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 >>
And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-bin philosophies, grammatical atrocities, and cringe-inducing pillow talk. To elevate the drama, I p ... More >>
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Clipse reinforces the power of powder
Hell Hath No Fury (Jive)
In Scarface, slinging yayo is the name of the game.
Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti 's early years.
The Rock: Pressure Makes Diamonds
Coming on Strong
Beef, it's what's for dinner: Hip hop feuds we'd like to see
The 10 most head-scratching, insulting, crass, craven, and weird musical moments of the year
50 Cent wants to be an actor ... but he's not
Wherein we review Yay Area hip hop mixes of the day
A Son Unique
Daara J takes hip hop back
Mu brings the techno stompdown to Rx; Mighty hosts a hip hop jammy-jam block party
A survival guide for the summer's more vigorous music festivals
For MC Immortal Technique, planting the seeds of revolution ain't nothin' but a g-thang
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work
JT the Bigga Figga has turned years of street hustlin' experience into one of the most inspiring new local hip hop labels
The Hunger for More
Andre Nickatina raps about being one of the Fillmore's hardest MCs, so what's he doing driving a Toyota?
How a white punk from Ireland helped jump-start the Bay Area hip hop and turntablist scenes
As commercial hip hop radio becomes tired, turf wars flicker out, and the underground diversifies, does the Bay Area have its own identity anymore?
U-God comments on the state of the Wu nation after a tumultuous year for its members
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
Bay Area hip-hop artists and the art of the hustle
From Michael Eric Dyson to Darius James, black writers struggle to define hip-hop culture
The return of the legendary Last Poets