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8 items by Kevin Powell

  • Nastradamus

    Nastradamus | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the span of his four-album solo career, Nas has gone from being a leader of the new school to being a follower. On Nastradamus, Nas is torn between socially conscious lyrics and the fear of forfeiting...

    January 20, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • One Day It'll All Make Sense

    One Day It'll All Make Sense | ALBUM REVIEW

    Common could be the most thoughtful, lyrically skilled rapper you've never heard of. His third album, One Day It'll All Make Sense, is a 17-track assortment of meditations and musings; over minimalist drumbeats, Common's incisive observations offer...

    January 22, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • I Got Next

    I Got Next | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ten years and nine albums is a highly unlikely life expectancy in the here today/gone tomorrow world of hip-hop, but self-proclaimed rap specialist KRS-One has both under his belt. Just as significantly, he's remained relevant in a...

    April 28, 1997 12:00 AM ET
  • Check Your Head

    Check Your Head | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beastie Boys — Mike D., MCA and Ad-Rock — are back after a three-year hiatus with their most unconventional outing to date. While their first two albums, Licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique, presented in-your-face rhymes,...

    December 11, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Bury Me Like a G: The Short Life and Violent Death of Tupac Shakur

    Bury Me Like a G: The Short Life and Violent Death of Tupac Shakur | ARTICLE

    At 4:03 p.m. on Sept. 13, Tupac Amaru Shakur, rapper and actor, died at the University of Nevada Medical Center in the Wild...

    October 31, 1996 9:15 PM ET
  • ATLiens

    ATLiens | ALBUM REVIEW

    The title of OutKast's second album suggests that the Atlantabased rap duo is spaced out on a P-Funk-style otherworldly trip. But ATLiens, like its platinum predecessor, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, is a gritty document of what's happening here and now,...

    October 31, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Tupac Shakur: 1971-1996

    Tupac Shakur: 1971-1996 | ARTICLE

    At 4:03 P.M. on Sept. 13, Tupac Amaru Shakur, rapper and actor, died at the University of Nevada Medical Center in the Wild West gambling town of Las Vegas, the result of gunshot wounds he had received...

    October 31, 1996 12:00 AM ET
  • Chic-ism

    Chic-ism | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's something a bit surreal about the return of the trendsetting late-Seventies dance band Chic. Visions of polyester-clad bodies bending and churning beneath strobe lights, heated by disco fever, are vivid. And so are the echoes of...

    March 3, 1992 3:05 PM ET
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