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Touré

Contributor and Reporter

Writer, music journalist, cultural critic, podcaster, and television personality. He was a co-host of the TV show The Cycle on MSNBC. He was also a contributor to MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, and the host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On the Record. He's the author of several books, including The Portable Promised Land (2003), Soul City (2005), Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now (2011) and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (2013).
  • Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP' Album Review

    Welcome to the summer of Shady. Where a very blond, white-trash homeboy from Detroit named Marshall becomes the king of hip-hop. It’s like something out of science fiction. Eminem’s 1999 triple-platinum major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP, was a shot in hip-hop’s arm, the grand entrance of a hurricane dressed as a Detroit kid with […]

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  • D'Angelo Is Holding Your Hand

    His thick, muscular fingers are interlocked with yours. You can feel the baby oil that he rubs on his skin before each show. You can feel the pressure of his vise squeeze. You can feel his rings cutting into your skin. It hurts. It hurts good, though

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  • DMX Reigns as the Dark Prince of Hip-Hop

    His tales of hell on earth come from his own harrowing past

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  • Lauryn Hill: Lady Soul

    She has been miseducated at the finest schools, has been nominated for 10 Grammys and has put the spirit of Bob Marley into Nineties hip-hop

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  • DMX Barks His Way Up the Charts to Number One

    With the success of his debut album, 'It's Dark and Hell Is Hot,' everybody in New York knows the rapper

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  • The Beastie Boys' 'Hello Nasty' Album Review

    The Beasties, as innovative musicians and good citizens, contribute more to the hip-hop community than a lot of MCs

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  • Method Man Ignites Hip-Hop with Blunt Rhyme

    On 'Tical,' Meth emerges to become one of hip-hop's most celebrated MCs

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  • Common's 'Resurrection' Album Review

    his sophomore effort has won the attention of serious hip-hop fans — some of whom have even called it a classic

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  • Nas' 'Illmatic' Album Review

    If an MC's history were really more important than his skills, then anyone from the projects would be able to rhyme like Nas, and Nas would be no different from any bum riding down Broadway.

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  • 'Janet' Album Review

    Janet Jackson's album touches R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, rock, house, jazz and opera with the singer's pop sensibility

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