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    October 24, 2013

    DJ Kevvy Kev on DJing for the RZA, Playing Chess Onstage, and Decline of Commercial Radio

    DJ Kevin Montague, aka Kevvy Kev, has been spreading his hip-hop gospel since the moment he set foot down in California over three decades ago to attend Stanford University. As the host of KZSU's The Drum starting in 1984, he was the main voice behind the world's longest running hip-hop show until i ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Oakland's DJ Mere on the Local Rap Scene and Becoming a KMEL All-Star DJ

    As one of KMEL's all-star DJs and a member of the Oakland Faders crew, Oakland-born-and-raised DJ Mere's ascension to the top is a tale of hustling, street-teaming, and hard work. Starting his career as an intern at a promotions company at the age of 17, he found himself promoting locally for then-u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Before Hip-Hop Squares: Eight Links Between Rap Music and TV Game Shows

    A game show that people have ever cared about -- even a little bit -- can go down, but it will never truly be out. Know the Dick Clark version of Pyramid that started in the 1970s and continued throughout the decade? No? Well, you've probably encountered the Bill Cullen version (also from the '70s), ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Watch E-40 as Puppet Pimp in Funny or Die's "Bitches" Video

    Just a week after Bay Area emcee E-40 dropped three brand-new albums under the series name The Block Brochure, he now pops up as a pimping puppet named Vladimir Checkabitch in a Funny or Die video called "Bitches." The video depicts the "biggest rap group in the world," the Dummiez, a felted posse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Instrumental Hip-Hop Sucks. Ban It Forever.

    RJD2​ Instrumental hip-hop should be banned. It's the banal, meandering stepchild of hip-hop. It's a front-runner for the dubious honor of being the world's most snooze-inducing form of music. And, shockingly, there are still producers and fans who insist on validating it like it's anything bu ... More >>

  • Music

    November 23, 2011
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    October 7, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco: Hip-Hop's Greatest Whiner

    It's time for the hallowed halls of hip-hop history to start giving Lupe Fiasco his due respect. Not, you understand, as a purveyor of conscientious rap music bursting with positive-leaning messages; nor for the Chicago-based rapper's ground-breaking work as a foremost collector of limited edition J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    J Dilla's 10 Greatest Remixes

    J Dilla​ Deceased hip-hop producer J Dilla, née Jay Dee, first asserted himself on the rap radar with his group Slum Village. Lauded by luminaries Q-Tip and ?uestlove, the Detroit-based trio of Dilla, T3, and Baatin (also sadly deceased) are held in cult esteem today, and tonight, remaining g ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Before Kreayshawn: 10 Underrated and/or Forgotten Female MCs

    Kreashawn: Oakland's latest female rap sensation.​Last week, around the fifth time someone sent me a link to Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci," I started having a feeling toward the diminutive rapper that was not entirely positive. This discomfort grew a few days later, when she reportedly signed a $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    The Top Ten Hip-Hop Drinking Anthems

    ​Hip-hop's reliance on marijuana as a creative conduit and lifestyle accessory is well documented. But beyond the genre's top tokers, there's also a bubbling batch of rappers who've rhymed about not so much getting a little tipsy as daily dalliances with the dark world of being black-out drunk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    DJ Prince Aries Talks Bay Area Rap, Loving Too $hort, and Why Busta Rhymes Is a Jerk

    Prince Aries​Prince Aries has been a presence in the Bay Area's hip-hop scene for more than a decade now, holding down VJ duties on the Distortion 2 Static show, throwing local rap parties, and now releasing a mixtape that combines exclusive tracks from the Bay's bright new stars like DaVinci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Happy Birthday Deejay Jay Dee: Listen to a Full-Length Jazz Cover of 'Donuts'

    ​Today would have been the 37th birthday of James Yancey, the Detroit producer better known as (a) Jay Dee, (b) J Dilla, and (c) the stylistic architect for an entire generation of hip-hop heads, member of Slum Village, occasional rhymer, maker of tracks for A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Friday Night: L.A. Fave Low End Theory Comes to S.F., Gives the City Exactly What it Needs

    ​Low End Theory S.F., with Daedelus, Baths, Gaslamp Killer and moreJanuary 21, 2011@ 103 Harriet Better than: Suffering through a pack of smelly trustafarians to hear some heavy bass. Let me waste no time getting to the point: Low End Theory SF is everything I've wanted a hip-hop/dubst ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011
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    July 29, 2010

