The past two years have seen an influx of rap songs dedicated to the San Francisco 49ers, a phenomenon that seems to grow along with the city's team pride. The tracks consist of a combination of remixes of popular songs and entirely original compositions, with most pointing out player names and litt ... More >>
By RACHEL SWAN
Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2011 Star Cypher
Rafael Casal, Richie Cunning, Mike-Dash-E, Show Banga, Young Bari, Damey, Young Gully, Lil Rae, Symba, Cousin Fix, Nikatine Da King, Shady Blaze, Erik Tha Jerk, Mistah FAB, Stevie Joe, Big Rich, Bailey
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
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Alright, Bay Area baseball fanatics -- this is your moment. Because yes, the Oakland A's have made it to the playoffs for the first time in six years. And yes, AT&T Park is hosting playoff games for the Giants on both Saturday and Sunday this week. This is that magical period where anything coul ... More >>
Ken TaylorDaVinci, in unmistakably San Francisco fog.
DaVinci represents the Fillmore passionately. The rapper claims roots in the area going back to his grandmother's time, and has traced the changes in the blocks he grew up on through songs like "What You Finna Do." So before he lights up ... More >>
What the shirt says.
San Quinn is a certified Bay Area rap veteran. Since dropping his debut, Don't Cross Me, back in 1993, he's gone on to amass a 15-album discography, with his latest project, Can't Take The Ghetto Out A Ni**a, released in July. With that album's new single, "Big Bank," sti ... More >>
Stay in class, students, or you'll have to face San Quinn
Students, the rappers of our fair city want you to remain in school. Truly. They want it so bad that tomorrow, three of them -- DaVinci, San Quinn, and Jay Ant -- are playing a free show at S.F. City College to encourage you to continu ... More >>
Swag!Believe it or not, "Digital Underground" used to mean something other than that secret server farm 400 feet beneath South Park. Want proof? This just in from the Good Records blog, via Tumblin' Erb: Cities of Dope, an expertly mixed and surprisingly instructive hour of Bay Area rap.Jonny Pay ... More >>
Roach Gigz at AT&T ParkIf Journey's not your thing -- or if you've just heard Askon Davaran's now-ubiquitous "Don't Stop Believing" anthem for the S.F. Giants enough times -- a pack of SFC rappers including San Quinn, Big Rich, Cellski, DaVinci, and Roach Gigz have you covered with "Blac ... More >>
The competition for the banner song of this so-far-so-good Giants season is getting fierce, folks. Ashkon Davaran's "Don't Stop Believing" take-off may have won the official title, and Death Cab's Ben Gibbard given yesterday's national anthem honors (see above), but we've got another grand-slammin' ... More >>
I love the concept of turf unity: creating peace on the streets and silencing the violence one block at a time, while using hip-hop as a medium of communication, expression, and ultimately, transcendence. The reality is that the problems facing the inner city are much, much bigger than h ... More >>
Busted: Dem HoodstarzAs the Chronicle reported on Sunday, 42 members of a South Bay gang known as "the Taliban" have been arrested following a joint task force raid conducted in 14 Bay Area cities Friday night and Saturday morning.
The suspected Taliban members--who have no religious affiliation, ... More >>
EKAphotographyHip to be Square: RZA vs. CasualIf you thought chess was a game for old dudes with goiters, Market Street hustlers, and nerdy four-eyes kids, think again. The South Bay-based Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) has completely redefined the image chess by making it a kid-friendly, urban art ... More >>
By Tamara Palmer
It's now been more than 20 years since Earl Stevens (aka E-40) put his first independent record out on the streets of the Bay Area and set out on a mission to put his hometown of Vallejo on the international rap map and his colorful phraseology into the mouths of society at large ... More >>