Tag Archive for rap

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Run The Jewels. Gothic Theatre. 11.18.14

Rap music is about two things, lyrics and beats. Take either away and you’ve got poetry slam or bass music, neither of which I’m very fond of. So it’s a testament to El-P’s production that last night’s show worked despite the sound problems. Killer Mike and El-P are both hip-hop powerhouses in their own right, but when they team up… Read more →

Drake vs. Lil Wayne. Red Rocks. 09.10.14

When the “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour was announced, I figured it was just another clever marketing ploy. These Young Money artists share a label and a fan base, but I doubt anyone saw that announcement and didn’t immediately pick a favorite. Lil Wayne has been in the game a lot longer than Drake, so he’s got time on his… Read more →

Kanye West. Sprint Center.12.03.13

I’m not going to claim to be a genius, or to have a familiar relationship with Jesus, but I think I may have a touch of something — a gift of some kind. How else would you explain my prediction, weeks before the damaged LED screen, that the “Yeezus Tour” would not be making a stop in Denver? Sure, the Pepsi Center… Read more →

Nas. Cervantes. 11.15.13

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is one of the most deceptive venue names in history. The club exists in a dead zone of Five Points, at least eight blocks from the nearest watering hole. The venue serves its purpose well, but it’s not the type of place you want to hang out all night. It was for this reason that we found… Read more →

Nas. Red Rocks. 09.06.13

“Yo, all I need is one mic, one beat, one stage…“ Nas couldn’t have closed out his career-spanning set with a more appropriate song. The ‘one mic, one nigga front’ philosophy is just one reason Nas is still a legitimate performer at 39 years old — twenty years after Illmatic — but it is one of the most important reasons.… Read more →

Geto Boys. Summit Music Hall. 06.14.13

There are those who know Geto Boys as the group who did “that one song from Office Space”, and then there are those of us who know them as the true pioneers of Southern rap music. I won’t claim I was around for Making Trouble, but I was there in 1990 when they released The Geto Boys. I was 13… Read more →

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‘never fade away’ Recommended Releases 10.12

October turned out to be a HUGE month for new music.  The return of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a double album of original material from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the debut from Kendrick Lamar…Death Grips bypassing their label with the graphic NO LOVE DEEP WEB, hardcore shit from Pig Destroyer, Enslaved and Converge…the return of Bat For Lashes, Chelsea Wolfe… Read more →