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  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Oakland's DJ Mere on the Local Rap Scene and Becoming a KMEL All-Star DJ

    As one of KMEL's all-star DJs and a member of the Oakland Faders crew, Oakland-born-and-raised DJ Mere's ascension to the top is a tale of hustling, street-teaming, and hard work. Starting his career as an intern at a promotions company at the age of 17, he found himself promoting locally for then-u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Can Rising Rapper J Cole Overcome Jay-Z's A&R Curse?

    J Cole​ "Jay-Z is the reason I signed to RocNation. It's very hard to say no to the opportunity when Jay-Z is involved." That's J Cole, talking optimistically about his status as the first signing to Jay-Z's RocNation label venture with concert giant LiveNation. But with Cole's debut album now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Freeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye

    DaVinci​Freeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye Friday, April 2, 2010 Mezzanine Better than: most overstuffed hip-hop bills. It was opening weekend, and Top Billin' put together a searing line-up at the Mezzanine that pitted Bay Area emcees against well-represented ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007

    CD Review: Jay-Z -- American Gangster

    Jay-Z American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella) Jay-Z's American Gangster is one hell of a comeback album . . . for Diddy. Sean Combs, along with his production team, the Hitmen, oversees Gangster's best tracks, "Pray" and "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)." As for Jigga, let's hope he finally makes good on his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Jay-Z Gets Gangster With Help From Ridley Scott

    It was officially announced today that Jay-Z will be releasing a new album November 6. Titled American Gangster, the upcoming release is inspired by Ridley Scott's upcoming film of the same name, which stars Denzel Washington as 1970's Harlem drug baron Frank Lucas. I've always waited for the day Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    CD Review: Kanye West -- Graduation

    Kanye West Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella) By Ben Westhoff Kanye is the most exciting man in rap because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent and Akon — Kanye tries harder, and Graduation, which has thirteen bangers and zero skits, reflects the man's tireless wo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2006
  • Year End

    December 15, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas, and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip hop.

  • Music

    September 15, 2004
  • Music

    May 19, 2004

    Return of the Jedi

    Once hailed as the savior of instrumental hip hop, RJD2 is back with his sophomore release

  • Music

    March 10, 2004

    Hear This

    Underground-hero-turned-MTV-darling Twista brings his "Slow Jamz" to the Fillmore

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