Kreayshawn's contribution to Western culture is one classic line: "One big room/ Full of bad bitches." It's still awaiting its hot song. Her success is somewhere between William Hung and Jesse Camp and the 8th Street Kidz. She's an eliminated contestant without a reality show. From her phenomenally ... More >>
Music critics are misleading you. Their lists are cataloged lies. The greatest single of all time is not "Fight the Power," or "Love Will Tear Us Apart," or "Johnny B. Goode," or "Anarchy in the U.K.," or "Billie Jean." The deception is strategic; uncovering the truth would only upset their caref ... More >>
One half of the Stretch and Bobbito Show on New York's WKCR through the '90s, DJ/producer Stretch Armstrong has played an essential part in the integration of hip-hop into mainstream radio. A fixture in the '90s hip-hop scene, he used media outlets such as mixtapes and radio programs to launch the c ... More >>
Mistah Fab in Austin yesterday.Perhaps 25 people were in the room yesterday afternoon when Oakland rapper Mistah Fab and his DJ started playing inside the Austin Convention Center. That number grew eventually, but Fab blazed from the start, in a set that felt like half spoken-word lecture and hal ... More >>
Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer turned solo artist, has retired from making music. This is sad news for his army of worldwide fans, most of whom presumably have sizable classic rock collections. But it's also news that will devastate a demographic one might not automatically associate with songs ... More >>
The lineup for this year's Rock the Bells hip-hop festival has the likes of Snoop, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim and even the Wu-Tang Clan all performing classic hip-hop albums in their entirety. In our print edition this week, Tamara Palmer takes a look back at each album's considerabl ... More >>
Richie Rich's credentials as a Bay Area rap pioneer are surpassed by perhaps only Too $hort. When Rich hit the scene back in the late-'80s as a member of the Oakland-based quintet 415, they scored big with the regional classic "41Fivin." Since then, he's journeyed a career arc that's taken in a s ... More >>
RJ ShaughnessyLil Wayne, perhaps the most commercially successful and critically-lauded rapper of the past few years, was recently granted a reprieve from his date with destiny. Due to be sentenced on February 9th after pleading guilty to gun possession, the proceedings have been delayed until Ma ... More >>
Who doesn't love sunsets, right? Especially in San Francisco, where things take on a pastel hue no matter the season. DJ Galen seems to dig sunsets a little more than most: he's planned huge parties for the past 15 years aimed, in part, at watching the sun go down and the dancefloor temperature rise ... More >>
VH1 has just released its picks for the five honorees at this year’s Hip Hop Honors, and congratulations are in order to Oakland’s own Too $hort, who has made the rarified list. He’ll be celebrated alongside Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick. We can’t wait to see who ... More >>
Variety reports that Britain is appealing a court decision that would allow Snoop Dogg to cross the pond freely and fraternize with any bloke he sees fit. He was originally barred from the merry old isle in 2006 after being charged with violent disorder at Heathrow Airport. If Snoop starts a band wi ... More >>
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Aesop Rock None Shall Pass (Definitive Jux) By Hobey Echlin While his Definitive Jux labelmate El-P is P.K. Dick-obsessed and fellow Caucasian rap-adours Buck 65 and Sage Francis delve into bloggish beatnik narratives, Aesop Rock seems like the last white indie rapper who just wants to kick a beat ... More >>
Better than: going to chuuuuch. Hip Hop’s gone a long way. If you were at a Black Moon concert in the 90’s, you’d be a fool to think that this music would give sway to small-town nerdy white kids with new ideas. You were barely getting used to the west coast, and Busta Rhymes was the most ava ... More >>
Doug E. Fresh brings the beat-boxing revival to the DNA Lounge; 26 Mix hosts the ultimate hip hop feud: "East vs. West."
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