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Max Bell infrequently boogie boards. Homeboy Sandman is back. Homeboy Sandman never really went anywhere. In 2013, he offered devotees two EPs: Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent (with producer El Rntc) and All That I Hold Dear (with M Slago). For the final installment in this trio of EPs pairing Boy Sand with a single producer, he’s brought Paul White into the […]
If rap is pro wrestling as Uncle Rush recently said on the Arsenio Hall Show, it doesn’t mean that it necessarily conforms to the modern nitroglycerin stereotype. If it is wrestling, it’s more like the early 80s pre-Wrestlemania version, with deep competition in different realms — in one arena, a flashy gimmick could outstrip technical […]
KCRW’s Anthony Valadez doing the Lord Quasimoto’s work and mixing a hybrid blend of the best of Stones Throw from the last 16 years. This takes you from early boom-bap from Peanut Butter Wolf and Charizma to the Stark Reality (the jazz group who gave you the sample for “Figg Get Da Money”) to Madlib, […]
I’m not going to waste my time writing about the ramifications of Miley’s moment as the Vanilla Ice of twerk. But you better believe that I will talk about it on a podcast.  It has been an epic week of tomfoolery from the Kanye eunuch appearing on the Kris Jenner show, to the VMA’s, to […]
There can be a lot of disconnect between rappers and the critics that review their work.  Frequently these (nebbishy, academic) critics, at least the ones I relate to, are content to let rappers define their own worlds—the critics understanding that they may lack perspective on the black experience with which rap is frequently concerned.  To […]
Most rappers are dedicated to creating a cult of mystique around themselves. Homeboy Sandman is about the opposite: removing the layers between fan and rapper, but without attempting to be the everyman. He is not the everyman. He is a NBA shooting guard-sized, Ivy League scholar and the only rapper to ever rap “dominant allele” […]
Tosten Burks is solid as a lean elk. Still not convinced that the El-P and Killer Mike matrimony signaled the fall of cross-niche hip-hop barriers? How about the Aussie, Jonti, working with New York wiseman Homeboy Sandman. The Olympics really do bring us all together. Or maybe, all it takes is a Stones Throw to […]
According to the infallible tandem of Wikipedia and Greek mythology, the chimera is a “monstrous fire-breathing female creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of multiple animals: upon the body of a lioness with a tail that ended in a snake’s head, the head of a goat arose on her back at […]
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Jonah Bromwich gets scared of Inner Circle. About a year ago, The Beastie Boys and Nas had a song called “Too Many Rappers.” It claimed that there weren’t enough MC’s anymore. One of the many things this told you was that the Beasties were sleeping on Homeboy Sandman. Another thing it told you, (which you […]
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