In advance of his Underground Celebrity EP, which will be available on iTunes and Amazon on April 16, rapper, dancer, and San Francisco State student Priceless Da Roc dropped an EA-Ski-produced single called "Hella Saucy" that features an accompanying dance video.
Priceless and Richmond DJ J12 are ... More >>
2012 was a fertile year for Bay Area rap, a time when the intellectual, the brazen, the sexed-up, and the chilled-out all took center stage at one point or another. There were songs that inspired dances, songs of Bay Area pride and protest, and more of that straight mack flow that still bumps around ... More >>
If you're a rising local artist, it's not easy to get a song played on KMEL, but it's not impossible -- and your odds are actually better than you might think if you pay attention to the opportunities the station currently offers to the local community.
Having talent is essential, but it's not en ... More >>
J12, a 19-year-old DJ from Oakland, has started a viral video craze with a dance he invented and posted online earlier this year called, immodestly enough, the J12. Welded to the bassline of "Slow Down" by The Team (the Oakland trio of Clyde Carson, Kaz Kyzah, and Mayne Mannish), the dance mainly co ... More >>
Panama-born, Oakland-raised Raka Rich is best known as one-half of the rap group Los Rakas (with cousin Raka Dun), but he's also a solo artist who is planning to drop a new EP sometime in 2012. Today we have a taste of that release with a new single called "Check Yo B*tch." With its gentle, R&B- rem ... More >>
2010 has been a pretty good year for Bay Area hip-hop, if only because it saw the next generation of local rappers come into its own, eager (and maybe even ready) to put the
Bay back on the national radar once again. Even after the death of hyphy,
rappers here just continue to get weirder and weirde ... More >>
When last we saw Oakland singer Goapele--back in 2005--she was a socially-conscious neo-soul hippie, surrounded by fairytale-esque flowers and rainbows on the cover of her second album Change It All. Her music ranged from Lynda Perry-penned romantic ballads ("Dark Side of the Moon") to ... More >>
EKAphotographyOne Pho tha Show: Lyrics Born
If Lyrics Born ever gets tired of rapping, he could easily be a comedian. The opening skit from his new mixtape, The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Pho, in which LB goes to a Vietnamese restaurant and tries to order some soup ("Pho"--get it?), is LMFAO f ... More >>