Christopher O'connor


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  • 14 years ago

    Some of us remember when rap music sounded and looked dangerous, when even grade-school kids could hear those old Rick Rubin beats and Busy Bee rhymes and say, "What the hell is this?" The dinosaurs who roamed that earth were former gang bangers a...

  • 15 years ago

    Daniel Lanois, superstar producer and occasional solo artist, took pains in his liner notes to thank all of the musicians who contributed to Shine, his first album in a decade. These fellow musicians include U2's Bono, sensual country singer Emmyl...

  • 15 years ago

    In "The Driveby," one of several side-splitting skits on storied hip-hop producer Prince Paul's clever new concept album Politics of the Business, Paul finds himself confronted on the street by a hyper, exasperated fan. "I did the worm, man. I use...

  • 15 years ago

    Chan Marshall, known to the rock-and-roll world as Cat Power, is a painfully shy woman with a lot to say. You Are Free, her new album and first since 2001's bleak The Covers Record, is the least self-assured-sounding self-assured record in ages. "...

  • 16 years ago

    Nas runs, it seems, on two themes: loss and the reclamation of former glory. With God's Son, the Queens rapper--plagued by a lack of focus for years--makes those themes indistinguishable, finally meeting the challenge of Illmatic, his 1994 masterp...


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