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2005 Stories by Dan Leroy

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  • Hip-hop, Year Two AJ

    published December 8, 2005

    If hip-hop had a theme song in 2005, it wasn't "Gold Digger" or "Lose Control" or "Candy Shop," or any tune that contained Mike Jones's phone... More >>

  • Let It Blow

    published December 1, 2005

    Friday, December 2. Pong and DJ Jester are also on the bill. More >>

  • No Grae Area

    published November 10, 2005

    Jean Grae appears , with at More >>

  • Kanyemania

    published September 1, 2005

    Sophomore albums are made to be trashed, especially when they follow hugely successful debuts. And there may be no artist in pop music history who... More >>

  • The Chocolate Bayou Festival, Featuring Angie Stone

    published September 1, 2005

    This two-day fest serves up one of the best buffets of music styles in the city. Among the locals, you've got your top-shelf zydeco in Step... More >>

  • Buckshot & 9th Wonder

    published August 11, 2005

    Brooklyn rhymer Kenyatta "Buckshot" Blake is one of many shoulda-been-huge MCs who suffered when hip-hop became a blinger's game. However, despite... More >>

  • Ying Yang Twins

    published July 14, 2005

    Now that even your grandmother gets Dave Chappelle's goof on Lil Jon, crunk faces the challenge of all overexposed genres: How to stay relevant?... More >>

  • Luciano, with Dean Fraser, Irie Time, Bigga Boss and Manjaro

    published June 23, 2005

    The artist formerly known as Jepther McClymont has always camped out at the intersection of Jamaica's two major musical subgenres: the conscious... More >>

  • Cowboy Troy

    published June 16, 2005

    The most impressive thing about Cowboy Troy's major-label debut is what it took to make a black country-rapper feasible. Hip-hop, the great... More >>

  • The Roots, with Floetry

    published June 2, 2005

    What does a band that Rolling Stone readers once voted one of the 20 best concert attractions in the world do on its summer vacation? It... More >>

  • Mariah Carey

    published April 28, 2005

    Full (and damning) disclosure: This correspondent and Mariah's publicist were the only two people to publicly claim the universally reviled... More >>

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