Underground Hip-Hop

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    January 27, 2014

    The Six Musicians Who Most Love Outer Space

    Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." As a result, I've been compensating by drinking cold press coffee -- a dark, sludgy substance that resembles the loneliness of space. It makes me feel like my brain is made out of tiny ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2013
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    August 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, August 1-7

    So who's ready for B L A C K I E to scare some people at Good Records today? We certainly can't wait. If you weren't already going (to this one or the show tomorrow at Macaroni Island in Denton), please read the great Shea Serrano's excellent profile of the Houston artist, published in our sister pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    A Mid-Week Chill Out Mix From JT Donaldson

    The plethora of beatmakers, producers and DJs in Dallas are bussin' the local music scene wide open. We here at the Observer wanted to showcase that talent through bi-weekly mix's made by the best in the business. So stream, download and share the mix with your friends. Relive the weekend and prepar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The Coachella 2013 Awards

    The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers. "WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA." The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Wishes Come True in Dallas

    Who says wishes don't come true? Last year, as I thought what could I do more of in this town in the new year, a few things came to mind. A Riff Raff live performance. Check, thank to March's South by So What bill. A late-night coffee option where I could pretend to get a little work done. Well, loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, February 7-10

    The xx Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, at The Granada Theater Achingly hip Londoners the xx have a two-night stay at The Granada this week, meaning twice as many Dallasites will be swept away by songs from their now-ubiquitous debut album and the recently released Coexist. We're k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    The Grape Is Now Run By A New Top Chef

    Danyele McPherson just recently returned from taping Bravo's Top Chef, and now has been promoted to chef de cuisine at The Grape. McPherson is one of a handful of Dallas chefs to appear on the show and subsequently run a restaurant. Tiffany Derry and Tre Wilcox focus on high-end dining in upper-cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    The Smoker's Club Tour/Aesop Rock - Trees/The Granada Theater - 8/9/12

    The Smoker's Club Tour/Aesop Rock Trees/The Granada Theater Thursday, August 9 Last night was a hard night for a hip-hop fan in Dallas. The Smoker's Club Tour had favorites like Juicy J and next big things Smoke DZA and Joey Bada$$ at Trees. Aesop Rock was bringing his flavor back to Dallas with Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Crushed Stars - LaGrange - 7/26/12

    The Angelus, Crushed Stars LaGrange Thursday, July 26 Last night at LaGrange was certainly a sit-down kind of show, but it wasn't a slumber party. Crushed Stars, the acclaimed combo led by Todd Gautreau, proved why they are one of Dallas' hidden treasures. The band rarely plays live (this was their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Eleven of This Weekend's Top Shows: Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest, Nicki Minaj, Kool Keith and More

    Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest IISaturday, July 28, at Granada TheaterIn its second year, Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest has (smartly) shortened things a bit, thus giving more breathing room to the bands, which included Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Chromatics, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd and DJ Sober.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    The DC9er Mixtape, Resurrected: DJ Sissy Ross

    OK, it's been a while, but the DC9er mixtape series is officially back in action. We're resurrecting the weekly DJ profile with a Q&A and mixtape from Dallas' '90s hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Sissy Ross. Check out her Q&A and original mix below.

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
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    June 20, 2012

    Want Two Tickets to the El-P/Killer Mike Show Tomorrow?

    If you don't know, now you know. Tomorrow night is our DC9 at Night Crawl, which starts at Single Wide around 6:30 p.m., then stops at the Granada for El-P and Killer Mike, who both just released excellent new albums. Then it ends at Beauty Bar for DJ Sober's Big Bang night, and the official after-p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    11 Great Show Announcements: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Nicki Minaj & More

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor Thursday, October 11, at Granada Theater, $25Legendary Canadian post rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor have reunited for the first tour in nearly a decade. The band, famous for their intense live show, expansive arrangements and vivid projections, will be an incredible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Erykah Badu Lectures, Partners With Mark Ronson, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, Dap-Kings

    Got two hours to kill? Then, by all means, give the above clip of Miss Erykah Badu talking to the folks at the Red Bull Music Academy a watch and hear her talk about her sonic evolution, her musical upbringing and the debt she owes to artists such as J Dilla. Alas, if you don't have two hours -- and ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Last Night: Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) at House of Blues

    Black Star, Playdough, Topic House of Blues September 7, 2011 Better than: being blown away by a firearm. Mike BrooksMos Def in Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" ride post-show.​ Although each has enjoyed a remarkable solo career as one of the most important names in hip-hop today, Mos Def and Talib K ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011
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    January 14, 2011

    Giveaway: Five Pairs of Tickets to see Kool Keith at The Loft Tonight

    As we've already mentioned today, one of the world's most prolific and creative rappers, Kool Keith, will bring his hip hop inventions, Horrorcore and Pornocore, to The Loft tonight. Some might remember him as Dr. Octagon, his moniker in the '90s -- since when, he has released 20 studio records. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Pedestrian Playlist: What Does Dallas Maverick DJ Whiz T Listen To?

    Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to people of interest in the metroplex about their taste in music, including likes, dislikes, and guilty pleasures. We're calling it Pedestrian Playlist -- because, hey, everyone listens to music.DJ Whiz T at work.​The Dallas Maverick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Giveaway: Five Pairs of Tickets To Aesop Rock At The Granada Saturday

    ​The Granada Theater offered DC9 readers five pairs of tickets to Saturday's Aesop Rock show, which is a must-see for fans of eccentric, thought-provoking indie hip-hop. Pitchfork may not be too keen on his latest project, the MURS/Slug collabo Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, but Aesop Rock is s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2009
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    April 27, 2009

    Today In Music News: The Killers Do Covers, Beyonce Gets Validation, A Gossip Girl Gets A Deal, and J Dilla Gets Another Release

    Your daily dose of national music news for Monday, April 27, 2009...In a move that screams "contractual obligation," The Killers are prepping a live DVD and covers album for release.Looks like the Today clip of Beyonce singing horribly was "just a goof" made by some dude.The girl who plays the bitch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Show Announcements: Let it Rock Tour, Billy Joe Shaver, Aesop Rock, Elvis Perkins

    This week's show announcements include the Let it Rock Tour (with headliner Kevin Rudolf, pictured above), Billy Joe Shaver and Aesop Rock. Complete listing after the jump.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Giveaway: Two Pairs Of Tickets To Catch MURS At Hailey's Tonight

    In this week's paper, Observer contributor Eric W. Saeger tackles the subject of L.A. rapper MURS: Now boasting a Warner Bros. contract, he nevertheless continues to lampoon the pigeonholes into which MCs are known to fall; he describes his music as "Sitcom Rap," taking elements from everyday li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Download DJ Z-Trip's "Party For Change" Mix And Get Ready For His November 11 Dallas Show...

    Maybe you know DJ Z-Trip. Maybe you don't. He's a pretty big deal on the touring DJ circuit, though. Know that. And he got himself fairly involved in the election, throwing various "Party for Change" events across the country alongside Shepard Fairey--the guy responsible for this image, which we l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Last Night: Del tha Funky Homosapien at the Granada Theater

    Del tha Funky Homosapien Granada Theater September 26, 2008 Better than: The GZA’s show a few weeks at ago at The Loft, despite a less-hip-hop-friendly venue. Del kept the fans at the Granada happy. (Bill Ellison) Del tha Funky Homosapien raised eyebrows recently when he moved to a new label a ... More >>

  • Music

    September 25, 2008

    Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

    Thursday, September 25, at the Granada Theater

  • Music

    March 13, 2008
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    February 5, 2008
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    November 15, 2007

    Erykah Badu is Back

    Remember Ms. Erykah Badu? We didn't forget her soulful vocals and enchanting beats. Well, we're in luck, because the Dallas native just released her first single, "Honey," from her forthcoming album -- tentative title Kahba -- which will hit stores on her birthday, Feb. 26. The new track, featuring ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Atmosphere, Mac Lethal, Grayskul

    Thursday, September 27, at the Palladium Loft

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    A Badu New Track from HOB's Debut Act

    By now you oughta know the House of Blues opens tonight in the former White Swan Building in Victory Park, and by now you should know that Erykah Badu's going to be the first artist to take the stage in what will be Dallas' best-looking live-music venue, if not its best-sounding. Show ain't cheap: T ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Pop Quiz

    Time to put your skillz to the test

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Pop's Kid

    DJ Rob Viktum's unlikely upbringing was in—get this—Amarillo

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006


    If you want to clear up Soul Position's contradictions, don't study its Blueprint

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    Video Trapped the Rapper Tour

    Wednesday, March 29, at Tom Cat's

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Aesop Rock

    Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives (Def Jux)

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Aesop Rock

    Wednesday, January 19, at Tom Cats

  • Year End Music

    December 30, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004


    July 9

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Bent Life

    Bazooka Tooth isn't a fable. It's Aesop Rock's reality.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002
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    February 14, 2002

    Techno Animal

    Brotherhood of the Bomb (Matador)

  • Music

    November 11, 1999

    Handsome Dan

    Dan "The Automator" Nakamura loves hip-hop -- but he loves music more

  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    Out There

    Where water tastes like wine

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