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Singles Throwback: “Getto Jam” by Domino

March 2, 2010 • 0
Westsiiiide! This is my jam! Domino and Snoop were the early pioneers of a melodious style of rapping that sounds more like singing: Domino’s slippery-smooth flow is what makes this song really chill — “Here we go, here we go as the tune starts to bloom/with a phat phat phat choree-us.” It’s too bad that »
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Singles Throwback: “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)“ by Digable Planets

February 12, 2010 • 0
Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Da… In the ’94 Grammys, Digable Planets’ “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)“ beat out Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s massive hit “Nuthin but a G Thang“ for best rap performance by a duo or group. Stylistically and sonically, Digable Planets were radically different from The Chronic’s West-Coast gangsta rap. »
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Singles Throwback: “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)“ by Digable Planets

February 8, 2010 • 0
In the ’94 Grammys, Digable Planets’ “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)“ beat out Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s massive hit “Nuthin but a G Thang“ for best rap performance by a duo or group. Stylistically and sonically, Digable Planets were radically different from The Chronic’s West-Coast gangsta rap. Digable Planets —comprised of Butterfly, Ladybug »
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Singles Throwback: “Can’t You See,” by Total feat. Notorious B.I.G.

February 1, 2010 • 2
Back in the day — before making a band became “Making the Band“ and Diddy was still Puffy — the coming-together of musical talent under the aegis of Sean Combs used to be a good thing. Total, an all-female R&B trio signed with Bad Boy Records shortly after singing the hook on “Juicy“ and “One »
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Parker: I thought my mom was white until …

September 18, 2009 • 3
… fourth grade, when I discovered to my great surprise, that my mom was black. No alteration of my worldview accompanied this discovery — grass wasn’t blue and 6:30 a.m. still rolled around. But, an event one cold winter day in Stamford, Connecticut, put lots of things into perspective. After that, it made sense that »
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Lux is the perm that wears the crown

September 4, 2009 • 3
Many a celebrity has tried to eulogize Michael Jackson with singing (Mariah Carey), essays (Lisa Marie Presley) or block parties in Brooklyn (Spike Lee). But how do you properly say thank you and goodbye to the King? With a no-holds-barred dance party. Last weekend, the former A Tribe Called Quest front man, Q-Tip, hosted a »