Every Thursday night, visitors to the Mission's Skylark Bar can find an arsenal of local female DJs spinning, scratching, and playing everything hip-hop -- from grimy gangster rap to funky R&B. The all-female DJ party, known as Peaches, began three years ago when local bartender Masaye Waugh had the ... More >>
It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. "She's gonna come back in a coup ... More >>
Lil Wayne's family-friendly fun.Lil Wayne Friday, September 2, 2011 @Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Rap shows without fireworks and fake gunshots "I apologize to the parents who brought their kids because of the cussing," said Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. at the end of a nearly two-hour ... More >>
Richard HaickP. Diddy at the Warfield Friday night. Diddy Dirty Money Tour May 6, 2011 The Warfield Better than: Not getting to study the science of weave-ology on a Friday night. "I thought I told you that we won't stop!" Friday night at the Warfield, Sean "Diddy" Combs, the artist former ... 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 >>
The World Series is about much more than baseball. It's a clash of two cities, two regional cultures, two rabid groups of fans, two color schemes, two outlooks on drug policy, and much more. (We ain't even gonna go into politics.)Starting right now, we're also making the World Series about music. To ... More >>
Digital Underground in 1989Rap ruses get no better than Humpty Hump. The alter-ego of Digital Underground's leader Shock G, Humpty's mythology has him wearing a fabulously-personalized Groucho Marx-style nose to cover up horrific facial scars incurred during a (fictional) accident with a deep-fat ... More >>
How SMC Recordings built an indie rap empire
Just got off the phone with Girl Talk, America's reigning laptop-based sample artist, who will make thousands of locals sweat tomorrow night at the Fillmore with fellow laptopper Dan Deacon. Here's some notes on tomorrow's show, the upcoming new album, new remixes and quitting the day job. Congrats, ... More >>
Who are the hottest bands in the Bay? One litmus test is MySpace, where intrepid ASD reporter Ty Callister went digging and calling, turning up wonderful gems (like, who the fuck is SCWEEZ?!). Quotes from The Pack, Secondhand Serenade, and more after the jump. -d2 The Bay's Top Ten on MySpace By Ty ... More >>
The DJ who works out of S.F. has crafted both exquisite beats and a carefully cultivated mystique. Find out from him why the lush trip hop is being replaced by a local hyphy sound.
After 25 years, R&B crooner Lord Nasty is finally getting his message heard: Everything's better with a big, fat dick in your mouth
The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story
We hit the streets with one of the city's most eccentric rappers to find out if any S.F. natives know what a "Larry Dog" is
How a white punk from Ireland helped jump-start the Bay Area hip hop and turntablist scenes
Bomb Records' David Paul single-handedly created a successful hip-hop magazine, launched artists' careers, and rescued the DJ from obscurity. Now what?