E-40 and Too $hort were both platinum-selling recording artists on Jive Records throughout the '90s and early '00s, but they were always discouraged by the label from collaborating together outside of $hort's appearance on 40's single "Rapper's Ball" in 1996.
Now, 16 years later, the two Bay Area r ... More >>
Legendary Oakland mack Too $hort has found himself in a very unlikely place: on the cast for the second season of VH1 reality show Couples Therapy 2, which premieres on Oct. 3. The pimp-tight rapper, whose real name is Todd Shaw, appears with Monica Payne, a music manager and former recording artist ... More >>
As the first lady of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records, electronic hip-hop artist TOKiMONSTA has been considered just one of the guys in the male-dominated genre since her competitive beat-battle days at the Project Blowed Beat Cipher in L.A. Growing up in the city's suburbs, she bought her first hi ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
This Thursday, one-time New Edition member and new jack swing icon Johnny Gill will be performing a set at Yoshi's. Credited as the creation of Teddy Riley, new jack swing saw R&B vocals being fused with uptempo beats coated in the bumptious attitude of hip-hop. At the subgenre's height in the '90s, ... More >>
Sarah RobertsScotland's young and talented beatsmith, Hudson Mohawke, has been on a serious roll. His soulful wonky-bass productions graduated from the homegrown LuckyMe label to the indie-giant Warp for the release of his 2009 debut album, the smooth and playful Butter. A video for album cu ... More >>