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Film, "22 Jump Street": Celebrating the Derivative!

"22 Jump Street": Celebrating the Derivative!

Self-reflexive silliness prevents sequelitis in 22 Jump Street, a deft and delirious follow-up to 2012's TV-show adaptation that mocks its very duplicative nature at every turn. As in the original, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) indulge…
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News, Chem Tales Mardi Grass: Denver's Near-Total Embrace of Marijuana and the Economy Behind It

Mardi Grass: Denver's Near-Total Embrace of Marijuana and the Economy Behind It

"I don't get it," my cab driver says, facing the long line of cars on the freeway in front of us. We're a few hours late and a few exits away from the "biggest ticketed marijuana event" in the world,…
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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Taxi Recruiting Takes to the Web

S.F. Taxi Recruiting Takes to the Web

Tucked behind a long chain-link fence, on a street where most of the buildings have corrugated siding, the dispatch yard for Luxor Cab company looks the same as it has for years — but for one new addition. A small…
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Music, Summer Guide 2013: Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ

Summer Guide 2013: Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" Even if your barbecue ends up shrouded in a veil of San Francisco fog and mist, this classic hip-hop jam will warm up the crowd. Washed Out, "It All Feels Right" The…
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Music, Hear This LL Cool J: Show Preview

LL Cool J: Show Preview

Thanks to his steady work on the hit crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, LL Cool J is better known as an actor than a rapper to a whole generation of hip-hop fans. Of course, it hasn't helped that most of…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Tough Guise

Tough Guise

Dean Delray is a tatted-up, Guns N' Roses tee-wearing, crass stand-up comic. There's a lot of that around the stand-up scene -- the over-the-top Real Guy with a plethora of vulgar stories. Here are two things about the former Oaklander…
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Film, "21 Jump Street": Yes, Channing Tatum Can Be Funny

"21 Jump Street": Yes, Channing Tatum Can Be Funny

The television show 21 Jump Street, about cops who go undercover as high schoolers, debuted on Fox in 1987 and ran until 1991. As a sign of the progress made since the Reagan-Bush era, the mixed-bag, big-screen 21 Jump Street…
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Calendar, Night&Day Know Thy Parasites

Know Thy Parasites

Dean Delray wonders about crabs. Not the seafood — the other kind. “Are they extinct?” the comedian asks. “You just don’t hear about them anymore. When I was young, you got them every year, like the flu or something.” But…
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Music, Del the Funky Homosapien Recalls the Past, Skips Nostalgia

Del the Funky Homosapien Recalls the Past, Skips Nostalgia

South Central Los Angeles, 1987: Teren Delvon Jones was staying at his aunt's house, visiting his cousin, O'Shea Jackson, whose rap name was Ice Cube. Across the street, Jones noticed somebody playing with a remote-controlled car in a driveway. He…
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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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Film, "Lottery Ticket": Bow Wow strikes it rich in the hood

"Lottery Ticket": Bow Wow strikes it rich in the hood

Midway through Lottery Ticket, a teen-comedy-cum-wish-fulfillment fantasy, the movie's hero, Kevin Carson, goes on a spending spree. The holder of a $370 million lottery ticket that he can't cash in until after the July 4 holiday, Kevin accepts a $100,000…
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Music, Hear This Cube with Attitude

Cube with Attitude

When someone comes up with a "classic rap" radio format — and it'll surely happen one of these years — you can bet Ice Cube will be in heavy rotation, alongside Bell Biv DeVoe, Mark Morrison, and Sir Mix-a-Lot. Besides…
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Film, Church Boys

Church Boys

Since promising Armageddon in the leadoff bars of Straight Outta Compton, star-producer Ice Cube has been one canny career man. In recent years he's pulled up stakes in the foundering rap game and doesn't seem to think twice about the…
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Music, BeatBox It's ladies' afternoon at El Rio

It's ladies' afternoon at El Rio

Junior Boys ' This Is Goodbye buoyed existential lyrics with soft-focus rock and diffused disco details. That 2006 album — displaying influences ranging from OMD to Scritti Politti, Frank Sinatra to Japan — acknowledged mainstream tastes while musing on the…
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Music, Hear This Diamonds in the rock; Ice Cube reigns supreme

Diamonds in the rock; Ice Cube reigns supreme

Flash pots? Diamond Nights don't need no stinkin' flash pots. Why waste time on cheap pyrotechnics when your band can dazzle with the just basics: songwriting and showmanship. On their 2005 debut, Popsicle, this New York City quartet dropped smart,…
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Music, Bouncer

Katy St. Clair weighs in on pee-pee, poo-poo, and the Casanova

Loyal Readers may be wondering just where this column was last week. Last week, Loyal Readers probably opened the paper and zoomed straight to the hooker ads in the back like they usually do. Then, after seeing no new prospects,…
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Music, Reviewed Danger Doom

Danger Doom

The rap equivalent of a Lord of the Rings commemorative glass from Burger King, The Mouse and the Mask is the groundbreaking collaboration among rapper M.F. Doom, producer Danger Mouse, and ... a television channel, the Cartoon Network. Whether such…
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Music, Reviewed JT the Bigga Figga

JT the Bigga Figga

Rapper/producer JT the Bigga Figga, who hails from S.F.'s notorious "Fillmoe" District and once spent time at Priority Records soaking up tycoon game from the likes of Master P and Ice Cube, announces his retirement from solo work at the…
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Music, Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

Still frustrated from the last election? Feeling that the left consists of a bunch of ineffectual weaklings who don't have the heart, much less the balls, to take back this country from Republican thugs? New York City's MC Immortal Technique…
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