Sam Chennault

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  • 9 years ago

    Modern R&B ballads aren't so much created as they are conjured, transmitted like electricity through cable lines and radio waves in blasts of wispy melodies and soft sexuality. With the exception of old-school revivalists such as Amy Winehouse, li...

  • 11 years ago

    Is it any wonder that today's biggest emo lyricists--Eminem, Anticon's Dose One and Atmosphere's Slug--began their careers as battle rappers? After all, the constant personal needling at the hands of opposing MCs had to make them acutely self-cons...

  • 11 years ago

    Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to step back. Shying away from the cracked, free-form jams of their previous album, 2002's Phrenology, the Roots return to the more traditional boom-bap-cum-Native Tongues aesthetic of their previous wo...

  • 12 years ago

    After a six-year hiatus, the Beastie Boys return with To the 5 Boroughs and alternately position themselves as pop-culture bottom feeders and political pedants. While anti-Bush screeds "That's It That's All" and "Time to Build" come across as heav...

  • 12 years ago

    Whether we're talking about the funky-fresh breakin', gold-chain hip-hop fans of the 1980s or the glowstick, lollipopped PLUR set, music has always been as much about the community and culture surrounding it as it has the scales and octaves within...


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