January 14, 2010 The underground mixtape has long been a staple in hip-hop, with blended DJ selections being all the rage throughout the '90s. But this decade saw the format mutate: Rappers began to take matters into their own hands, linking directly with DJs to create artist-specific tapes of original material. Andrew Noz, of the blog Cocaine Blunts, looks back on a decade of important hip-hop mixes.
February 11, 2007 Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and the Dixie Chicks are just a few of the big names in contention at the 49th annual Grammy Awards. But this year's list of nominees also offers plenty of gems beyond the obvious blockbusters.
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