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Heartbreak, Ghosts and Reverse Chronology: the Incredible Literary Achievement of ‘Undun’

Matt Raymond

February 19, 2013

On music charts, the most impressive hip-hop album of the last five years hardly made a splash. Rolling Stone gave it a modest three and a half out of five stars. It appeared fleetingly, arriving unheralded and departing quietly like a specter in the mainstream consciousness. It is perhaps fitting...

Dilla Day and Detroit’s Rap Revolution

Matt Raymond

February 12, 2013

Last Sunday, Feb. 10 was Dilla Day in Detroit.  Hip-hop fans poured into the Filmore and they didn't leave until after 2 AM.  Brooklyn hip-hop icon Talib Kweli and Detroit's own Royce da 5'9" were the night's two biggest names. The music of a broken city reverberated in triumphal celebration. But...

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