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  • A throwback to the '90s boom-bap, eXquire can be raunchy and goofy in equal measure.

    Holiday Hoedowns

  • The members of Diamond District have kept it more underground, with international tours on the strength of an album built around the classic sound of golden age East Coast boom-bap.

    Nightlife Agenda

  • The Cool Kids 'brand of boom-bap found homes in the iPods of Jim Jones and Kevin Garnett, while Kid Sister rode the momentum of the Kanye West-assisted "Pro Nails" in 2007 to an album that got pushed back to 2009.

    Brandon Perkins: Best of '08, Part 2

  • That is a great thing, because it is some seriously soulful, funky, boom-bap laden stuff.

    More heat (Music (For Robots))

  • As a producer he brings a little something extra to his beats that I truly appreciate - this track, and most of his others, has the bounce of a late-90s Jay Dee, nee J-dilla, production: boom-bap drums, layers of keys and synths, booming basslines.

    Hurry Up that Soul Music (Music (For Robots))

  • At its worst, though, underground rap entailed a stubborn digging in of heels: Listen to a celebrated period artifact like 1999 Rawkus anthology victory lap on his way to the pop stratosphere, but also verse after verse of stultifyingly "virtuosic" rhymes: unevocative abstractions packed tightly together and set to de rigueur whirls of scratching and samey boom-bap drums.

    Slate Magazine

  • Over a slurry of futuristic keyboards and neoclassical boom-bap beats, Lamar raps for his peer group, an online generation coping with crime, drugs and Internet-fueled ennui.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • The short album ostensibly belongs to deep-voiced Seattle rapper The Good Sin, who is casually commanding, while rapping about his feelings over traditional boom-bap "The Crown," "Wages & Pages".

    The Seattle Times

  • The music is gorgeous - a twinkling harp floating over an evocative boom-bap beat - but still offers enough sonic space for Wayne to flood the proceedings with ruminations on power, prestige and politics.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • Black Thought and his Wu-Tang brethren, this veteran New York rapper hews closely to the bloody-nostril boom-bap the Wu-Tang Clan pioneered a decade ago. rss feed


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