East Coast-rasied hip-hop DJ-producer ChaunceyCC began his career in a very straightforward way: "I became a DJ pretty much out of the sheer fact that I can't rap, and everyone else I grew up around could." The observation paid off, as the selecter born Chauncey Johnson has since toured with indie r ... More >>
Prince AriesPrince 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 >>
Papercuts' Jason QueverFrom SF Weekly's latest print music section:S.F.'s Papercuts Make a Stunning, Dreamy Sub Pop Debut: On Papercuts' Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, Quever's vision of atmospheric, world-weary indie-pop is expanded to a stunning degree. Not only is it by far the best thing Paper ... More >>
Young LIf you haven't been paying attention this year, The Pack's Young L has emerged a production tour-de-force, giving birth to some of the most original sounds this year. On his latest track, "Conscious Minds," the Berkeley native steps away from his usual, out-of-this world sounds and plays a ... More >>
If you're like everyone in the world, you've been into Cee-Lo's irrepressibly catchy reprisal anthem, "Fuck You." Maybe you've even checked it out in Spanish!Well. Think that's subversive? Try "Fuck Me." Meet Camu Tao: Ohio player, Def Jux staple, and member of some of underground rap's most venerab ... More >>
What's new in the Bat Area -- excuse me, the Bay Area -- right now? Enclosed find some new sounds for the weekend courtesy of Frisco beatsmith Edison, who peddles grimy skip-hop jams made from a monome done up like a lunchbox. Here he/it is in action: Not that Edison needs any particular reason t ... More >>
Seu Jorge and Almaz in São PauloWhat happens when a bunch of skilled musicians get together in a room and just start playing -- with no regard for whether what comes out will be marketable? Check out the gorgeous new collaboration between Seu Jorge and Almaz for an example. For our print edition ... More >>
We told you a few weeks prior to the premiere of Jeremy Fish's Ghosts of the Barbary Coast that mega-awesome emcee Aesop Rock recorded a new track that was featured exclusively at the exhibit. The single for "Tomorrow Morning" was sold alongside a Fish woodblock print, and is currently fetching upwa ... More >>
Eleventh Hour (Def Jux)
Week of Wednesday, July 19, 2006
RJD2's instinctive production style
Hip hop hoedown Scribble Jam bumps through town in search of MCs; ferocious rapper C-Rayz Walz supports his Year of the Beast
The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
Aesop Rock makes the unintelligible, well, entertaining; the legendary Shapeshifters shuffle up from L.A.
DJ Krush lays down the moody beats; "Remember" takes you all the way back to the '70s, for better or worse.
Once hailed as the savior of instrumental hip hop, RJD2 is back with his sophomore release
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition
The rhymes are strange and the beats are bleak, but Aesop Rock insists that his latest is anything but experimental
The End of the Beginning ()
Fantastic Damage (Def Jux)