Oliver Wang

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  • 11 years ago | Reviews

    Edan Beauty and the Beat Lewis It's a challenge to describe Boston's Edan as anything more than an obsessed fan-boy of late '80s hip hop, an acolyte schooled in the furious braggadocio of Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap. On his debut, 2002's Primiti...

  • 11 years ago | Reviews

    Ghostface The Pretty Toney Album Def Jam It takes new lexicons to phrase Ghostface's grace; his ballistic imagination inspires inventions like illtacular, stuntastic, splendescent. While other peers play it so cool they're frozen, Ghost embraces f...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' Shady Records Ignorance may be bliss, but for 50 Cent, it's chic, too. Not only is his knife-toting, X-dealing testimony Get Rich or Die Tryin' one of the fastest-selling debuts in pop music history, 50 has also beco...

  • 13 years ago | Reviews

    The Roots Phrenology MCA Not since the late-'80s heyday of the Bomb Squad has a rap group cared as much about the sound of their music as the Roots. This attention to detail is something that rock artists just take for granted; you're supposed to ...

  • 13 years ago | Essays

    Learning to love her Royal Highness of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in her Columbia years.

  • 13 years ago | Essays

    Smokin' Grooves lights up hip hop's crossover crowd.

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