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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Macklemore on <i>Sesame Street</i>, 2 Chainz on <i>Nancy Grace</i>, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

This Week: Macklemore on Sesame Street, 2 Chainz on Nancy Grace, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

"I have two beautiful little girls and I'm a great father. I just feel like, basically, everyone should take care of their own. It's about governing your own household and taking care of your own property. It's about having…
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Music, All Shook Down The Game's "Don't Shoot" is an Expression of Unity and a Rallying Cry for the Entire Country

The Game's "Don't Shoot" is an Expression of Unity and a Rallying Cry for the Entire Country

For years now, the world has thought of hip-hop as a volatile place. Backstage beefs, on-track insults, coastal rivalries and, at times, shocking violence and shooting deaths. Yesterday though, The Game unleashed "Don't Shoot" — a collaboration with some…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

"In a felony complaint by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the rapper will be charged with possession of a controlled substance for unlawfully carrying codeine... The rapper... faces up to three years in prison if convicted."2 Chainz might…
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Music, All Shook Down What Do Bands Make at Shows in S.F.?

What Do Bands Make at Shows in S.F.?

Gig pay: Perhaps, while standing inside a club, sipping a beer, and staring up at the stage, you've wondered: What is that band making for this show? You know you paid $15 (or $25, or $40) to get in, but…
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Music, Hear This 2 Chainz: Show Preview

2 Chainz: Show Preview

Of the many potential knocks against the rap game, one thing you can't say is that it has no tolerance for second acts. Maybe more so than other peformers, rappers are free to recycle themselves into new monikers and modes…
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2 Chainz Fired His Bodyguard After S.F. Shooting Incident, Says He Lost Nothing But an ID

"He's not my bodyguard anymore," says 2 Chainz of the man who was supposed to have his back when the Georgia rapper and crew were robbed and shot at on the daytime streets of San Francisco in June, only…
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Music, All Shook Down Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Bring the America's Most Wanted Tour to Concord, 8/30/13

Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Bring the America's Most Wanted Tour to Concord, 8/30/13

2 Chainz, T.I, Lil Wayne Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 Better than: Sleeping in on a Saturday morning. The guy to my far left wasn't who I expected to see near the front row of…
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Music, All Shook Down The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

MTV, the music video channel that doesn't play any music videos, held the 30th edition of its annual Video Music Awards last night, honoring many of pop music's biggest names. Here's our minute-by-minute recap of the 2013 VMAs:0:01: Close up…
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Music, All Shook Down Drake, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean Worship at the Altar of Stupidity on "All Me"

Drake, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean Worship at the Altar of Stupidity on "All Me"

Ever wonder why some of the young kids you see yelling at each other on Muni seem to be getting more abusive, more cocksure, and more idiotic? We have. We've given this a lot of thought actually, and we've concluded…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Rufus Wainwright wore an awful, paint-splattered suit to Davies Symphony Hall, but dazzled the assembled mellow masses anyway. He toured through what was basically a greatest hits set with a little swagger, a splash of self-deprecating charm, and,…
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Music, All Shook Down Yes, 2 Chainz Was Really Robbed at Gunpoint in S.F. Yesterday

Yes, 2 Chainz Was Really Robbed at Gunpoint in S.F. Yesterday

Despite a flurry of conflicting press reports -- spawned by conflicting statements from SFPD -- police have confirmed that Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz himself was robbed at gunpoint in SOMA yesterday, only hours before taking the stage at KMEL's Summer…
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Music, Hear This Diplo: Show Preview

Diplo: Show Preview

Diplo has no trouble keeping himself occupied. In 2012, the prolific DJ and producer born Thomas Wesley Pentz worked with Snoop Lion, oversaw Major Lazer as its remaining original member (a second album is forthcoming), toured with Skrillex and Grimes…
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Music, All Shook Down 2 Chainz Practices His 'Tru' Religion at The Warfield, 12/16/12

2 Chainz Practices His 'Tru' Religion at The Warfield, 12/16/12

2 Chainz Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Ratchetness at home. At one point in the middle of his second consecutive sold-out show at The Warfield, the Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz turned his set into a sermon and…
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Music, All Shook Down 2 Chainz's 10 Best Song-Stealing Guest Verses

2 Chainz's 10 Best Song-Stealing Guest Verses

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Musician-Based Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser Right Now

Top Five Musician-Based Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser Right Now

2012 has seen a bumper batch of musician-helmed video games hitting the Internet. They're ostensibly meant to promote an artist's latest release, but also act as snappy diversions to play in your browser while you should be concentrating on something…
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Music, All Shook Down A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in <i>CB4</i>

A$AP Rocky's New Song Should've Been in CB4

Remember that awesome 1993 Chris Rock movie, CB4? Which basically zoomed in on the extremes of rap culture, parodied them, and got the world to see how absurd it all was? The songs in that movie were laugh-out-loud funny precisely…
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Music, All Shook Down G.O.O.D. Music's <i>Cruel Summer</i>: A First Listen

G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer: A First Listen

Kanye West has officially become the bad guy, people. He's rich, he's rude, he's entitled, he's a rock 'n' roll legend who's awaiting a legit artistic backlash any year now, and he's also a smart businessperson. After Taylor Swift-gate and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

So, 2 Chainz and Kanye West just saw fit to join forces to write a birthday song. Called "Birthday Song." What the ball-sack were they even thinking?It's a well known fact that there are only three birthday-related songs in the history…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Deal With Airport Security When You're a Famous Musician

How to Deal With Airport Security When You're a Famous Musician

The problem with being famous and getting special treatment everywhere you go is that you sometimes forget that rules actually apply to you. Yes, music stars, we know you think you're more important than the rest of us plebeians, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Things To Sort of Like About Kreayshawn's "Breakfast (Syrup)"

Five Things To Sort of Like About Kreayshawn's "Breakfast (Syrup)"

In the video for new single "Breakfast (Syrup)" Kreayshawn the rapping eyelash awakens to find her kitchen taken over by raucous youngsters bathing each other in syrup while attempting to cook pancakes. She promptly joins the party and, with the…
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