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Slaughterhouse “Slaughterhouse” (2009)


From the August 17, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

What do you do when you’re an extremely talented artist who was on the verge of superstardom, but instead fell victim to music industry politics and settled for a small, loyal Internet-based audience? Start a supergroup with three other underdogs, of course. Continue reading

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Blitz The Ambassador “Stereotype” (2009)

blitzFrom the August 17, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Jazz-based hip-hop has been around for more than 20 years. Whether it was the sample-based sounds of Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest, or the live instrumentation of The Roots, jazz music figured prominently in the development of hip-hop music and culture. But while modern rap trends favor drum machines and synthesizers, Blitz The Ambassador’s Stereotype is out to kill preconceived notions about the genre. Continue reading

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Alt-rockers Incubus to storm Bayfront Park in Miami


From the August 14, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Mike Einziger, guitarist for the spacey, experimental alternative-rock band Incubus, is a fan of stormy weather. Luckily for him, Incubus will be playing Sunday outdoors in downtown Miami — smack-dab in the middle of our storm season.

“One thing I really love about Florida is the lightning. I usually get a storm of some kind while we’re there,” he said on the phone. “I actually just enjoy being anywhere where there isn’t snow.” Continue reading

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Mos Def “The Ecstatic” (2009)


From the June 15, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

It may seem like ages ago, but Mos Def was once known for his music. As one of the faces of the now-defunct Rawkus records, Mos helped bring underground, socially conscious  hip-hop to the spotlight at the peak of mainstream excessiveness and flashiness. But while he focused on his acting career in the 2000s, the music suffered with two meandering, sloppy albums that left much to be desired (including album artwork and a booklet in the case of the bare-bones 2006 release, True Magic). Continue reading

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Rick Ross “Deeper Than Rap” (2009)


From the April 27, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Rick Ross, who hails from Carol City, has established a Tony Montana persona big enough to fill his burly stature: He claims to be a prolific crime lord with visions of a drug-and-violence filled Miami, as well as a wealthy, yacht-hopping womanizer. Continue reading

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