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September 7, 1987 | By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
The Spectrum resounded Friday night to the schoolyard rhymes and hammering beats of the first of two marathon shows in a cavalcade of rap acts billed as Def Jam '87. Headliner L. L. Cool J proved conclusively that he is the most exciting performer on the rap scene. Not taking the stage until almost 11 p.m., he spun out his doggerel in fast, strong vocal rhythms, as he moved about with the air of a cocky young boxer who has never tasted of defeat. Girls in the audience screamed loudly at every suggestive move the 19-year- old star made, and they were screaming practically nonstop.
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December 11, 2011
Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch)   F-ed Up David Comes to Life (Matador)   Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds)   Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella)   The Roots undun (Def Jam)   Tune-Yards w h o k i l l (4AD)
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November 6, 1998 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
Jay-Z's third release, "Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life," has spawned a couple of hit singles: the annoying but engaging "Hard Knock Life," which features a sample from the chorus of "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway musical "Annie," and that cute - at least the version edited for radio play - call-and-response "Can I Get a . . . " with Amil & Ja Rule. (Warning: The album version is raunchier.) Those cuts represent the highlights, for taken as a complete project, "Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life" misses a few chapters.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
Peter Gabriel's previous music has been full of slinky rhythms and murmured vocals, but on his new album So (Geffen ), Gabriel includes a few compositions that are closer to home than his usual explorations of African rhythms. Most prominent among these is his beguiling new hit single, "Sledgehammer," which salutes Motown-style soul music and gives Gabriel the opportunity to sing out lustily. ORAN "JUICE" JONES Juice (Def Jam/Columbia ): The Def Jam label usually features rap-music performers, and Jones has written a few songs for rapper Kurtis Blow, but his debut album presents him as a smooth balladeer, albeit one with a mean streak: In "The Rain," Jones sees his girlfriend with another man and tells her he's going to "pull a Rambo" - i.e., inflict violence upon someone.
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April 17, 2005 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is your thirst still unquenched for the 1980s' lovesick, synthesizer-heavy, post-punk tunes like "Hold Me Now," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"? Yearn no more: That sweet nostalgia flick The Wedding Singer is Broadway-bound. The story of young Robbie Hart, who desperately pines in the 'burbs for the fiancee who rudely jilted him, will feature music by Matthew Sklar, book by Tim Herlihy and Chad Beguelin, and lyrics by Beguelin. Yet to be cast, it will premiere in Seattle in January before heading off to New York in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2010 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
In 2003, Leslie Pridgen - also known as Freeway - dropped one of hip-hop's cleverest records, Philadelphia Freeway. Freeway, an original member of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella family, a State Property member, and Beanie Sigel's best bud, crafted a debut for Def Jam that balanced all sides of his personality. With equal footing in both Islam and urban hustling, Freeway used his scratchy raps and high voice to tell hard-streets stories. He stuck with Def Jam through another album, Free at Last, dropped a few more recordings and mix tapes, had his hip-hop faith tested, and nearly left the game out of religious scruples.
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March 12, 1997 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
On Monday night, knowing that there were no new developments on the murder of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G. " Wallace, fans turned to Black Entertainment Television's "BET Talk" show to hear what people were saying about the latest rap tragedy. To explain and understand the killing, callers to the nightly talk show speculated about scenarios ranging from West Coast retaliation for the murder of Wallace's rap rival, Tupac Shakur, to shadowy conspiracy theories. Wallace was shot in Los Angeles by unknown assailants Sunday as he sat in a car outside a party celebrating the Soul Train Music Awards.
NEWS
July 18, 2002
POP ICON and oddball Michael Jackson, on the heels of his poor-selling dud "Invincible," claims the music industry is racist and fixed against people of color. Had this come from say, Def Jam head Russell Simmons or J Records executive Clive Davis, this comment would garner some serious consideration. But coming from accused pedophile Michael Jackson, this comment would be laughable if it weren't so sad. Sad because Michael is fading away into the history books of pop culture, becoming more of a footnote with each passing year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1995 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Until Method Man's sprint to the finish at Irvine Auditorium on Friday, it appeared the Penn Relays Concert would never get out of the starting blocks. Method's co-headliner, Wu-Tang Clan compadre Ol' Dirty Bastard, whose Return to the 36 Chambers is the hottest thing in hip-hop this side of Tupac Shakur, was a no-show. Likewise, potential surprise guest Common Sense was not in the house. So the less-than-capacity college-age and younger crowd had to be content with three little-known rappers and DJ Biz Markie.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2012 | Inquirer Staff
Music The Campus Consciousness Tour starring J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. Though one can't be completely certain as to how conscious of university status, matriculation, or curriculum vitae either rapper is, don't doubt the entertainment factor of having J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. together. The sturdy Def Jam rapper K.R.I.T., a highly regarded producer as well as a fierce-flowing MC, dropped both his major-label album Live From the Underground and his new mix tape, 4Eva N a Day, within the last year, and the mouth from Mississippi thrills throughout both Southern-fried recordings.
