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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tyler the Creator's in Hot Water, Miley's in Mid-Air and Tyga's in Bed With a Young 'Un

This Week: Tyler the Creator's in Hot Water, Miley's in Mid-Air and Tyga's in Bed With a Young 'Un

We apologize in advance for the fact that both videos featured in today's end-of-week blog are Miley Cyrus-based, but she made too many valuable points about nipple censorship in the first one, and the second one just serves to prove…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: Go See Straight Outta Compton

Moment of Truth: Go See Straight Outta Compton

If you love hip-hop then it's essential you see Straight Outta Compton as soon as humanly possible. It's not that the movie, produced by Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, etc is a history lesson, as much as it's a history refresher. Cause…
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Music, All Shook Down TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

Even if audio streaming services haven’t been in your headphones over the last few months, they’ve undoubtedly been in your newsfeed. Sure, you might have missed when, in March, Jay-Z and his cadre of photo opportunists (Kanye, Madonna, Jack…
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Music, All Shook Down Sound Advice for a New Gear Year

Sound Advice for a New Gear Year

So, you exited Christmas flush with gift cards and $12 checks from grandma. You poured over all the “Best of 2014” lists and hit up iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc., to cherry-pick albums you missed. As one of your New…
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Music, All Shook Down Chappy Chanukah! Celebrate Like a Gangsta With a Dr. Dreidel

Chappy Chanukah! Celebrate Like a Gangsta With a Dr. Dreidel

Tonight's the first night of Chanukah, and — because what better way to play off jokes about Jews and money than to invoke the name of the richest human in hip-hop while gambling for pennies during your annual festivies? —…
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Music, Hear This De La Soul: Show Preview

De La Soul: Show Preview

Adore it or abhor it, the non-musical "skit" track has long become a fixture in hip-hop records, resulting in such interludes as Method Man discussing testicular torture and Dr. Dre offering his take on an ultra-low-budget game show. De La…
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Music, The State of Snoop Dogg: An Awkward Gangstafari

The State of Snoop Dogg: An Awkward Gangstafari

The change isn't so shocking, is it? Even back in the early days of Snoop Doggy Dogg, when Calvin Broadus was putting hands in the air from the roof of a Long Beach record store, or dangling a long roll…
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Music, All Shook Down Before <i>Hip-Hop Squares</i>: Eight Links Between Rap Music and TV Game Shows

Before Hip-Hop Squares: Eight Links Between Rap Music and TV Game Shows

A game show that people have ever cared about -- even a little bit -- can go down, but it will never truly be out. Know the Dick Clark version of Pyramid that started in the 1970s and continued throughout…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Less than a year ago, 24-year-old Kendrick Lamar of Compton was figuratively passed the torch of West Coast rap by none other than Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, two icons who have rarely shared a stage together over the past…
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Music, Hear This Kendrick Lamar: Show Preview

Kendrick Lamar: Show Preview

Less than a year ago, 24-year-old Kendrick Lamar of Compton was figuratively passed the torch of West Coast rap by none other than Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, two icons who have rarely shared a stage together over the past…
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Music, All Shook Down Weekend Parties: Matthew Dear at Public Works, Frankie Knuckles at Mighty, Glass Candy at Mezzanine, and More

Weekend Parties: Matthew Dear at Public Works, Frankie Knuckles at Mighty, Glass Candy at Mezzanine, and More

You've seen the headlines: Noise Pop is finally here. As you can imagine, that means your options for entertainment for this weekend are dramatically expanded. We've got big parties on the horizon with performances by heavy hitting artists like…
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Music, All Shook Down Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

See also: * Fauxchella: How to See Your Favorite Coachella Bands Without Leaving S.F. It's here: The lineup for the biggest music festival in the west, Coachella, and the first year in which the festival will span two weekends,…
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Music, All Shook Down Dear Dr. Dre, Please Stop Trying to Sell Us Things Other Than <i>Detox</i>

Dear Dr. Dre, Please Stop Trying to Sell Us Things Other Than Detox

Is it greed? Does he need the money? Or does Dr. Dre really not know that the world would much rather receive Detox -- the album he's been promising us since 2004 -- than his endorsement of the speakers in…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. John Barry: Appreciating the Composer's Widespread Legacy

R.I.P. John Barry: Appreciating the Composer's Widespread Legacy

British composer John Barry has died at age 77 of a heart attack, leaving behind three ex-wives and a widow, four Grammys, a few Oscars, an Order of the British Empire, and -- most importantly -- a wealth of lush,…
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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, All Shook Down An Incredibly Misleading Halloween Party Poster From Wild 94.9

An Incredibly Misleading Halloween Party Poster From Wild 94.9

Now, say you saw this:What would you think? If you're like most people, you'd probably think, "Hell yeah! I'm about to go see Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre headline Wild 94.9's Halloween party!"That's certainly what the designer of this poster…
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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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Music, BeatBox DJ Quik and Kurupt

DJ Quik and Kurupt

DJ Quik and Kurupt are longtime friends who first met during the recording of Dr. Dre's groundbreaking 1992 album, The Chronic. They've occasionally worked together over the years, but have only recently formed a solid musical partnership. Their first collaborative…
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Music, Reviewed Eminem

Eminem

Having fought a prescription pill addiction and mourned his murdered friend Proof, Eminem has chosen to use his new album as his therapy. Whereas he played his last work, Encore, largely for laughs, Relapse is an often-shocking plunder of the…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Matt Africa Posts Free DJ Quik Mix

DJ Matt Africa Posts Free DJ Quik Mix

DJ Matt Africa has just posted a free downloadable tribute to "Amerika's Most Complete Artist," DJ Quik. The mix is here, and accompanying "liner notes" can be found on Africa's blog, I Wish You Would.  It's always interesting to…
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