There was a time, back in the late '80s, when the legendary Bronx rapper KRS-One was a candidate for the title of Greatest Rapper of All Time. Twenty-five years later, though, the self-anointed Blastmaster's latest long-player, The B.D.P. Album, suggests that compulsory retirement from the recording ... More >>
I love the idea of Lil B -- a member of Berkeley one-hit wonders the Pack who wasn't gonna go out like that, and has since thrown anything and everything at the wall via Twitter and Mediafire to keep attention, fans and fame -- yet I've scarcely heard a note of his music. Loved his stint on ... More >>
But are you any good sober?
Lil Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher.
And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man wh ... More >>
This week in Lil B: A song extolling the virtues of winning, Charlie Sheen-style. Not the first to come from the rap world by any means (see: Chamillionaire, Soulja Boy, Rico Love, Traphik...), but the most easily digestible, and the most harmonious in terms of recent meme factories. If the video ha ... More >>
Lil B fucks with him. The Jealous Guys fuck with him too. And you may or may not have heard of them yet, but Oakland's Main Attrakionz are also in love with this New Jersey producer who is quietly leaving his mark on the Bay Area hip-hop scene. His name: Clams Casino.
2010 has been a pretty good year for Bay Area hip-hop, if only because it saw the next generation of local rappers come into its own, eager (and maybe even ready) to put the
Bay back on the national radar once again. Even after the death of hyphy,
rappers here just continue to get weirder and weirde ... More >>
L.A. label Friends of Friends has quietly been rising over the last
couple of years as a notable player in the experimental electronic scene.
Now, just in time for the holidays, it's dropped Pop Massacre, a new
label comp featuring interpretations of wonderfully low- and middlebrow pop
from a hi ... More >>
Chali 2naSo Chali 2na's coming to Yoshi's tonight. Dude may be the most likeable member of Jurassic 5, with his booming voice and salaam-to-that-ass demeanor, but he's also the one whose name mounts the most nihilistic assault on orthographic sensibility (distant second: Mark 7even). Not that th ... More >>
Seu Jorge and Almaz in São PauloWhat happens when a bunch of skilled musicians get together in a room and just start playing -- with no regard for whether what comes out will be marketable? Check out the gorgeous new collaboration between Seu Jorge and Almaz for an example. For our print edition ... More >>
Is Fresno's Princeton the Great One, or PtheG, really "the worst rapper in the Bay Area," or is he having a laugh at rap's expense? The conceit of "Cheeseburger" is asinine, from the rhythmically braindead chorus to the way P keeps forgetting to lip-sync and reaches for the steering wheel instead, b ... More >>
Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. Sur ... More >>
SantigoldThursday, May 21, 2009The Warfield TheaterReview by Jesse Ducker
Better Than: A bloodless M.I.A. concert
"It feels like the first day of
school!" Santigold told a screaming, full house at the Warfield last night, on the opening date of her national tour. "We've got new outfits and
every ... More >>
Weekend recap by Janine KahnThe bad news is, it's Monday. The good news? This is bound to be one short week! All Shook Down will likely be mostly crickets and echoes this Thursday and Friday as our crew heads out to spend time with their respective clans, so we overdid it this past weekend to make i ... More >>