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Review: Verbal Kent | Save Yourself

Rapmechanics (2011)
Whether you adore Kanye West or want to scalp him with a rusty spoon, there's no denying that, for those of us out on the coasts, he overshadows the rest of Chi-Town's rap scene.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 27, 2011


Web hits Quiet Desperation and Karmaloop are turning Boston into must-see TV

As Seen on PC
In Boston, there are two nascent examples of Web-video projects getting flipped into legitimate TV deals.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2011


Local experts predict the Boston of the future

Best Decade Ever
There's more to imagining our city's future than placing bets on when Hizzoner will retire (which is just an exercise in futility at this point).
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2011


How To Be Good at the Future

Tap into technology and make yourself a Master of Tomorrow
One of these days, when the Doc Brown and McFly jokes dry up, you'll have no choice but to start thinking seriously about the future. Not just tomorrow, and the day after, but the next several hundred years, since lifespans are on track to skyrocket.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 12, 2011


Hip-hop history

Dan Charnas's story is bigger than the music
Dan Charnas is aware that some disgruntled rap purists may eschew his epic tome on planet hip-hop's animated cast of titanic dick swingers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 11, 2011


Mass pot reform blazes up

Legalize It
The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) is hardly a stoned cadre of spliff-roasting slackers. They don't have that luxury.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2011


Infopocalypse: The cost of too much data

Meet big government's next big problem: Digital Overload.
At any given time, federal agencies use more electronic storage units than could fill every NFL stadium from Oakland to Foxboro.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 29, 2010


Indie hip-hop dominates the winter scene

Staying chill
There's this funny idea in the music industry — or at least in the hip-hop slice of that glorious enterprise — that it's uncool to release an album in January, February, or March. Artists and label dicks just love talking about how they're "waiting for the second quarter to drop."
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 29, 2010


The Four Loko Club: Stuff That Was Banned in 2010

Let's all shed a tear for Four Loko, Marlboros, K2 — and freedom
In early November, Sarah Palin passed out 200 sugar cookies at a school fundraiser in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 22, 2010


Best Boston Rap Albums of 2010

Bustle and flow
So I'm walking past the Jeanie Johnston in Jamaica Plain after the Boston Music Awards, and I see Slaine and his friend Ronnie hugging the bar and crushing rum and cokes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2010


The Last Weed Defendant

Why is John Rockett still in court for holding half an ounce?
John Rockett was cruising to Twin River Casino in Rhode Island when an Attleboro cop stopped his dark blue Dodge Caravan for having one headlight out.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 16, 2010


Interview: U-God

Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
Getting a mouthful of the Wu-Tang Clan
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2010


Alpha Cormega

A Queens rapper sees the real world through Boston
Cormega's been to Paris, been to and from prison, and signed to Def Jam and a host of smaller labels.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2010


100 Essential Hip-Hop Tracks for 2010

As good a snapshot of no-bullshit hip-hop in 2010 as you'll get anywhere.  
As good a snapshot of no-bullshit hip-hop in 2010 as you'll get anywhere.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2010


Click Animosity | Feeders of the Flamez

Metal Barz (2010)
You know how righteous rap fans say that brutal hip-hop can't turn kids into monsters?
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 15, 2010


Review: I Love You Phillip Morris

Should have been a drama instead
Only in the last half-hour of this film from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa does it click that we're getting the gritty, true tale of king conman Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) and his jailbird lover.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2010


Buff1 and DJ Rhettmatic | Crowne Royal

Fat Beats (2010)
From Freeway and Jake One to Ill Bill and DJ Muggs to Celph-Titled and Buckwild, 2010 was the year of the tag team.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2010


The caramel hangover of fake outrage

CREAMing our pants
CREAMing our pants
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 02, 2010


Alchemist + Oh No | Gutter Water

Decon (2010)
The debut of Alchemist and Oh No as Gangrene is like Indian-food flatulence that somehow smells delicious.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2010


Viral justice?

The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2010


Jeb Bush, savior of public education

Waiting for Kryptonite
Jeb Bush is a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 23, 2010

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