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2007 Stories by Eric K. Arnold

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  • OG icon B-Legit reflects on pre-hyphy rap

    published December 19, 2007

    Few artists can say they've recorded with Mac Dre and Daryl Hall. In fact, B-Legit might be the only person who can make that claim. "Daryl... More >>

  • Too $hort

    published December 19, 2007

    Get Off the Stage marks Too $hort's seventeenth album — not counting compilations and reissues — but it's also the end of an... More >>

  • Renaissance Man

    published December 5, 2007

    Rapper, producer, actor, composer, martial-arts enthusiast, chess aficionado, author, businessman — RZA wears many hats, all of which... More >>

  • My Tunes: Lyrics Born

    published December 5, 2007

    For Tom Shimura, aka Lyrics Born, his top personal musical highlight of 2007 was finishing his second solo album, Everywhere at Once... More >>

  • Mobbin' Thru the Industry

    published October 17, 2007

    Ask major-label record execs about the music biz and they’ll start muttering about the myriad problems affecting the industry, from illega... More >>

  • MF Doom: Echoes of Lauryn Hill

    published October 3, 2007

    Will the real MF Doom please show up? That was the prevailing sentiment about the indie rap star after his scheduled Sept. 18 appearance at the... More >>

  • The Energys: hot-wired Japanese punk explodes in S.F.

    published September 26, 2007

    Morrissey has turned from a gangly egghead into a debonair crooner without losing his self-deprecating wit: At his birthday show in May,... More >>

  • Music Is (Still) the Weapon

    published July 18, 2007

    It's not easy being the son of a musical icon. Ask Jakob Dylan, Damian Marley, Shooter Jennings — or Femi Kuti. The heir to his late father... More >>

  • From the Far East to the far out: Neung Phak keeps the global dance

    published July 11, 2007

    When one envisions dub music hotbeds, Culver City, Calif. doesn't instantly spring to mind. Yet the Los Angeles suburb evidently has its share of... More >>

  • The Bus Stops Here

    published May 30, 2007

    On a recent weekday afternoon, Yay Area rap sensation Mistah F.A.B. is chilling at his second home, East Oakland community center Youth UpRising.... More >>

  • Brother Ali

    published May 23, 2007

    Minnesota's Rhymesayers crew long ago transcended regional status. Its flagship act, Atmosphere, led by rapper Slug, eschewed mainstream trends... More >>

  • Dub and doobies invade the Wild West

    published April 11, 2007

    It's easy to hear why high-profile singles and remixes by Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden are exploding in clubs internationally. The S.F. duo... More >>

  • The Fifth Element

    published March 14, 2007

    Critics and artists alike, from Greg Tate to Nas, have bemoaned the "death" of hip hop as a casualty of mainstream commercialism and willful... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published February 21, 2007

    As mainstream hip hop becomes increasingly predictable, the underground continues pushing the genre in creative directions. Intended as a teaser... More >>

  • Producer, Remixer, MC

    published February 7, 2007

    "Everyone's looking for that new, new provocative music. A lot of people are still looking at hip hop. You can't look in the same places." So says... More >>

  • Dubbing Is a Must

    published January 24, 2007

    San Francisco has always been a global city as far as musical experimentation goes. It's also been home to a thriving underground of subgenres... More >>

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