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Jeff Chang

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  • 9 years ago

    Hip-hop sometimes sounds like a once future culture hung up on its past. Welcome back Izod Lacoste pastels and skinny jeans, cocaine binges and nuclear fears. But what once appeared effortless now seems premeditated. Missy's Cybotron and Fergie's ...

  • 11 years ago

    Drive east past Vallejo through the golden Northern California hills and you descend into Fairfield, a highway town between Bay Area and Sacramento sprawl. It's the kind of place you move to when homicide rates hit 200 and median housing prices pu...

  • 11 years ago

    When your radio and television have become front lines in the battle for hearts and minds, and Howard Stern and Janet Jackson pass for revolutionaries, what do true radicals do for entertainment? Re-enter Antibalas and Ozomatli. Like the master pl...

  • 11 years ago

    The first reported death of hip-hop—and they've all been premature—came in the summer of 1979, months before "Rapper's Delight." Uptown, the kids had grown up and out of the old Bronx style. No one break-danced anymore, they roller-skate...

  • 11 years ago

    Once, when grunge was still king, Steve Albini branded Tortoise more "jazz" and "prog" than punk, and insisted that was a compliment. But now that "post-rock" has been drained of meaning and bleeding-edge cachet, haters have hardened those descrip...

  • 12 years ago

    Was only yesterday when London's Black dance music scene seemed to cast off history's weight and speed toward the millennium. To Black British music critic Kodwo Eshun, sociology, biography, and a fixation on "the real" had shackled Black music. W...

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