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 >>
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based ... More >>
V-Nasty entered 2012 with the stench of BAYTL all over her. A collaboration with her favorite rapper, Gucci Mane, the mixtape was received by critics as hip-hop's sloppiest shit-sandwich in a while. The Bay's V-Nasty and Atlanta's Gucci may have enjoyed a few larks in the studio while making the rec ... More >>
If anyone still thinks that Kreayshawn associate, Gucci Mane collaborator, and Oakland A's fan V-Nasty was just fronting about her rough-and-tumble background and years spent in and out of juvie and jail, this should shut them up: V-Nasty just canceled her S.F. show at Slim's next week, and indeed a ... More >>
Kreayshawn is 2011's most dramatic hip-hop blow-up story. After starting the year planning to transition from directing videos for local Bay Area rappers to releasing her own mixtapes, the 21-year-old Natassia Zolot scored big with the DJ Two Stacks-produced "Gucci Gucci." The song's success was ins ... More >>
Jim-E Stack plays Monarch on Friday We're not going to lie: Christmas exacts a heavy toll on San Francisco nightlife. The weekend of Dec. 23-25 is pretty much the only no man's land in the world of local partying. Even still, the city offers quite a few choices for those of you that find you ... More >>
Funny thing about Drake: I'm forced to care. This goes beyond my duties as a music writer; rap now is in a state where someone like Drake or Rick Ross becomes the sun and everyone surrounding becomes an orbiting satellite. I'm a huge fan of co-Money Youngins Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and I ... More >>
In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, No Doubt announced that it's about to release its first album in nearly 10 years (try not to fall over yourself with excitement). Bassist Tony Kanal explained: "We started writing in 2008. We spent that year trying to write, and we hit a block." The inte ... More >>
Rappers lead the world when it comes to ridiculous tattoos. But while it's easy to mock Lil Wayne getting the EPSN logo on his arm or Eve's decision to stamp cat paws on her breasts, sometimes rappers themselves have second thoughts about their ink art. So with Gucci Mane recently revealing a freshl ... More >>
If you like a little juxtaposition with your year-in-review jawns, we've got just the thing for you: The Brothers of Chico Dusty, an unbidden and inspired pileup of two very well-liked 2010 albums by The Black Keys and Big Boi, respectively. Why? Ah, but why not?
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 >>
Never let it be said that Noah Bennet Cunnigham is lazy. His hustle knows no bounds. He DJs, designs airport art installations, produces tracks, and manages our premiere glitch-hop outfit, Lazer Sword. As DJ Dials, he explores the depths of futuristic booty tunes and next-level bass music with ed ... More >>
Diplo fans, take note. The expert DJ/producer/remixer/tastemaker is giving away free Gucci. The rapper, that is--Gucci Mane. Diplo curated the Diplo presents...Free Gucci mix, with tracks remixed by himself alongside Flying Lotus, Zomby, and more. Grab it from Mad Decent's blog.
Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. Sur ... More >>
Sometimes your set takes so long you've gotta pee your pants. Or so says DJ Roost Uno, who'd rather whiz on his leg than step away from the turntables. Luckily in his six years of keeping the party going Sunday nights at Delirium (and various other weeklies and events around town), Uno has yet to ... More >>
Busted: Dem HoodstarzAs the Chronicle reported on Sunday, 42 members of a South Bay gang known as "the Taliban" have been arrested following a joint task force raid conducted in 14 Bay Area cities Friday night and Saturday morning. The suspected Taliban members--who have no religious affiliation, ... More >>