Harry Allen

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  • 7 years ago

    Exit 13 is LL Cool J's final album for Def Jam, which released his debut, Radio—dare I say it?—nearly a quarter-century ago. So at this, the culmination of his career, it isn't surprising to find the rapper defiantly affirming the supr...

  • 8 years ago

    The first couple of times I listened to Rising Down, the Roots' ninth (!) album, I couldn't stop wondering if this was actually their last contractual release for Def Jam. There's a longstanding tradition of artists using albums to douse legal obl...

  • 13 years ago

    Quality Control, Jurassic 5's 2000 debut album, refined a sound forged in the heat of battle: on the unforgiving stage of Los Angeles's Good Life Café, during the early 1990s. There, originally working as two separate and unrelated units...

  • 13 years ago

    As both a technician and craftsman, DJ Jam Master Jay (a/k/a Jason William Mizell), who was murdered last Wednesday night at the age of 37 by an assassin's single bullet, will probably be remembered less for the showy innovations and poly-hyphenat...

  • 13 years ago

    "Taco Day," rapper Jean Grae's Columbine-inspired fantasy, from ex-Company Flow DJ Mr. Len's 2001 solo album, Pity the Fool, would have made her name—taken after the mutant Marvel Comics X-Men telepath and telekinete's—one worth remember...

  • 14 years ago

    If there was a Black goth planet in some parallel universe, Busta Rhymes would be its evil emperor: the person who, in an MTV remake of The Defiant Ones (The Real Defiant Ones?), you'd handcuff to Marilyn Manson. In a recent Q&A, Busta hails M&M a...


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