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Music, All Shook Down Cyndi Lauper Endorses Hillary Clinton and Red Hot Chili Peppers Post a Ditty About Bernie Sanders on Instagram

Cyndi Lauper Endorses Hillary Clinton and Red Hot Chili Peppers Post a Ditty About Bernie Sanders on Instagram

It's campaign season which means that everyone, even those who you think wouldn't be the most politically-inclined, are getting in on the action. There's been no shortage of artists and bands who have come out to support candidates — 50…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Oakland Rapper Beejus Unveils His Newest Album, <i>Beesmoove 2</i>

Premiere: Oakland Rapper Beejus Unveils His Newest Album, Beesmoove 2

West Oakland rapper Beejus (born Brandon Robinson) unveils his eighth album, Beesmoove 2, today on All Shook Down (available for download on Sunday, Feb. 28). The 12-track project, produced almost entirely by Beejus’ friend and fellow West Oakland native…
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Music, All Shook Down 50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Twitter Joke Protection

50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Twitter Joke Protection

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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Bj&ouml;rk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

"When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication -- we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves -- you don't think good taste. And I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing.…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

"I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn't ask a straight person these questions. I've tried to be clever with this album, because it's also important to me that my music reaches everybody."Sam…
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Music, All Shook Down Sync-Hole: Five Incredibly Embarrassing Lip-Syncing Incidents

Sync-Hole: Five Incredibly Embarrassing Lip-Syncing Incidents

We all get caught slacking off at work sometimes. Everyone has off-days, hangovers, and occasional sleep deprivation to slow them down. But if you're a performer who is supposed to sing for a living and is only required to do…
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Film, "How to Make Money Selling Drugs": War as Video Game

"How to Make Money Selling Drugs": War as Video Game

Writer-director Matthew Cooke's documentary makes the case that America's war on drugs is and always has been highly deadly, deeply corrupt, and insanely wasteful. Clearly Cooke thought a lot about how to package this stinging social critique, and ultimately he…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Rappers Remake 50 Cent's "How to Rob" With a Misogynist Twist

Bay Area Rappers Remake 50 Cent's "How to Rob" With a Misogynist Twist

San Francisco-bred rapper Messy Marv and J-Diggs, president of Vallejo's embattled Thizz Entertainment, have just released "211 on a Industry Nigga," a remake of 50 Cent's 2002 debut single "How to Rob." Both call out specific rap and R&B stars…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist That's Embarrassing! A Middle School Sex Story

That's Embarrassing! A Middle School Sex Story

The embarrassment institution that is Mortified is back Friday, Sept. 14 at the DNA Lounge. Whenever this event comes to town I feel the need to share some of my own embarrassing middle school stories with you. That's only…
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Music, All Shook Down Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

You've probably already heard about Nicki Minaj's Mitt Romney-related lyrics, in which she claimed she was going to vote for the Republican presidential candidate. So, did she mean it? Was she being ironic? Is this a publicity stunt? The only…
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Music, All Shook Down IamSu! on <i>KILT</i>, Getting an Invite From E-40, and Why He Wants Lil B to do an "Up" Remix

IamSu! on KILT, Getting an Invite From E-40, and Why He Wants Lil B to do an "Up" Remix

E-40's "Function" is blowing up the Bay. It's a slap-happy track that also happens to feature a cameo verse from Richmond rapper IamSu!, who dropped his freebie KILT mixtape last week. So with Iamsu!'s buzz building, we checked in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strong Second Act

Strong Second Act

The San Francisco Black Film Festival suffered a major setback two years ago with the death of founder and guiding force Ave Montague. Yet any concerns for the fest’s long-term survival have been erased by the cracking program assembled for…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Rap Cameos on <i>The Simpsons</i>

The Top Five Rap Cameos on The Simpsons

The squeaky-pitched funk of "Do the Bartman" might not come up often when rap nerds talk about hip-hop's golden era, but during The Simpsons' near-500-episode reign, the show has proved more than willing to spoof the rap world's biggest stars.…
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Music, All Shook Down Funny Pic: Meet 50 Winfrey, a Mutant Cross Between Oprah and 50 Cent

Funny Pic: Meet 50 Winfrey, a Mutant Cross Between Oprah and 50 Cent

Now this is just wrong -- but it's so, so right. Here are four reasons why:1. This is a great photoshop job, duh. Love that they kept Fitty's 'stache.2. Back in '06, if you're old enough to remember, 50 Cent…
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Music, All Shook Down Dear Famous Musicians, Stop Trying to Fleece Us With Your Overpriced 'Signature' Headphones

Dear Famous Musicians, Stop Trying to Fleece Us With Your Overpriced 'Signature' Headphones

It's CES time again, that once-a-year event when every consumer tech company that you have (and haven't) heard of flocks to Las Vegas to reveal this year's lineup of middling products they're sure will drive profit margins up. And, building on…
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Music, Richmond rapper Erk Tha Jerk says melody is key to mainstream success

Richmond rapper Erk Tha Jerk says melody is key to mainstream success

Erk Tha Jerk talks about melody a lot. He's an upcoming hip-hop artist releasing music on an underground level, but instead of spewing the usual plaudits about bringing back pure lyrical skills and being an antidote to an oversaturated commercial…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 10 Weirdest Recent Celeb-Musician Couples

Top 10 Weirdest Recent Celeb-Musician Couples

We found out last week, from a variety of tabloidy sources, that 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler are currently -- well, not exactly hooking up, but having intimate conversations in a bar and talking about maybe hooking up. W.T.F. people?…
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News, The Snitch Gay Teen Suicide an Epidemic: 50 Cent Offers His Novel Take

Gay Teen Suicide an Epidemic: 50 Cent Offers His Novel Take

The Week in GaySome weeks are driven by stories about politicians and legislation or courtroom drama. This is not one of those weeks. Personality and persecution are the themes this week. Fall may have recently begun but the gays are…
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Music, Freddie Gibbs shows gangsta rap's limitations

Freddie Gibbs shows gangsta rap's limitations

Freddie Gibbs may have flat-lined gangsta rap. As one of the most hyped up-and-comers, the Indiana native has amassed a publicity portfolio that includes magazine covers, plaudits from The New Yorker, substantial blog buzz, and a spot headlining the Pitchfork…
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Calendar, Night&Day Another Word for Pirate Treasure

Another Word for Pirate Treasure

Thank whatever cosmic entity you like that Booty Bassment is still going strong in San Francisco. While other mix masters may act like they'll bring some of your favorite guilty pleasure club bangers to their parties, only to wimp out…
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