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  • Music

    November 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Gift of Gab: Struggling Through Diabetes, But Showing No Sign of Slowing Down

    When Gift of Gab recorded his latest solo album The Next Logical Progression, which drops today, he had no idea that his health was on the decline. The rapper born Timothy Parker's Type 1 diabetes has caused issues in the past -- including the need for eye surgery in 2003 -- but for the most part he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

    Lateef the Truthspeaker performs at Mighty tonight.​ With a line-up that includes cut-and-paste maestro DJ Shadow, innovative rap duo Blackalicious, and the spirited funk styles of Latryx, the Quannum collective is a Bay Area institution. Since its inception in the early '90s, the creative cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Last night: Curumin at Slim's

    Curumin at Slim'sJanuary 22, 2009 Photos by EKAphotography Better Than: Watching Brazilian Football on Telemundo It was a triumphant night for Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, better known as Curumin. Flanked on stage by a handful of the Bay Area's musical and cultural tastemakers, the Brazilian ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2009
  • Calendar

    December 19, 2007
  • Music

    October 17, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2007
  • Music

    December 27, 2006
  • Music

    September 13, 2006

    Lips Like Sugar

    Honeycut sweetens soul-pop

  • News

    September 13, 2006

    Out of the Shadow

    The DJ who works out of S.F. has crafted both exquisite beats and a carefully cultivated mystique. Find out from him why the lush trip hop is being replaced by a local hyphy sound.

  • Music

    October 5, 2005


    Hometown heroes Blackalicious achieve mediocrity with The Craft

  • Listen Up

    March 16, 2005

    Quannum Mechanics

    The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story

  • Music

    October 20, 2004

    A Hero Comes Along

    The lowest-profile member of the lauded Quannum crew, MC Lateef, finds the spotlight on Ambush

  • Music Awards

    October 20, 2004

    Award Show Performers

    Thursday, October 21, 2004 at Ruby Skye

  • Music

    September 8, 2004

    Fela Kuti

    The Underground Spiritual Game

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2004

    Pranks for the Memories

    Harmon Leon's media adventures

  • Music

    April 28, 2004

    Hear This

    San Francisco's venerable Qunnaum Projects rounds up its entire roster for a landmark hip hop show

  • Music

    April 24, 2002


    Blazing Arrow (MCA)

  • Music

    July 5, 2000

    Riff Raff

    Goodbye to All That; Punk, Love, and Understanding; He Shall Be Released

  • Music

    June 28, 2000

    Personality Crisis

    As commercial hip hop radio becomes tired, turf wars flicker out, and the underground diversifies, does the Bay Area have its own identity anymore?

  • Music

    February 16, 2000

    Spirited Rhymes

    It took four years for Blackalicious to make its second album. It's been worth the wait.

  • Music

    July 21, 1999

    Quannum Leap

    Growing out of Oakland's Solesides label, the rappers and producers of Quannum Projects look to expand even further

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