dead prezGenerally, when ASD receives a press release boasting about a show with "arguably the strongest lineup of socially-aware, hardcore hip-hop talent in recent memory," we just shrug it off as pure hyperbole (and yes, to paraphrase Harry Allen, we normally don't believe the hyperbole). But holy ... More >>
EKAphotography Not to be outdone by the massive, monumental Outside Lands lineup, hip-hop's annual extravaganza Rock the Bells has announced its lineup as well: Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley,The Roots, Common, Big Boi, KRS-One, House of Pain featuring La Coka Nostra, Reflection Eternal (Talib Kw ... More >>
EKAphotographyDJ, DeeJay: Sake One and Willie Maize Has it been four years of DJ Sake One's "Pacific Standard Time" already? Apparently, time flies when you're spinning dope tunes--both classic and soon-to-be classic--and hosting legendary guest DJs, up-and-coming live acts, and otherwise putting t ... More >>
A few choice selections from Rock the Bells' lineup
Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1
Spank Rock scores one for the BíMore club scene
The misunderstood adventures of the Bishop of Hip Hop
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Hip hop's hope for uniting the underground and the streets
John Legend and De La Soul party on till the brink of dawn. Prog-psych rockers Datetenryu bring the noise from Japan
True & Livin'
The Last Great Hip Hop Album
Mr. Lexicon reminds us that rap can be smart and funny; the crew that produces News Breakz brings the jams; the Last Poets deliver classic agitprop -- and a writing workshop
The lowest-profile member of the lauded Quannum crew, MC Lateef, finds the spotlight on Ambush
Take 'Em to the Cleaners
The "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" may be long behind us, but De La Soul's hip hop still smells like roses
Nookie's drum 'n' bass, the rap of KRS-One, and Portia Surreal, the topless DJ from New York
The godfather of hip hop graces S.F. with his presence, as do some Filthy Thieving Bastards
The legendary Jungle Brothers have returned. Why doesn't the hip hop world give a damn?
Rap duo Zion I can't stop being innovative, no matter what the costs
Power in Numbers (Interscope)
A New Way of Thinking (Threshold)
Mos Def adds positive new dimensions to hip hop
An exotic adventure into the mysterious world of sound!
Experimental rapper Doseone is too weird for the hip hop faithful -- but indie rockers love him
The word is not dead
Berkeley's Zion I is out to prove that hip hop and drum 'n' bass aren't strange bedfellows
Q: What do Tori Amos, Nick Cave, and Lyricist Lounge have in common? A: Nothing.