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At UMass and beyond, hip-hop draws growing academic interest

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:09:40 GMT

The forgotten music of Boston's early hip-hop and rap scene is being revived by two unlikely heroes: a local college and the public library.  Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston have been working with the Boston Public Library to compile an online archive of demo tapes by the city's top hip-hop and rap artists of the 1980s. Open to the public, the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive was created in part to reclaim the city's role in the genres' history.  "It's been an untold story," said Pacey Foster, a rap historian and professor at UMass.




New 'Hamilton' CD features songs by Alicia Keys, Sia, Usher

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:28:11 GMT

The Broadway megahit "Hamilton" has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it's spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music's biggest stars.




A Hip-Hop Head's Guide to Art Basel 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:35:43 GMT

Art Basel has become a new hub for rappers to express themselves outside of the recording booth with innovative exhibits and ambitious events. Emcees from around the country fly down to Dade County to dive headfirst further into the culture that has ruled the streets of Wynwood and Miami Beach for decades.




Hip-hop beats path to college

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:00:58 GMT

The forgotten music of Boston's early hip-hop and rap scene is being revived by two unlikely heroes: a local college and the public library. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston have been working with the Boston Public Library to compile an online archive of demo tapes by the city's top hip-hop and rap artists of the 1980s.




At UMass and beyond, hip-hop draws growing academic interest

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:23:39 GMT

The forgotten music of Boston's early hip-hop and rap scene is being revived by two unlikely heroes: a local college and the public library. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston have been working with the Boston Public Library to compile an online archive of demo tapes by the city's top hip-hop and rap artists of the 1980s.




Great albums by musicians post-50

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:34:51 GMT

Musicians often excel in their early outings but struggle with the Muse as the indignities of middle-age, the challenge of matching their early signature work and the grind of album/tour/album kick in. As we all know, some aren't able or willing to find a way through the drugs and general misadventures - and as 90s rapper NAS said best, Life's a Bitch - So, just as we never got to read F Scott Fitzgerald , Nathanel West or David Foster Wallace confront the big 5 0 and the troubled hinterlands thereafter, so we'll never hear how Jeff Buckley , Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain or Chris Whitley dealt with ageing and creativity as the successes and temerity of youth fade in the rearview mirror.




Rising Rapper Nick Grant Talks Andre 3000 Co-Sign & Putting South Carolina on the Map

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:58:44 GMT

For 28-year-old rapper Nick Grant , hailing from South Carolina is a symbol of pride. While his contemporaries can gush about being from prestigious rap lands like New York, Atlanta, or Houston, Grant is more than comfortable with placing the weight of his hometown Walterboro, South Carolina, on his shoulders.




Gifts for the Comic Book Guy or Gal In Your Life

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:13:32 GMT

Got a comic lover in your life? Friend or family, let our holiday guide to the best comic gifts help you on your path to gift-giving super hero status. Whether they're a Marvel fan, DC fan, Image, indie, or other, we've got suggestions to help you get the perfect gift this holiday season.




At UMass and beyond, hip-hop draws growing academic interest

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:20:09 GMT

The forgotten music of Boston's early hip-hop and rap scene is being revived by two unlikely heroes: a local college and the public library. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston have been working with the Boston Public Library to compile an online archive of demo tapes by the city's top hip-hop and rap artists of the 1980s.




All eyes on Mavado Nov. 10, 2016, 7:7 PM Ast

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:51:06 GMT

Fresh from impressive performances in The Bahamas and at the Mobay Jerk Fest in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week, the "Gully Gad", David "Mavado" Brooks arrived in Trinidad last night and will make the rounds of the media houses today to make his fans aware of his presence ahead of the "Big League Weekend - Main Concert Event tomorrow night. The "Progress" and "Big League" singer is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon this morning and will also visit the San Juan Senior Comprehensive School after lunch.