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    December 6, 2012

    T.I. Previews His New Album Trouble Man in San Francisco

    When T.I. took a seat on a couch at S.F.'s Studio Trilogy last night to show guests the short film that accompanies his forthcoming album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (due Dec. 18), he had no idea that he was sitting underneath a photograph of Marvin Gaye, whose own album of the same name was part ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    DJ E-Rock on Life as a Traveling Top 40 DJ and His Bay Area Influences

    Citing influences from some of the Bay Area's best known DJs, like Q Bert, Mix Master Mike, and Apollo, local DJ E-Rock's career began at the age of 12, when he learned to mix Poor Righteous Teachers "Shakiyla and Sway" into King Tech's Bum "Rush The Sound" at a friend's house. While his peers were ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Dave Audé on His Billboard Hits and What it Takes to Remix Madonna

    In his 15-year career, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Dave Audé has made 80 No. 1 Billboard dance hits, including remixes of pop stars such as Madonna and Rihanna, as well as bands like Korn. Nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for his remix of Dean Coleman's "I Want You," Audé's extensive resume al ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Does Rock Music Make People Racist? These Researchers Think So

    Today in the department of WTF, we have this: A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota claims that listening to even just a few minutes of rock music like Bruce Springsteen or the White Stripes causes white people to favor their own race to the detriment of others. Meanwhile, lis ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    The 13 Worst Songs to Listen to While High

    In the world of random audio hallucination, there's the shit and then there's, well, shit. While I own some terrible stoner tunes, mere good taste, as everyone knows, goes for little in a world of thin walls, car audio, American Idol, and an ongoing '90s revival. Drunk or sober, bent or straight, l ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Is There Actually Any Michael Jackson in This New M.J. Song, 'Hold My Hand'?

    She's crying because this is a terrible song.​Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael comes out next week -- stocking bait, anyone? -- which means its time to prepare ourselves for a deluge of "Michael Jackson songs" that aren't really Michael Jackson songs.Oh, now, we tried to be optimistic, b ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

    Is this what it takes?​On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Matisyahu Talks Keeping Kosher, Observing Shabbat on Tour

    Beau Grealy​Shabbat is a Jewish tradition when friends and family come together every Friday night and Saturday to relax and reflect as the workweek recedes. Some Jews are more observant than others: where there's one Jew eating a double bacon cheeseburger (totally unkosher), there's another who ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Video of the Day: Amp Live vs. the Robot vs. Trackademics

    There's so much going for this video clip--one of the singles off Amp Live's upcoming solo record. "Gary is a Robot" infects you like Swine Flu with that funky android club beat, the lip synching nurse bit is cute, and the whole concept of a robot who swipes hipster styles is really smart (especial ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ SF ex-pat Andy Caldwell

    ​Andy Caldwell is a skilled pianist and trumpeter, but his classical training takes a back seat to his rep in the clubs. The Om Records staple and Uno Recordings owner has spent the past decade and a half touring the world (hitting all the big dance meccas: Ibiza, Berlin, Australia) with his turnt ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Rick Lee Launches New Bay Area Music Magazine

    Sucka Free: Rick LeeIf you like hardcore Bay Area/West Coast rappers like Keak Da Sneak and The Jacka, or get titillated by industry gossip about Suge Knight allegedly getting a beatdown by a member of Akon's entourage, there's a new magazine just for you: Go Der (urban slang for "go there"). The m ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Top 10 Albums That We Hope Will Actually Come Out in 2009 (But Probably Won't)

    (Dr. Dre might need an intervention in order to release his long-awaited Detox album)With the music industry in a continued state of shambles, even the average consumer is starting to understand that it's a risky venture to release an album and that this holds true for newcomers as well as those who ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2009

    Rap and Bullshit

    Today’s R&B is pure garbage.

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    December 31, 2008


    Freedom (Konvict/Universal Motown)

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    December 16, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top 10 Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008


    The Ball Street Journal (Reprise/BME Recordings)

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    December 1, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: E-40

    (Photo from E-40's MySpace page)E-40 is no stranger to clever puns, and the title of the Vallejo heavy's latest release, The Ball Street Journal, shows the rapper isn't slowing down the slang any time soon. The album,  featuring 40's signature rubber tongue alongside guests like Snoop Dogg, Bu ... More >>

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    November 23, 2008

    Saturday: YouTube Live

    Last Night: YouTube LiveHerbst Pavilion, Fort MasonNovember 22, 2008Review by Tamara PalmerSee a full YouTube Live slideshow by Sam Heller here.Better than: Going to the dentist.Watch: The show (but don't say I didn't warn you).Remembering life without YouTube isn't easy; it has permeated our online ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    SF Weekly Interview: E-40

    By Tamara Palmer It's now been more than 20 years since Earl Stevens (aka E-40) put his first independent record out on the streets of the Bay Area and set out on a mission to put his hometown of Vallejo on the international rap map and his colorful phraseology into the mouths of society at large ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    Kanye West

    Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

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    December 20, 2006

    It Was a Year Of ...

    Well, lots of things, actually

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