Aric Laurence Allen

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I was born in Dallas, Texas and have since lived in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Connecticut, and now New York. I have traveled to all but five of the states in the country, which has allowed me to see and…
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I was born in Dallas, Texas and have since lived in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Connecticut, and now New York. I have traveled to all but five of the states in the country, which has allowed me to see and learn a lot. I moved to New York in September of 1997 to attend New York University.

As far as personal facts, I am very much interested in music. I have written about it, dealt with it, and listened to it since before I can remember. Other interests include sports, cooking, and kung fu.

Currently, I am a junior at New York University working for MTVOnline. I work in the local section of the site editing and composing articles. I mainly deal with the urban aspect of concert and album reviews for the site. This deals heavily with the local and lesser-known artists in over 50 markets around the country. I also have a great deal of contact with big name artists. I have been doing this since January of this year. Before that I interned in the editorial department of Billboard magazine doing a plethora of tasks. The previous year, while attending college early, I worked as the assistant editor to a local newspaper. I am studying English at NYU and have two more years until graduation. After that I intend to pursue a career in music publicity at a record label. If not that, I am sure that I will seek a position in the music or entertainment industry.

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3. Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night

4. EPMD Back In Business

5. Radiohead OK Computer

5. Jamie Myerson The Listen Project

6. Big Punisher Capital Punishment

7. Ghostface Killer Ironman

8. Sweetback Sweetback

9. DJ Shadow Entroducing...

10. BT ESCM

11. Portishead Portishead

12. Wu Tang Wu Tang Forever

13. Blur (The album right before Blur)

14. Morrissey Maladjusted

15. Armand Van Helden Enter the Meatmarket

16. Erykah Badu Baduizm

17. Maxwell Urban Hang Suite or Unplugged

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