    A Night of J Dilla Featuring ISM and the Fan-Tas-Tics at Madrone Art Bar

    Hiroshi Okun​A Night of J Dillafeaturing ISM and The Fan-tas-tics @ Madrone Art Bar July 28, 2010 Better than: A night of Steve Milla.James Yancey, a.k.a. Jay Dee, a.k.a. J Dilla, is somewhere between 2Pac and Pimp C in the running for the title of hip-hop's hardest-working dead guy. His death of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Good Rappers Who've Made Terrible Actors

    The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common. It's 100 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Video of the Day: Preview the New J. Dilla Doc

    J. Dilla was unquestionably one of the most respected, if not constantly referenced, hip-hop producers of the past decade. Born James Yancey in his hometown of Detroit, Dilla was a prolific, inspired artist dedicated to the craft of classic, sample-based hip-hop, which he made for the likes of De ... More >>

  • Music

    October 14, 2009
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    June 8, 2009

    Rock the Bells Announces Bay Area Dates

    Rock the Bells 2007, San Francisco America's premier (and possibly only major) hip-hop touring festival, Rock the Bells, has announced the date and venue for the 2009 edition: August 9, at the Shoreline Auditorium in Mountain View. While ASD much prefers the parking lot of the stadium where the Gia ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2009

    Asher Roth

    Asleep in the Bread Aisle (SchoolBoy/SRC/Universal Motown)

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Obama and Hip-hop: Better than "Beef"?

    EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedOur shoulder-brushin', fist-bumpin' POTUS in Oakland, 2007 For a long time, hip hop debates have tended toward the tawdry and tabloidesque--i.e., Is Kanye Gay?; Is Alicia Keys creepin' with Swizz Beats?; Joe Budden vs. Saigon, T.I. vs. Mysonne, Cha ... More >>

  • Music

    June 4, 2008

    Black Stars:

    Ghana's Hiplife Generation (Out Here)

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas Headline Annual Rock the Bells Festival

    Rock the Bells is consistently the annual geek-out for hip-hop purists who can't let go of loving classic acts from the golden era of the early to mid 90s. The festival isn't letting up this year with the announcement of reuniting legendary L.A. group, The Pharcyde. The mere thought of hearing all f ... More >>

  • News

    March 5, 2008
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    December 5, 2007

    Texas spitter Scarface Tells SF Weekly His Top '07 Albums

    Face Time Teeing off with H-town rap royalty Scarface By Chris Gray Remember everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004’s Starsky and Hutch and those Chrysler commercials with Lee Iacocca was so funny? Well, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, on-again, off-again Geto Boy and Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Last Night: Sage Francis

    Better than: going to chuuuuch. Hip Hop’s gone a long way. If you were at a Black Moon concert in the 90’s, you’d be a fool to think that this music would give sway to small-town nerdy white kids with new ideas. You were barely getting used to the west coast, and Busta Rhymes was the most ava ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2006
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    February 8, 2006

    Cardinal Sin

    DJ Kevvy Kev hosts the longest-running hip hop radio show in the world on Stanford's KZSU -- sans recognition

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    October 19, 2005

    Award Show Performers

    SF Weekly Music Awards

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    July 27, 2005


    Mu brings the techno stompdown to Rx; Mighty hosts a hip hop jammy-jam block party

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    March 30, 2005


    See You Next Tuesday

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    February 11, 2004

    David Banner

    MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water

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    June 25, 2003

    Summer Events a Go Go!

    What to do, all summer long

  • Film

    January 8, 2003

    Straining Day

    Narc desperately struggles to prove its grit

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    June 19, 2002
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    May 15, 2002

    Persistent Visions

    This season's cinema demands attention

  • Music

    April 3, 2002

    Fila Brazillia

    Jump Leads (23 Records)

  • Music

    May 2, 2001

    Wagon Christ

    Musipal (Ninja Tune)

  • Film

    June 14, 2000

    Mutha's Day

    Samuel L. Jackson is Shaft

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    June 7, 2000

    Slum Village

    Fantastic, Vol. 2

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    May 27, 1998
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    January 28, 1998
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    December 24, 1997
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    November 12, 1997
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    October 15, 1997
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    October 1, 1997
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    March 26, 1997
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