Brooklyn's Boot Camp Clik established its classic New York underground hip-hop credentials starting in 1992 with Black Moon's "Who Got Da Props?" and went on to rule the '90s underground rap scene with its signature raw and grimy sound. Comprised of Tek and Steele (also known as Smif-N-Wessun), Sean ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
Editor's note: Ahead of the four-year anniversary of beloved '90s party Debaser, we invited party DJs Jamie Jams and Stab Master Arson to make a mix of some of the songs we can expect to hear at Saturday's party. What follows is their mix and commentary. By JAMIE GUZZI Hip-hop historians note that ... More >>
Best known for his roles in hip-hop groupDilated Peoples and the world-champion DJ crew Beat Junkies , DJ Babu has lately been busy crafting his newest album, Duck Season 4. Winning various DJ battles like Vestax World Championships early in his career, and releasing ground-breaking albums l ... 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 >>
Ian S. PortGroove Merchant owner Chris Veltri with a rare record.Chris Veltri stands behind the cluttered wood counter at Groove Merchant record store. Dressed in a navy peacoat and Levis, with sandy blond bangs draped over his blue eyes, he watches three customers browse his small Lower Haight s ... More >>
While Montreal's Lunice has spent the past four years quietly building his rep with a flurry of futuristic remixes, edits, and original productions, S.F.'s The Jealous Guys have spent the past year quickly making a name for themselves around the city. Now the two are linking up for some golden-e ... More >>
Karriem Riggins Yoshi's original Oakland spot was the place to be last night. Loads of scenesters were in the house, from ABB records honcho Beni B to KPFA's Weyland Southon to SF's beloved DJ RasCue to hip-hop professor Dawn-Elissa Fischer to photographer/videographers Brian Cross and Eric Coleman ... More >>
The RootsDavies Symphony HallBetter than: Sitting still for an orchestraLocal music history was made last night as the Roots performed the first-ever hip-hop concert at Davies Symphony Hall as part of SFJAZZ's Spring season. The Philadelphia-bred, Grammy Award-winning group plays in your living room ... More >>
Hard Truth: T-K.A.S.H. in AustraliaThough the postponement of the Hard Truth Soldiers Tour--featuring acts signed to Paris' Guerilla Funk label, along with national artists like Pete Rock, dead prez, Planet Asia, Immortal Technique and Kam--was disappointing, that hasn't deterred the indie label f ... More >>
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 >>
Beat Kings: The History
The drills and thrills of Boot Camp Clik
The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story
The return of hip hop legend Pete Rock, the pop sphere of "Vanguard," and a strip club with a new M.O.
Oakland MC Prozack was headed for the big time. Then his major-label deal fell apart.
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition
On the 10th anniversary of MC Charizma's death, his debut finally gets released on Stones Throw Records, the label he inspired
Alias' gentle nature informs both his beats and his personality. Just don't tell the rest of hip hop's gruff elite.
Here to There
Fantastic, Vol. 2
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
A failed record deal hasn't dampened the Mountain Brothers' sense of humor