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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: The Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Moment of Truth: The Top 7 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

Moment of Truth’s first year comes to a close and it’s been a pleasure covering hip-hop in the Bay throughout 2015. If the year in music showed us anything, it’s that hip-hop artists in the area are getting more…
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Music, All Shook Down You Gotta Check Out Blackalicious' Sports-Themed Redux of "Alphabet Aerobics"

You Gotta Check Out Blackalicious' Sports-Themed Redux of "Alphabet Aerobics"

Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" is one of those hip-hop tracks that transcend the genre. What began as one of the finest displays of lyrical fluency became a meme before people ever knew what a meme was. "Have you heard that…
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Music, All Shook Down Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

One of the most celebrated hip-hop acts to emerge from the greater Bay Area during the '90s, Blackalicious made a triumphant return with the release of Imani Vol. 1, the duo's first new studio album in a decade that just…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: Blackalicious Overcome Health Issues to Drop First Album in 10 Years

Moment of Truth: Blackalicious Overcome Health Issues to Drop First Album in 10 Years

Gift of Gab, the venerable speed-rapping MC of conscious Bay Area hip-hop mainstay, Blackalicious, suffered kidney failure in 2012 stemming from his Type 1 diabetes. For the past 3 years, he has undergone dialysis sessions three times a week. In…
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Music, All Shook Down Myra Melford on the Magic of Duos, the Art of Improvisation, and Performing With Rappers For the First Time

Myra Melford on the Magic of Duos, the Art of Improvisation, and Performing With Rappers For the First Time

Expect the unexpected at the Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night. Presented by Red Bull Music Academy Radio San Francisco — currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with a full two weeks of live performances, guest DJs, and more, broadcasting out of a…
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Music, How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

If, at some point, future musicologists ever seek to unearth a dense concentration of Bay Area hip-hop culture, they'd have to look no further than a typical Jurassic 5 show at the Justice League in the late '90s. Openers would…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

Music Links: A Bag Pipe Festival, A New Band from Members of Jawbreaker and Green Day, and More

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Music, Hear This Myron & E: Show Preview

Myron & E: Show Preview

Myron Glasper and his collaborator, E, met and started playing together while touring with Bay Area rap juggernaut Blackalicious. But the music on their Stones Throw debut album, On Broadway, looks much further back than backpack hip-hop. This is an…
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Music, All Shook Down <em>Unsound</em>, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

Unsound, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

San Francisco producer-engineer Mikael Eldridge, a.k.a. Count, has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt. Locally, he's collaborated with Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and DJ Shadow. And Count, who…
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Music, Hear This Latyrx: Show Preview

Latyrx: Show Preview

Born out of the lauded Northern California hip-hop collective Solesides — the same group that produced DJ Shadow and Blackalicious — Latyrx was a short-lived, much-loved partnership between rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. Their 1997 full-length became…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

With a line-up that includes cut-and-paste maestro DJ Shadow, innovative rap duo Blackalicious, and the spirited funk styles of Latryx, the Quannum collective is a Bay Area institution. Since its inception in the early '90s, the creative crew has…
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Music, All Shook Down Jazz Mafia's Adam Theis on the Group's New Hip-Hop Symphony, Performing with Blackalicious, and More

Jazz Mafia's Adam Theis on the Group's New Hip-Hop Symphony, Performing with Blackalicious, and More

Whatever you're doing this weekend, we can pretty much guarantee that the members of the Jazz Mafia are doing more. The S.F. jazz collective's hip-hop outfit, Shotgun Wedding Quintet, is serving as the backup band for Blackalicious' live show…
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Music, Gift of Gab&#146;s talent sidetracks his solo missions

Gift of Gab’s talent sidetracks his solo missions

It's been five years since Oakland rapper Gift of Gab made his solo debut with 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, but the wait for a follow-up has made the time feel much longer. Not that the man born Timothy Parker…
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Music, All Shook Down Gift of Gab Announces New Solo Record

Gift of Gab Announces New Solo Record

Today, Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab announced the October 27 release of his second solo album. Imaginatively-titled Escape 2 Mars, the new record features guest appearances by Del the Funky Homosapien, Brother Ali, Honeycut vocalist Bart Davenport, Joyo Velarde…
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Music, All Shook Down The Drum Celebrates 25 Years

The Drum Celebrates 25 Years

KZSU DJ Kevvy Kev  is the Yoda of hip-hop - a wise Jedi of boom-bap who has been a constant force in supporting the music and the culture since anyone can remember. On Sunday, August 30, Kevvy Kev presides over…
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Music, All Shook Down Notes on Brass, Bows and Beats @ Yoshi's

Notes on Brass, Bows and Beats @ Yoshi's

A few thoughts from the Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows & Beats show at SF Yoshi's (which plays again tonight and tomorrow): • Holy shit, that's a lot of people on stage! (an unofficial head count numbered about 30 musicians). •…
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Music, All Shook Down My Big Fat World Music Weekend

My Big Fat World Music Weekend

In this economy, who has the means to travel internationally anymore? Luckily, with all the world music acts coming through the Bay Area of late, you don't have to have a passport, visa, hotel, and plane ticket to catch…
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Music, Reviewed The Mighty Underdogs

The Mighty Underdogs

The Mighty Underdogs is a Bay Area supergroup that adds up to less than the sum of its parts. Featuring Quannum Projects vets Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Lateef the Truthspeaker of Latyrx plus producer Headnodic of Crown City…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let's Go to the Hip Hop

Let's Go to the Hip Hop

Just before Oakland's beloved hip-hop duo Blackalicious sets off to tour Australia, members Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab host the Blackalicious Holiday Affair. Their invited guests for this evening of live performances include Alameda's Trackademicks, a producer and remixer…
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Blackalicious 'Barack' Party Pops Up In Oakland Sunday

I'm staring at a set list from Blackalicious on my mantle, framed and all that. "Alphabet Acrobatics" through "Chemical Calistenics." Go try to get one of your own in Oakland, Sunday, assuming you're not getting sodomized on Folsom or listening…
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