2012 was a fertile year for Bay Area rap, a time when the intellectual, the brazen, the sexed-up, and the chilled-out all took center stage at one point or another. There were songs that inspired dances, songs of Bay Area pride and protest, and more of that straight mack flow that still bumps around ... More >>
Groupie lit is getting around. Two recent publications bookend the extremes of this growing canon of female-authored works -- in other words, one's worth settling down with, while the other should be quit before it's hit. See Also: * Groupies, Piss, and Penises: Five Shocking Music Memoirs * Lose t ... More >>
Too $hort is firing off a battery of new videos to support his forthcoming No Trespassing album. The first, "Money On The Floor" (with E-40) revisits a familiar booty-shaking theme (albeit with stunningly cinematic new angles), while "Hey," with Silk-E, showcases an almost romantic vibe that is neve ... More >>
"Money Shark," the new video from San Francisco-bred rapper Andre Nickatina, features a few prominent elements: the Las Vegas skyline, a pliable female backside, and a giant crab meant to represent his favorite S.F. seafood spot, Crustacean. The cut, from director Ben Griffin (who's also prod ... More >>
We can't not love you, Ricky. Ah, that bittersweet taste of success. Wallpaper, the Oakland dance-pop project of marvelous partyboy Ricky Reed, has a new partnership with MTV, Boardwalk records, and Hype Music, a new music licensing partnership sporting the talents of former KCRW DJ and Morn ... 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 >>
Recently a few colleges, including the Universities of Virginia and South Carolina, announced plans to offer an undergraduate course on the music, celebrity and all-around mindfuck of Lady Gaga. UVA's is called "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity."We've all heard about legendary and hard-to ... More >>
This is a pretty nice lookin' flier, don't you think?It's not really a big weekend for electronic music concerts and dance parties. Sure, the regular DJs and party promoters are milling about, doing what they usually do, which you're already likely to know about if you want to. And we d ... More >>
Is this what it takes?On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>
EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedSoul on a Roll: Martin Luther Is there life after neo-soul? The R&B subgenre, which enjoyed immense popularity in the late 90s-early 00s, long ago outlived its usefulness. The name--conceived, reportedly, in a marketing meeting by then-Motown ... More >>
dead prezGenerally, when ASD receives a press release boasting about a show with "arguably the strongest lineup of socially-aware, hardcore hip-hop talent in recent memory," we just shrug it off as pure hyperbole (and yes, to paraphrase Harry Allen, we normally don't believe the hyperbole). But holy ... More >>
EKAphotography copyright 2009. all rights reservedZion-I and Goapele at the Zoo. If you've been waiting for local hip-hop to get back on track following a so-so 2008, you'll be overjoyed to know that The TakeOver, Zion-I's long-awaited follow-up to True & Livin', is upon us. Vibrantly electrifi ... More >>
The body count of legendary recording studios that have gone silent is undeniable.
Mistah F.A.B. picks up where hyphy left off
The stars need fixin'
Local candidates for national dance crazes
Oakland triple-threat Trackademicks does it all
Well, lots of things, actually
Wherein we review Yay Area mixtapes of the day
Misc. Reviews: My Night With Snoop
The Slapp Addict
Wherein we review Yay Area mixes of the day
Local hip hop gets an online boost from a selection of top-notch blogs
Sir Mix-A-Lot likes more than just big butts; celebrate a "Declaration of Oil Independence" with Bat Makumba.
Andre Nickatina raps about being one of the Fillmore's hardest MCs, so what's he doing driving a Toyota?
Why the Bay Area has stopped producing big-time rock bands
The shit hits the fans
The history of hip hop, at Yerba Buena Center
Del the Funky Homosapien has moved out of the shadow of his famous cousin -- and every musical cliché -- to help lead Bay Area hip hop
Bay Area hip-hop artists and the art of the hustle
The Luniz and the boom-market for East Oakland rap