• Brother Ali

    Brother Ali

    Brother Ali raps more gratitude than attitude, sending a refreshing surge of celebration through Chicago’s Metro.

  • Rick Rubin: In the Studio

    Rick Rubin: In the Studio

    Jake Brown takes advantage of the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records to present music fans with his appreciation of its co-founder, Rick Rubin.

  • Q-Tip

    Q-Tip

    On the historic day that America elects its first African-American president, an eloquent messenger for “change,” Q-Tip releases The Renaissance. Coincidence? John-Thomas Crockett sits down with “The Abstract” prior to the outcome to discuss The Renaissance, Obama, and how he feels about Q-Tip vs. Lil Wayne.

  • T.I.

    T.I.

    Paper Trails (Grand Hustle/Atlantic). Review by John-Thomas Crockett.

  • Young Jeezy

    Young Jeezy

    The Recession (Def Jam/Universal/Corporate Thugz Entertainment). Review by John-Thomas Crockett.

  • Bonnaroo

    Bonnaroo

    As music festivals spring up all over the country, Bonnaroo attempts to live up to its reputation as Rolling Stone Magazine‘s “Best Festival.” Jen Cray fears that the heart has gone right out of it.

  • Brother Ali

    Brother Ali

    Chris Catania is utterly floored by Brother Ali’s recent Chicago performance. Is the future of indie rap an albino Muslim who comes off equal parts Muhammed Ali, KRS-One and southern preacher? Maybe you should find out for yourself…

  • Common

    Common

    Finding Forever (Geffen Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

  • Black Like Them

    Shelton Hull puts on his media critic hat to review DVD documentaries on Rastafari women and the Black Panther Party, while taking in Kool Keith’s recent TRL performance all in one sitting.

  • Starsailor

    Starsailor

    Brit-pop smash Starsailor is working on a foothold in America. Chris Catania sat down with James Walsh to find out about breaking in a new country, Bright Eyes and why American crowds giggle during “Alcoholic.”

  • daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra

    daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra

    San Francisco Debut, Unfinished Symphony (Kufala Recordings). Review by Shelton Hull.

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