Underground Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Run the Jewels Were Hip Hop's Great Unifiers Last Night at Trees

    Run the Jewels Trees, Dallas Thursday, November 6, 2014 The blood red tour bus bearing Run The Jewels' name and signature iconography - two mummified hands, one surrendering a gold chain to the other, gestured as a gun - glared in the early afternoon sun outside of Trees in Deep Ellum, visible from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Best Concerts in Dallas this Weekend 9/19 - 9/21

    Well, it's the weekend once again. We here at DC9 hope you powered through the week and that you're looking for some relief. We want you to go to some bars and have a few drinks. We want you to pregame beforehand. (That's just being fiscally responsible.) But most importantly, we want you to check o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Oaktopia Is Back, and It's Way Bigger

    Last year, first-time Denton festival Oaktopia delivered on content but not so much on attendance. As Aaron Ortega reported in November, the largest crowd was 200 or so, for the mighty Del the Funky Homosapien. You might suppose a festival that drew such a modest crowd last time would scale back a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Jean Grae Talks Jeanius Re-Release Plans, Prepares to D-Town Boogie

    The best show you had no idea was going on this week is almost upon us. Tonight, Heroes Sports Lounge weekly Paid In Full Fridays emcee battles will feature a very special guest headliner. A legend in the game, and arguably the most talented female emcee to ever pick up a mic- Brooklyn's own Jean Gr ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013


    Friday, February 8, at The Prophet Bar

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2012

    10. The Idea of Beautiful, Rapsody The black mamba of super producer 9th Wonder's Jamla Records team reached a new pinnacle in her career, and in her evolution as an artist this year. Sprinkled with collaborations from Big Remo, BJ the Chicago Kid and Childish Gambino, Rapsody takes us on a journey ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012

    Kool Keith at Trees

    Thursday, July 26, at Trees

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    El-P, Killer Mike - Granada Theater - 6/21/12

    El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot The Granada Theater Thursday, June 21 Listening to the recorded works of El-P, it's easy to get the feeling you're dealing with a robot who has somehow discovered the emotional razor wire that is living a human life. Last night, El-P pushed back t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    El-P: "I Have the Same Questions As Everyone Else. I Am Just a Fucked-Up Guy."

    "I'm not writing about politics. I don't give a fuck about that shit. I'm trying to write songs about getting from the train station to home without crying." Jaime Meline, better known as El-P, didn't say those words to me. He said them to Wired, but when I read the quote, it stuck. I caught the ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The Problem With... Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"

    See also: In Defense Of... Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" Ever since I started this column, I've dreaded going after any track by Justin Bieber. On one hand, the stuff with his name on it is too predictable and manufactured to deride in a unique way. Also, I've always feared that if bash his work, his ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011


    Sunday, March 27, at Hailey's, Denton

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    SXSW Interview: LL Cool J and Z-Trip Talk About Their Collaboration, Their High Esteem For The Hip-Hop "Blueprint" and Their Thoughts On Rap's Up-And-Coming Talent.

    Marco Torres, Houston PressLadies Love Cool James​ Don't call it a comeback: Despite having been absent from performing in the hip-hop world for some time now, legendary rap originator LL Cool J has been around for years, rocking his peers and putting suckers in fear. And, at last night's Red Bull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Giveaway: A Pair of Tickets To See Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Wednesday

    ​The Wu-Tang Clan is one of the most influential hip-hop groups in history, and their music has come to exemplify underground hip-hop to the point that, if you don't know Wu-Tang, you don't know hip-hop. Almost all of the original members have also moved on to successful solo careers since coming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Erykah Badu Formally Announces New Amerykah, Pt. II Details--Which Pushes Its Release Date Back Till Late March, Oh Well.

