Back when he was in high school, New Orleans rapper Dee-1 was working at a local Circuit City store when Lil Wayne came in and ordered a TV. Dee ended up installing the goggle-box into Weezy's car. These days, Dee himself works closely with Mannie Fresh, the architect of the classic Cash Money sound ... More >>
Courtesy of Joseph ModelisteZigaboo Modeliste.Next Tuesday, Feb. 21, is Fat Tuesday -- the true Mardi Gras, if you're feeling très Français -- and San Francisco will be marking the big day with events to get people up and on their feet. Most will show not only a traditional nod to the music ... More >>
Coachella 2012 is still more than four months away -- so naturally, it's time to start hyperventilating over rumored lineups for the first year the festival will stretch over two weekends. One "leaked" lineup appeared last week on StarzUncut, a celebrity gossip website with more than 58,000 Twitter ... More >>
Ashel Eldridge has made the rounds. Otherwise known as Seasunz, Eldridge has emerged as a social and environmental activist, working with groups like Amazon Watch and Project Pink and partnering with Will.i.am to open a youth center in Oakland. And, lest we forget, he also makes music. In ju ... More >>
Nate Dogg R.I.P. If you came of age between 1995 and 2005, it's hard to imagine you're unfamiliar with the late, great Nate Dogg (government name Nathaniel Hale), who passed away yesterday at the age of 41 after struggling with strokes suffered in 2007 and 2008. In his prime, he cornered the mar ... More >>
The past month has been a pretty great one for rap. New Orleans weed aficionado and sometime Lil Wayne sidekick Curren$y released Pilot Talk, featuring a terrific single, "The Day," where Jay Electronica waxes "young, black, intelligent, elegant, blasé," and Mos Def sounds like his jaw is still ... More >>
Tickets are almost gone for the September 3 Mos Def/ Erykah Badu show at Davies Symphony Hall--they sold like the proverbial hotcakes. But fear not, O fans of the Mighty Mos. A second date, September 4, has been added at Oakland's historic Paramount Theater, giving Def disciples an additional o ... More >>
A few choice selections from Rock the Bells' lineup
Stepping Stones (Sony Japan)
Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk.
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
In which we review Yay Area mixtapes of the day
50 Cent wants to be an actor ... but he's not
S.F. hits the big time?
The "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" may be long behind us, but De La Soul's hip hop still smells like roses
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies actually requires a brain cell or two?
Mos Def adds positive new dimensions to hip hop
As commercial hip hop radio becomes tired, turf wars flicker out, and the underground diversifies, does the Bay Area have its own identity anymore?