Best known for his roles in hip-hop groupDilated Peoples and the world-champion DJ crew Beat Junkies , DJ Babu has lately been busy crafting his newest album, Duck Season 4. Winning various DJ battles like Vestax World Championships early in his career, and releasing ground-breaking albums l ... More >>
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Wherein we review Yay Area mixtapes of the day
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
Blazing Arrow (MCA)
The Funky Precedent Vol 2 (Matador/No Mayo)
Your choices of the top local bands
As commercial hip hop radio becomes tired, turf wars flicker out, and the underground diversifies, does the Bay Area have its own identity anymore?
With an acclaimed single and album behind him, San Mateo rapper Rasco remains underground -- which is just fine with him
Tuvans! Everywhere!, (Insert Carnegie Hall Joke Here), and There Are No Current Plans to Change the Name to Club Y2K
After big labels beat on its door for years, Lootpack found a home on a small San Francisco imprint and an original approach to modern hip hop
For two years, Beni B and Oakland's ABB Records have taken on the hip-hop establishment one vinyl single at a time