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Bum-rushing Sophocles
Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers" is the feel-conflicted hit of the summer. [08-21-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Shafted
The baddest "theme from" ever. [07-24-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Freaks and Geeks
Self-professed nerds DJ Kid Koala and MC Paul Barman incorporate self-deprecating humor into outstanding new releases. [04-03-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rotting Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins return to rock on their new "Machina," but it's really just an ineffective plea for people to listen to them again. [03-06-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dynamic Duo
Prince Paul and "The Automator" are the antithesis of today's hot-shot hip-hop producers: they want their music to have a long-term impact. [02-07-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dollar Signs
Goodie Mob make music to make money, and make music about making money. [01-24-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Slow Jams Plus
1999 was a year of slow jams and dirty bastards. [01-03-00]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Master Sessions
Q-Tip sounds like he's just on a booty-quest on "Amplified," while Rakim's "The Master" dropped without so much as an appearance on "Total Request Live." [12-20-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Jump-Up
British dj Aphrodite's action-packed "Urban Jungle" succeeds because the electronica comes second to the hip hop. [12-07-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Over the "Rainbow"
Now that Mariah Carey's lost her vision of love, she says it's time for her to "represent." [11-22-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Wacky Packs
Redman and Method Man's just-released "Blackout" balances stentorian outrageousness with bracingly economical wordplay chiseled out of mesquite. [10-25-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Wild Thing
Open the new Isley Brothers' box-set and you'll reveal a pack of Motown misfits. [10-11-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Big Dirt
Whether or not the strugglin' nature of hip-hop '99 causes you great dismay, you need Ol' Dirty Bastard's lunacy in your life. [09-27-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hipocalypse Now
There's still a lot of old-time-religious terror in America's conception of the Last Days, of course, but increasingly we seem to imagine the world going out not with a bang but with a secular pop. [09-20-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Life Size
Macy Gray voice has been compared to Billie Holiday's, Tina Turner's, Aretha's, Janis's, and Nina Simone's. And it's not just hype. [08-30-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Release Me
Kool Keith's major-label debut confronts the rapper's dilemma -- play ball with the terminally uncool rap mainstream or be a cartoon brother from another (Digable) planet. [08-16-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Mop and Glow
Hip-hop compilation CDs are outselling full-length albums. [08-02-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rush Hours
The Chemical Brothers' new "Surrender" time-tunnels back to the '80s to dig for beats, but like Austin Powers, it looks to the '60s for its mojo. [07-05-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Singled Out
New 12-inch singles from 2Mex, Genius, and Brandy define the face of hip-hop. [06-21-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Atomic Bomb
Public Enemy's online-only CD, "There's a Poison Goin' On . . . " comes on strong with syncopated explosions, pump-shotgun drum loops, whinnying flutes, and more. [06-07-99]
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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