East Coast-rasied hip-hop DJ-producer ChaunceyCC began his career in a very straightforward way: "I became a DJ pretty much out of the sheer fact that I can't rap, and everyone else I grew up around could." The observation paid off, as the selecter born Chauncey Johnson has since toured with indie r ... More >>
The two locations of chef Ryan Scott's eatery Market & Rye are known for having creative desserts such as endless remixes of Twinkies and fully loaded cookies like the Kitchen Sink, which carries an arsenal of pretzels, potato chips, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. A new cookie variety is a ... More >>
Sonoma County's Botanical Bakery offers teeny tiny shortbread cookies ("Shorties") that are about the size of a quarter and flavored with herbs and spices such as fennel pollen and lavender. The latest variety, Chocolate Chipotle, is the feistiest and most potentially addicting of all the Shorties. ... More >>
Named after the debut single from the New York rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Berkeley's C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) slangs cookies and ice cream sandwiches instead of beats and rhymes. C.R.E.A.M. lets patrons customize their orders so that one may select two different cookies for their ... More >>
With all the music floating around the Internet, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that there are a ton of talented local producers. This week's edition of Signal to Noise is riffing off that theme, with five tracks from Bay Area-related artists that produce in such diverse fields as house, U ... More >>
Hip-hop's reliance on marijuana as a creative conduit and lifestyle accessory is well documented. But beyond the genre's top tokers, there's also a bubbling batch of rappers who've rhymed about not so much getting a little tipsy as daily dalliances with the dark world of being black-out drunk ... More >>
Ask and you shall receive. Or, rather, leave your four-track promo CD by the sink in the men's room at Mezzanine during a Wu-Tang show and I shall bring it home and listen to it. This one's for you, Bay Area rapper Durt Reynolds.
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 >>
Chris BrennanJamie JamsOne thing I've always greatly respected about Jamie Jams and the other fellas that run the 'SF Weekly Best of 2010' Debaser club is their unending wealth of knowledge about the music they love. Obviously, they know their way around '90s alt-rock hits, but it's a pleasant su ... More >>
The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common. It's 100 ... More >>
Never let it be said that Noah Bennet Cunnigham is lazy. His hustle knows no bounds. He DJs, designs airport art installations, produces tracks, and manages our premiere glitch-hop outfit, Lazer Sword. As DJ Dials, he explores the depths of futuristic booty tunes and next-level bass music with ed ... More >>
Steve LopezMontezuma's Revenge Cover Art Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief yesterday announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by the equally-legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), the album fea ... More >>
Now that the Beastie Boys have pulled out of Outside Lands, announcing the bad news that MCA has to undergo treatment for cancer of the parotid (salivary) gland, the festival has turned to the public to ask what artists should be considered as replacements for Sunday night's big finale. Outside Land ... More >>
With each of these DJ Q&As we do, it's becoming increasingly obvious: Sweater Funk has become a hot night (and in that steamy basement venue, we mean that phrase in more ways than one) for San Francisco funk. When the rest of the city goes to bed early for the big week ahead, DJs and dancers ali ... 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 >>
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Brian Coleman gets hip hop's golden years on the record
More Fish (Def Jam)
The drills and thrills of Boot Camp Clik
Mu brings the techno stompdown to Rx; Mighty hosts a hip hop jammy-jam block party
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James Brown's Funky People, Volume 3 (Polydor)
Rico Bell & the Snake Handlers' Dark Side of the Mersey, The Mekons' Where Were You?, and Stefon Harris' BlackActionFigure