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Monday, June 29, 2015

Moment of Truth: Park Blvd Records Is a Hip-Hop Treasure Trove

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:37 AM

ADRIAN SPINELLI
  • Adrian Spinelli

On a sleepy drag of Oakland's Park Boulevard, across the street from lively pick-up basketball games at F.M. Smith Park and a stone's throw away from Lake Merritt, hip-hop lifers Andrew "Noz" Nosnitsky and Jason Darrah have opened Park Blvd Records & Tapes. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Moment of Truth: Joey Bada$$ + Mick Jenkins Stand Out in the Best Hip-Hop Week of the Year

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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[Moment of Truth is SF Weekly's hip-hop column and appears every Tuesday on All Shook Down]

This week's slate of hip-hop shows in the Bay is nuts. Maybe you've heard that Mystikal is playing a show at Mezzanine on Friday night? Or you read our write-up on Hieroglyphics' new Wax Poetic hip-hop monthly on the other side of the Bay at Legionnaire on Friday Night too? Rhymesayers MC Grieves is hitting Slim's on Wednesday night, but one show takes the whole damn cake: Independent Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ and Chicago's Mick Jenkins, along with up and comer Denzel Curry at The Regency Theater on Wednesday. 

This is my kind of hip-hop. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Moment of Truth: The Hip-Hop Night the Bay Area Has Been Waiting For Is Here

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM

When this column started back in January, our first story was an interview with Hieroglyphics' Pep Love. He talked about a plan to start a new hip-hop night in the Bay where the DJ was back at the forefront, putting the heads up on new bomb hip-hop that they could feel. "You know, I got my plan. It’s bubbling, but I don’t think people will believe it before they see it," he told me back then. And I have to admit, I'm not entirely sure if I 100 percent believed it was coming, but shouts out to Pep Love and Hiero crew, 'cause the Wax Poetic Hip-Hop Night is here and it starts on Friday, June 19, at Legionnaire Saloon in Downtown Oakland. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moment of Truth: D'Angelo Comes to Oakland

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 12:24 PM

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D'Angelo opens the much anticipated Black Messiah tour this Sunday at the Fox Theater in Oakland. This marks D'Angelo's first headlining U.S. tour since the Voodoo World Tour back in 2000. And if you've been following along with his tumultuous career arc, the last 14 years have been building to this moment on Sunday, right here in our backyard. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Moment of Truth Video Premiere: Down 2 Earth's "Powers" (ft. Simmi)

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Down 2 Earth's "Powers" (ft. Simmi), will be appearing as a bonus track on the group's upcoming re-issue of the popular Wildfire mixtape, but before that goes down, we're bringing you the video premiere right here on Moment of Truth, our weekly hip-hop column. The video is a dark complement to a fierce track that sees the HBK Gang affiliated crew, comprised of East Bay MC's Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, and Azure (Iamsu!'s tour DJ), making a serious power play over the Kuya Beats production.

(L to R) Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, Azure
  • (L to R) Clyde Shankle, Dayvid Michael, Azure


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Moment of Truth: Lyrics Born Spits Hot Fire in Explosive Hot Sauce Q&A

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM

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Yesterday we premiered Lyrics Born’s 8th LP, Real People. It sees the legendary Bay Area MC stepping into New Orleans to produce a new sonic explosion of funk and soul, but make no mistake about it — Lyrics Born is still a rapper at his core. If you need proof, check out his hot sauce-inspired track “Sir Racha,” which he calls “a straight-up rap song.”

Upon further investigation, we discovered that Lyrics Born is in fact, a hot sauce connoisseur and he gave Moment of Truth his rapid fire thoughts (pun intended) on a slew of hot sauces. Check out our exclusive "Hot Sauce Q&A" below with the man who may or may not call himself "Sir Racha" to find out which “revolutionary hot sauce" sits at the top of his list:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Moment of Truth: A Playlist for March

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Jay Stone
  • Jay Stone

Moment of Truth is SF Weekly’s hip-hop column and appears every Tuesday on All Shook Down. Except for this week, when it is appearing on Wednesday. Don't worry about it.

If you’ve been following along for the past few months, you’ve noticed that Moment of Truth looks to keep a finger on the pulse of hip-hop, both in the Bay and beyond. With that, check out our first Spotify playlist and track-by-track breakdown below, featuring artists who have been Moment of Truth subjects, some who will be in the future (spoiler alert), Bay Area shout-outs and some other curiosities that belong in your headphones.

Check the playlist below, and read on for our notes on why these are can't-miss tracks.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Death Grips Announce World Tour That Is Maybe Actually Happening, Will Maybe Play the Fillmore July 25

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM

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Death Grips
, the Sacramento noise-punk-hip-hop crew that's elevated the act of trolling one's own fan base to an art form, have announced a world tour, which runs fairly contrary to the group's decision last July to "break up." 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Moment of Truth: Pro Era Producer Chuck Strangers on Why Joey Bada$$ Matters

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Chuck Strangers
  • Chuck Strangers
Back in mid-2012, a young Brooklyn rapper named Joey Bada$$ dropped a mixtape called 1999. Joey and his crew, Pro Era, prided themselves in hip-hop that grew in the shadows of the New York classics. 1999 sounded like it was made by dudes who grew up with Smif N’ Wessun and Def Squad jams in their headphones and dreams of DJ Premier remakes in their heads. Joey was only 17 at the time, and quickly got labeled the next big thing in hip-hop.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Moment of Truth: Mick Jenkins

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Mick Jenkins performs at Leo's in Oakland this Friday, Feb. 27.
  • Mick Jenkins performs at Leo's in Oakland this Friday, Feb. 27.

Mick Jenkins
is the very definition of a conscious rapper. Mick and his crew, Free Nation, not only buck the money/hoes hip-hop trend, they preach the spiritual enlightenment of understanding the pitfalls of hip-hop’s social constructs. Only then can you free your mind and self and be truly free (at least that’s how I perceive it).

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