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Mission: accomplished

Organic hip-hop’s good and good for you
Way before Audible Mainframe snatched the title of Boston’s dopest live hip-hop group and bolted for the West Coast, Roxbury’s Mission pursued a similar course of action.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 10, 2008


Brooklyn Academy | Bored Of Education

Gold Dust Media (2008)
The stakes are treacherous when a group wait 13 years to drop a debut album.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 08, 2008


Termanology | Politics As Usual

 Nature Sounds (2008)
This one should be considered a “How To” manual for regional rap stars who are poised to detonate worldwide.  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2008


Blunt object

The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote. 
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2008


The ultimate Schill?

Number 38's political timeline
For a brief moment in late 2004, some people feared that Curt Schilling might pull through for President George W. Bush the way he did for the Sox.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 17, 2008


Roller-skate skinny

Struggling Chez Vous keeps it on the wheel
Sometime between the advent of rollerblades and the invention of those irksome Heelys, America forgot about roller-skating.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008


Quite contrary

Thou shalt not so hastily dismiss Scroobius Pip  
When third-grade boys have crushes, they often irk and abuse the objects of their erections to mask their affection.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2008


Wasilla rock city

Alaskan indie rockers on Palin: WTF?!
The Republican National Convention hardly attracted as many glitterati as its Democratic counterpart did a week earlier.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 08, 2008


Part-time villain

Ill Bill gets nice
As much as Ill Bill eschews clichés, the Brooklyn rap goon is either a righteous friend or a torrential enemy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 03, 2008


That’ll learn ya

Kabir schools other MCs, little kids
In eighth grade, I decided that school and hip-hop should exist separately.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2008


King Syze

Jedi Mind Tricks Presents: Labor Union | Babygrande
The Philly rhyme giant proves his worth with calculated lyrics that simultaneously touch topics and talk trash.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 26, 2008


Rebirth of a prince

Digging RZA in 36 steps
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008


Backed the f*** up

‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008


Reks in effect

Lawtown MC bounces back
Since jumping skills-first onto Boston’s rap scene seven years ago, Lawrence-born MC Reks has earned a variety of reputations.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 28, 2008


Fakts One

Long Range | Greenstreets
Fakts never built a repertoire deep enough to secure his own specific sound, but on Long Range he proves he can dip into a variety of styles and cater tracks around any MC’s individual tastes.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008


Here we go, yo

Rock the Bells: Q-Tip reunites A Tribe Called Quest one last time
No Rock the Bells tour would be official without a godlike headliner at the helm.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008


Gift rap

Edu Leedz blows out the candles
Boston hip-hop promoter Edu Leedz celebrated his 29th birthday in carnal mediæval-king fashion. The only thing missing was a three-pound turkey leg for Leedz to gnaw on.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 15, 2008


Future classic

Here, sit down and check out Moe Pope
No problem — your crib was on the way to the racetrack anyway. We’ll be able to meet Erik at the Hot Dog Safari in 20 minutes if the traffic holds up.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 01, 2008


Bigmouth strikes again

Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008


Talk the talk

A local hip-hop critic puts his money where his mouth is
Music critics can’t win.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 17, 2008
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