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17 items by Peter Relic

  • Trill O.G.

    Trill O.G. | ALBUM REVIEW

    By the time rap superduo UGK gained fame poppin' off on Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'," they were already revered for putting candy-painted, Texas-centric swag on the map. But since Bun B's player-partner, Pimp C, died...

    August 3, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Got Your Back"

    "Got Your Back" | SONG REVIEW

    If T.I. left prison and went straight to the 'musement park, got on a rollercoaster with Keri Hilson, and afterwards they ran into DJ Toomp at the caramel apple stand, and all went into the karaoke tent...

    July 28, 2010 12:25 PM ET
  • "Vampire"

    "Vampire" | SONG REVIEW

    The persistent current popularity of blood-sucking bucks (and the chicks who love them) heads to the 'hood. Bypassing Team Edward and Team Jacob completely, teeth-barred Trina is "not remorsey" as she hops on Team Gucci: "Throw me...

    July 20, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • "Let's Chill"

    "Let's Chill" | SONG REVIEW

    This sparkly slow jam literally starts in the club: It's late and Amerie is ready to call it a night. But then she spots club-weary crooner Trey Songz, who offers the leggy songbird his immodest lullaby: "Rockabye...

    July 16, 2010 2:00 PM ET
  • "Carry Out"

    "Carry Out" | SONG REVIEW

    "Carry Out" was forgivable as filler on Timbaland's Shock Value II, but as a single, it's an unwelcome sign of how Timbo and Justin Timberlake aren't the future-pop duo they once were. The quasi-Eastern trills...

    March 18, 2010 11:20 AM ET
  • "Russian Roulette"

    "Russian Roulette" | SONG REVIEW

    This harrowing glimpse into the mind of an abused woman will stifle all snickers. Over a constricted electro-R&B pulse, Rihanna abandons all hope: "It's too late to think of the value of my life." A single...

    November 12, 2009 3:45 PM ET
  • In the Studio: T-Pain's Angry Return

    In the Studio: T-Pain's Angry Return | ARTICLE

    >T-Pain is feeling fiercely territorial over his signature sexy robot sound, or more precisely, the Auto-Tune software that turns his voice into a cyborg croon — as heard on hits he's produced or sung on, such as...

    July 17, 2008 11:33 AM ET
  • In the Studio: The Black Keys' 'Attack & Release'

    In the Studio: The Black Keys' 'Attack & Release' | ARTICLE

    Suma Studios in rural northeast Ohio has an amazing history: In its 1970s heyday, it was the birthplace of both Wild Cherry's "Play That...

    March 6, 2008 11:25 AM ET
  • Q&A: Akon

    Q&A: Akon | ARTICLE

    If you've listened to twenty minutes of hip-hop radio in the last year, you've heard Akon singing the chorus to a song or three. He's got a voice that cuts through the noise: a smooth, slightly nasal...

    November 2, 2006 12:27 AM ET
  • Todd Smith

    Todd Smith | ALBUM REVIEW

    They say money can buy you friends, and it's bought thirty-eight-year-old LL Cool J age-defying hit collabos before. But, damn, this is just too much: Eight of thirteen tracks on Todd Smith qualify as slow-jam duets (the...

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Collected

    Collected | ALBUM REVIEW

    Their old jogging buddy tricky may have been the one who used Pre-Millennium Tension as an album title, but no one captured the creeping dread of the 1990s better than the Bristol, England, group Massive Attack. Slowing...

    April 5, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • King

    King | ALBUM REVIEW

    The third album from T.I. won't do much to answer doubters who've chalked the Atlanta MC's success up to his compelling life story (he's gone from rags to riches to jail and back) and to his thug-in-aviator-shades...

    April 5, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Mary J. Blige Back on Top

    Mary J. Blige Back on Top | ARTICLE

    Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, returned to a familiar spot this week: the top of the charts. Blige overtook actor turned singer — and major chart competition — Jamie Foxx, selling another 118,000 copies...

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • The Grind Date

    The Grind Date | ALBUM REVIEW

    The magical collaboration between De La Soul and producer Prince Paul bore three classic hip-hop LPs, but since 1993's Buhloone Mindstate, the trio's work without Paul has felt merely accomplished. The Grind Date is stock De La;...

    November 25, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Get Down With It: The Okeh Sessions

    Get Down With It: The Okeh Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    Recorded in Hollywood in 1966-67, this last-ditch attempt at an album career for the rock giant resulted in these fiery tracks, funked up by Johnny "Guitar" Watson's fretwork. One highlight: Richard's hair-raising vocals on the Motown staple...

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Tramps NYC 1996

    Live At Tramps NYC 1996 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Posdnuos and Trugoy flex lyrically, but the sound is wanting on this live disc standing on the verge of delivering their shaky career-crisis album, Stakes Is High, De La Soul were nonetheless in prime form on this...

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Cyclorama

    Cyclorama | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1990, STYX's bombastic single "Show Me the Way" became a popular Gulf War anthem. Now, as the band enters its fourth decade, the blitzkrieg pop of "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye" — "First you lose your looks/Then...

    February 25, 2003 12:00 AM ET
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