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Jan 23, 2013

Dawn Richard

At eight years old, I fell in violent, appetite-depleting love with songbird Aaliyah — and haven't really fallen out since. When MTV interrupted its...
Jan 9, 2013

Chief Keef

Let's not kid ourselves with this touchy-feely stuff: There is no future for children like Chief Keef in 2013 because America doesn't think they...
Jan 2, 2013

The Game

The Game used to be so much fun. On his classic first two albums, Dr. Dre's pistol of an ex-protégé shocked and awed with...
Dec 12, 2012

Saul Conrad

Listening to Saul Conrad's debut album, Poison Packets — croaking, defeatist indie-folk in the vein of Elliott Smith with the Nineties-inspired lo-fi hooks of...
Aug 29, 2012

Beanie and Twista’s Dark, Twisted Fantasy

Chicago rapper Twista and his Philadelphia-born counterpart, Beanie Sigel, who will both hit the Bay Area this Friday — Sigel at The New Parish...
Aug 22, 2012

The Gaslight Anthem

Gaslight Anthem honcho Brian Fallon doesn't live out of a suitcase; he's too drunk to haul one around. On Handwritten, Fallon and his bar-rocking...
Aug 8, 2012

Rick Ross

In 1998, Yonkers hip-hop group The Lox released its epochal Money, Power, & Respect. On his new album, Rick Ross sings a different tune:...
Aug 1, 2012

50 Cent

50 Cent lives in a pocket dimension. Listening to any of his last three or so albums is like watching Tony Soprano's amnesiac uncle...