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10 items by Ernest Hardy

  • Bridging The Gap

    Bridging The Gap | ALBUM REVIEW

    Los Angeles-based hip-hop trio Black Eyed Peas is the unofficial West Coast franchise of the East Coast's iconic Native Tongues collective. Part of their hometown appeal lies in West Coast heads' desperation to show the world that...

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Love & Life

    Love & Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mary J. Blige has been dubbed the Queen of Hip-hop Soul, but she's really an old-fashioned blues singer wrapped in hip-hop beats and soul grooves. She knows that the blues are more than simply songs of woe...

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Elephunk

    Elephunk | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Elephunk, their third album, Los Angeles alterna-rap group the Black Eyed Peas make another bid to crack the big time. To that end, they break out some marquee names — Justin Timberlake, Papa Roach, Brazilian samba...

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Dance For Me

    Dance For Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    For the past few years, the reigning queen of hip-hop soul has been slowly expanding her turf to include house music, through sleek, propulsive dance remixes of some of her biggest hits. Long obtainable only through import...

    September 10, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • TP-2.Com

    TP-2.Com | ALBUM REVIEW

    R. Kelly's 2004 album Happy People/U Saved Me was a misstep, heavily burdened by invocations of God's infinite compassion for singers wrestling with child pornography charges. But Kelly has dropped all that for the time being: The...

    November 9, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Velvet Rope

    The Velvet Rope | ALBUM REVIEW

    The marketplace has been both artistic boot camp and therapist's couch for Janet Jackson; at the core of her bond with her audience is the fact that it has paid for the privilege to watch her come...

    October 30, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Share My World

    Share My World | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mary J. Blige has the most bruised heart in contemporary pop and R&B — and the most resilient. The undisputed queen of hip-hop/R&B, Blige's connection to fans is wired to her heart condition — the way her...

    April 25, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Chaos And Disorder

    Chaos And Disorder | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the back of the CD booklet is a disclaimer by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince: "Originally intended 4 private use only, this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by (The Symbol) 4 Warner...

    August 22, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Beats, Rhymes and Life

    Beats, Rhymes and Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Damn, we ain't prophets/And if you think so, you need to stop it." A Tribe Called Quest launch that fiery verbal projectile in "Get a Hold," a slamming, paradox-driven track from the group's near-flawless fourth album, Beats,...

    August 8, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • No Protection: Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor

    No Protection: Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor | ALBUM REVIEW

    Massive Attack's landmark 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, was a rich, seamless fusion of musical and cultural references: dub-based U.K. sound systems, classic American pop and soul, and the brash, fearless ingenuity of precocious club kids. The...

    May 16, 1996 12:00 AM ET
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