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April 6, 2013
Purling Hiss Philadelphia psych-rock band Purling Hiss adds pop hooks to the mix on its tightened-up new release, Water on Mars , their first on the Drag City label. Singer Mike Polizzi, who formerly fronted the noisier-still Birds of Maya, is a formidable guitarist with a variety of musical moves that come through in higher fidelity than on previous homemade releases. And as they showed when opening for brothers-in-rock the War on Drugs at Johnny Brenda's back in December, Purling Hiss is expert at pounding out purifying sludge catharsis.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2012 | Inquirer Staff
Music The Campus Consciousness Tour starring J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. Though one can't be completely certain as to how conscious of university status, matriculation, or curriculum vitae either rapper is, don't doubt the entertainment factor of having J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. together. The sturdy Def Jam rapper K.R.I.T., a highly regarded producer as well as a fierce-flowing MC, dropped both his major-label album Live From the Underground and his new mix tape, 4Eva N a Day, within the last year, and the mouth from Mississippi thrills throughout both Southern-fried recordings.
NEWS
December 11, 2011
Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch)   F-ed Up David Comes to Life (Matador)   Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds)   Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella)   The Roots undun (Def Jam)   Tune-Yards w h o k i l l (4AD)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2010
Pop Jazeera Nights: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria (Sublime Frequencies . 1/2) Casual "world music" fans beware: Charismatic Syrian vocalist Omar Souleyman doesn't trade in pleasantly vague foreign background music. He peddles authentic, semi-lo-fi Arab street-pop and arrestingly exotic/electronic dance-jams, suitable for weddings, parties, etc. Unknown to the West no more, his third domestic collection on outstanding international label Sublime Frequencies again features SF compiler Mark Gergis' helpful liner notes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2010 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
In 2003, Leslie Pridgen - also known as Freeway - dropped one of hip-hop's cleverest records, Philadelphia Freeway. Freeway, an original member of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella family, a State Property member, and Beanie Sigel's best bud, crafted a debut for Def Jam that balanced all sides of his personality. With equal footing in both Islam and urban hustling, Freeway used his scratchy raps and high voice to tell hard-streets stories. He stuck with Def Jam through another album, Free at Last, dropped a few more recordings and mix tapes, had his hip-hop faith tested, and nearly left the game out of religious scruples.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2009
POP With good reason, the ( Grateful ) Dead hold the record for the most shows (53) played by a musical attraction at the Spectrum - all sellouts. The fathers of the jam-band phenomenon return to the South Philly arena for two final forays into their kosmic world of boogie blues, noodling psychedelia, old-timey country, space jazz and more. A fund-raiser for Barack Obama at State College got the (formerly Grateful)Dead off their collective duffs last October. Now the group is touring in earnest, with the hardest working singer/guitarist in jam-land, Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2008 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD conradl@phillynews.com 215-854-2270 Daily News wire services contributed to this report
BRITNEY SPEARS' ex-boyfriend, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, claims to have a two-hour sex tape of him and Brit. He's willing to sell it, but don't think this means he doesn't have principles. "There is such a tape," Ghalib told Heat magazine. "But I won't discuss prices for hypothetical inquiries. Unless there is a locked-in deal, I will go no further. I am not interested in selling out any other details about Britney. " Once this video goes public, what other details about Britney remain to be sold out?
NEWS
November 14, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
For the final song before his encore, during his electric, 90-minute show at the Fillmore at the TLA on Monday, Jay-Z did "Big Pimpin'. " Or, rather, his audience did it for him. The 37-year-old rapper, mogul and boyfriend of Beyonc? is that rare MC who commands a room without raising his voice. In this instance he didn't even have to open his mouth. There were about a thousand souls packed into the South Street venue, making for a rare, intimate gathering for an arena-size act like the rhymer born Shawn Carter.
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November 21, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In Kingdom Come, the 1996 DC Comics series, an aging Superman, coaxed out of retirement by Wonder Woman, swoops down to once again save the world. On his CD Kingdom Come (Roc-A-Fella . ), which goes on sale today, Jay-Z ends a three-year retirement from full-time rapping - during which he has served as CEO of the hip-hop record label Def Jam - to attempt a similarly grandiose comeback. And to some degree, he succeeds. With his own wonder woman (girlfriend Beyonc? Knowles)
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