    Cooler than the other side of the pillow.​The formal press announcement concerning Erykah Badu's upcoming New Amerykah, Pt. II: Return of the Ankh release just came through the inbox and, well, some bad news: The disc, originally slated for a February 23 release, has had its date pushed back a mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Over The Weekend: Aesop Rock at the Granada Theater

    Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big WizGranada TheaterSaturday, December 5, 2009 Better than: studying for an essay exam.Gloria LevarioAesop Rock--a little less live than you'd expect?​Easily one of the most eccentric and talented wordsmiths in the world of hip-hop, Aesop Rock has been giving undergroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Gig Reminder: Mos Def at House of Blues Tonight

    Straight from the dead tree edition, courtesy Observer contributor Nate Patrin...Ten years after Mos Def's solo debut, Black on Both Sides, fans might've looked at his subsequent uneven catalog and started to wonder if their fondest memories of him in the '00s would consist mostly of his Chappelle' ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Mos Def

    Tuesday, August 18, at House of Blues

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Gig Alert: Mr. Lif Tonight at The Loft

    Hibbard NashMr. Lif questions your thoughts of not seeing his show tonight.School's not ending for most districts until Thursday, but those wanting to get an early start to their summer concert plans can do so this evening at The Loft as heralded wordsmith Mr. Lif (a.k.a. Jeffrey Haynes) brings his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2009

    Last Night: Dr. Dooom vs. Dr. Octagon at The Loft

    Dr. Dooom vs. Dr. OctagonThe LoftMarch 6, 2009 Better Than: Getting to the show when the doors open, only to wait three-and-a-half hours for to Keith actually get on stage. I thought I was playing it safe when I arrived at The Loft close to 10 o'clock. As I got to ticket win ... More >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
  • Music

    November 13, 2008

    MURS, Kidz in the Hall, Rapper Big Pooh, Isaiah

    Wednesday, November 19, at Hailey's in Denton

  • Music

    July 17, 2008

    Writing on the Wall

    We try—with very little luck—to get to the bottom of why Del Tha Funkee Homosapien isn't touring with his old cats in Hieroglyphics

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2008

    Local DJ Rob Viktum Remixes Hangar 18; Def Jux Offers Free Download Of Album

    See, it is about who you know: When the (pretty kickass) independent hip-hop label Definitive Jux--home to El-P, Aesop Rock, Dizzee Rascal, Del The Funkee Homosapien, RJD2, Mr. Lif and more--was looking for a DJ to remix the recently released album from rap trio Hangar 18, local DJ and beatmaker Rob ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008

    Erykah Badu Has Returned

    The songstress burst through her stuggles with writer's block and created a solid record

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Last Night: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at House of Blues

    The Hard Sell? Only a little. (Jessica Walker)DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Jan. 19, 2008 House of Blues Better Than: When I drink too much Shiraz and play classic '80s records for my friends for hours and hours and hours… Wand-ed down once again for another live music extravaganza at House of Blu ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007


    Sunday, August 19, at the Granada Theater

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Hot Chip

    Thursday, April 26, at the Granada Theater

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    J Dilla

    Ruff Draft (Stones Throw)

  • Music

    March 29, 2007


    I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    February 8, 2007
  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Various Artists

    Stones Throw and Adult Swim Present: Chrome Children (Stones Throw Records)

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    D Does Dilla

    J Dilla died earlier this year at the age of 32. On Saturday, Dallas' hip-hop community turned out to pay its last respects. The career of J Dilla (born James Yancey) was illustrious, if tragically abbreviated. A solid and soulful Detroit beat wizard who produced seminal work with an impressive list ... More >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Dr. Octagon

    The Return of Dr. Octagon (OCD)

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Lyrics Born, Pigeon John, Tahiti

    Monday, October 17, at Hailey's

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Felt (Slug and Murs)

    Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet (Rhymesayers)

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Lyrics Born

    Saturday, April 16, at Hailey's

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    MF Doom

    MM..Food (Rhymesayers)

  • Year End Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    RJD2, Lyrics Born, Diplo

    Wednesday, December 8

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    Okay, Player

    Rap has always been about community. Now the community is online.

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    The Definitive Take

    Indie hip-hop label Definitive Jux plays kingmaker for the underground

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Wake Up!

    A year-end rant or rave for the rap music industry

  • Music

    October 16, 2003
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    July 31, 2003

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Rapper MF Doom's new works of hip-hop fiction reinvent the hero principle for the modern age

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Gang Starr

    The Ownerz (Virgin)

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Various Artists

    Constant Elevation (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    May 23, 2002


    Fantastic Damage (Def Jux)

  • Music

    April 25, 2002


    All of the Above (Coup d'Etat)

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Nathaniel Merriweather Presents...

    Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By (75 Ark)

  • Music

    November 2, 2000

    Deltron 3030

    Deltron 3030 (Ark 75)

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