his songs ("yeeeeeah" and... More >>

  • Keyshia Cole

    published September 15, 2005

    Cole is on her third single from her phenomenal debut album, The Way It Is, and she has asserted herself more with each one. "I Should Have... More >>

  • Loverboy

    published September 1, 2005

    There's a powerful air of déjà vu permeating urban pop music, in which the boy bands are lively and snappy and the teen idols are... More >>

  • Girls on Film

    published August 25, 2005

    Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be in music videos. Yes, sometimes they do get to act, but more often women are little more than... More >>

  • Incredible Video Vixen Moments in MTV History

    published August 25, 2005

    Duran Duran, "Girls on Film" (1981) The Brit modelizers introduced the original scandalous video chicks. Even the estrogen-filled WWF... More >>

  • Bow Wow featuring Ciara

    published August 18, 2005

    After months of coyly denying speculations, the puppy love between the former "Lil"/now legal Bow Wow and the R&B sensation is officially outed... More >>

  • Satoshi Tomiie

    published July 28, 2005

    Tomiie's house music resumé is impeccable. His record label of eighteen years, Def Mix, has been home to genre gods such as Frankie... More >>

  • Dreams of Fighting an R&B Bitch

    published July 21, 2005

    Faith Evans is nothing short of an urban icon. And it's not because of the notes she can't hit or the skimpy outfits she doesn't wear. We love... More >>

  • Alarm Will Sound

    published July 21, 2005

    With 10 arrangers working with a 22-piece classical group, Alarm Will Sound's excellent reinterpretations of Aphex Twin's catalogue make the... More >>

  • DJ Language

    published July 21, 2005

    A DJ is oftentimes judged on how well he can thread together seemingly disparate genres while stealthily hiding the seams. And by all accounts New... More >>

  • Deep Dish

    published July 14, 2005

    After a seven-year layoff when the group concentrated on DJ gigs, remix work, and their label Yoshitoshi, Deep Dish returns with George Is... More >>

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