By JAMES ROBINSON Rufus Wainwright is quick to acknowledge that he's asked for a certain type of patience from his fans in recent years. There was Prima Donna, the opera he wrote, the stark All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, which featured adaptations of three of Shakespeare's sonnets. He's also ... More >>
While many students work their way through college serving coffee or giving lap dances, Julio Galvez, aka The Whooligan, spent his years rubbing shoulders with Ghostface Killah and hosting hip-hop appearances at S.F's Amoeba Records. Already a budding DJ and producer, he found his push to fame when ... More >>
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 >>
A game show that people have ever cared about -- even a little bit -- can go down, but it will never truly be out. Know the Dick Clark version of Pyramid that started in the 1970s and continued throughout the decade? No? Well, you've probably encountered the Bill Cullen version (also from the '70s), ... More >>
The rap game -- well, any game -- could use more people with the ambition of the RZA and the ability to make good on it. The man born Robert Diggs is more than an MC, a producer, and an actor. His resume also includes "DICTATOR" in big, bold letters: When the Wu-Tang Clan was just a bunch of young b ... More >>
Toby Keith at Shoreline last month. It's a scene that's played out innumerable times since 2002 -- and with the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 here, it will now be executed with even more patriotic fervor and bicep-flexing machismo. Behold, a Stetson-wearing, sleeveless Toby Keith, his American ... More >>
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play. Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
Hip-hop's reliance on marijuana as a creative conduit and lifestyle accessory is well documented. But beyond the genre's top tokers, there's also a bubbling batch of rappers who've rhymed about not so much getting a little tipsy as daily dalliances with the dark world of being black-out drunk ... More >>
The Recording AcademyRemember when Steve Stoute took out that full-page ad in the New York Times after the Grammys a couple of weeks ago? Well the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was listening, as it's issued a public statement, co-signed by Stoute, promising to change its bo ... More >>
Today would have been the 37th birthday of James Yancey, the Detroit producer better known as (a) Jay Dee, (b) J Dilla, and (c) the stylistic architect for an entire generation of hip-hop heads, member of Slum Village, occasional rhymer, maker of tracks for A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes, ... More >>
Lotsa people, lotsa attitude.You've got to love New Yorkers for their blatant honesty. Speaking to Jared Tankel, baritone saxophone player in 10-piece Staten Island global-funk group The Budos Band, he makes it clear to aspiring rappers that his instrumental band is not interested in collaboratin ... More >>
GhostfaceFrom SF Weekly's print music section:Ghostface Killah: This might be a common belief, but Ghostface is an uncommon man. For starters, he's intensely observant. In the rap game, his strength of recall is Proustian. His skill in breaking a verse's picture into jagged crystals is Joycean. M ... More >>
Nothing to fuck with.YES: the Wu-Tang Clan (R.I.P. O.D.B.) is bringing its Shaolin magic on the road next month, and San Francisco lies in the path of destruction. (This less than a month after Ghostface Killah's show at Slim's next week.) So boom-bap to that! Come this way for details.
Since many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. Here's an alternative to the critical consensus on rap. Yesterday, we ... More >>
Illmatic isn't Nas' only good album, despite what you may have heardSince many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. T ... More >>
The UK-based producer Matt Cutler (a.k.a. Lone) doesn't disappoint. His two full-length albums--works easily reminiscent of Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus--his 12" single for Werk Discs, and even his unreleased material offer herky-jerky beats, lilting melodies, and a warm production aesthetic ... More >>
The Hip Hop Live! Tour always brings us the best emcees alongside a super-funky live band. Following up last year's show featuring Ghostface Killah and Rakim, this year's tour brings us the likes of Talib Kweli, David Banner, and Little Brother at the Grand Ballroom Oct. 2. Tickets are available now ... More >>
Did the Bay Area kill Hip-Hop? Doesn’t matter: Nas is coming to set things straight. As part of Def Jam’s “Rock the Bells 2008,” a 10-city North American tour, the controversial Queens lyricist travels from coast to coast with a repertoire of his latest songs from his follow up to “Hip-Hop ... More >>
Another day, another mashup-- or rather, remix. Philly's vinyl doctors Pink Skull perform a little techo/hip-hop surgery on "Crambodia," which re-animates the voices of Plastic Little, Ghostface Killah, Amanda Blank, and Spank Rock with a heavy dose of tripped up techno and and the memorable line, ... More >>
Rock the Bells is consistently the annual geek-out for hip-hop purists who can't let go of loving classic acts from the golden era of the early to mid 90s. The festival isn't letting up this year with the announcement of reuniting legendary L.A. group, The Pharcyde. The mere thought of hearing all f ... More >>
Your favorite albino Muslim rapper from the Midwest brings the undisputed truth to Slim's on March 12. Enjoy an evening of soulful beats and introspective verses. And an appearance from Project Blowed's Abstract Rude to boot. Click "More" for, well, more. -- ASD Staff Report
8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal)
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal) By Ben Westhoff The long awaited fifth Wu-Tang Clan album, 8 Diagrams, just leaked, and it’s fucking solid. After just a few listens, it’s already in my 2007 top ten, and it will surely battle Graduation for supremacy on hip hop critics’ year-end l ... More >>
(please, click on the photo for a slideshow) Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at the Mezzanine Better than: Harold Melvin without the Blue Notes Download: Mighty Healthy Ay yo, son. Let me tell you what went down last night at the Ghostface Killah and Rakim show, god. These dudes were like, playing with this ... More >>
More Fish (Def Jam)
"Real People" is a breath of fresh air at the Oxygen Bar; Ghostface Killah proves he's Wu Tang's No. One.
From Mahler to Morrissey, the Bay Area has it all this summer.
Back with a new album, Wu Tang Clan's Method Man stops in San Francisco before taking over Hollywood.
Legend of the Liquid Sword