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Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: The LOX

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The LOX are legends.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (March 25, 2016)

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It’s been a Batman week for me.

For my birthday, my wife (and kid) decorated the dining room in a Batman theme and gave me a Batman cake like I was turning 12 and not 36.

I also wrote a long piece on how Tim Burton’s Batman films are better in memory than in reality.

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Flashback Friday Flop

Flashback Friday Flop: “Money, Power & Respect”

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Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. 

This week: The LOX’s Money, Power & Respect (1998)

Puff Daddy and Bad Boy dominated the music industry in 1997, releasing three albums that year – The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, Puffy’s own No Way Out, and Mase’s Harlem World – that combined to sell twenty-one million copies and gave birth to the Shiny Suit Era.

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Greatness Hip-Hop Nostalgia

The Other Great Rap Battle of 2001

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Everyone knows that an epic hip-hop battle that took place in late 2001, when Jay-Z and Nas brawled for the throne, but far too many people forget that another classic rap clash began that year as well.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (November 20, 2015)

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My daughter is only three, but I often worry about her.

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Hip-Hop Nostalgia

Revisiting the Hip-Hop Class of 1998

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Class of nine-eight, my fellow graduates / Well-known savages
– Nature, “Fire”

A seismic shift occurred in hip-hop in 1998.