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Music, All Shook Down Veteran Rappers: Do You Really Need to Continue Making New Records?

Veteran Rappers: Do You Really Need to Continue Making New Records?

There was a time, back in the late '80s, when the legendary Bronx rapper KRS-One was a candidate for the title of Greatest Rapper of All Time. Twenty-five years later, though, the self-anointed Blastmaster's latest long-player, The B.D.P. Album, suggests…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Photos: Rock the Bells at Shoreline Amphitheatre

It was quite a helluva lineup at yesterday's Rock the Bells concert at Shoreline: Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, and other hip-hop titans, with many performing classic albums in their entirety. Photographer Christopher Victorio was there for the party,…
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Music, Rock the Bells 2010: Classic performances of hip-hop albums

Rock the Bells 2010: Classic performances of hip-hop albums

How will this year's edition of rap megaconcert Rock the Bells attempt to outdo its impressive track record? Simple — by having six seminal albums performed in their entirety by most of the original artists. This year offers a chance…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock the Bells Announces Bay Area Dates

Rock the Bells Announces Bay Area Dates

America's premier (and possibly only major) hip-hop touring festival, Rock the Bells, has announced the date and venue for the 2009 edition: August 9, at the Shoreline Auditorium in Mountain View. While ASD much prefers the parking lot of…
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Music, Reviewed The Roots

The Roots

If the recent Smirnoff showcase in New York — at which Common, Q-Tip, and KRS-One disconcertingly sold their skills to the vodka company for some quick stacks — is any indication, the state of "conscious" rap is in serious flux…
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Music, His Writing Technique is Unstoppable

His Writing Technique is Unstoppable

Considering the all-too-humble sales of catalog hip-hop albums, it's surprising the number of books dedicated to the genre's history and pioneers. This dynamic is a testament to the obsessive nature of the small but vocal devotees of classic hip hop.…
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Music, Reviewed Awol One 2MEX and Life Rexall

Awol One 2MEX and Life Rexall

Shape Shifter Awol One is maybe the most loved/hated MC in Southern California — hip hop's Forrest Gump or Crocus Behemoth, depending on which side of the slash you're on. War of Art finds Awol pirating lines from Was Not…
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Music, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

It's 10 a.m. on the last Saturday in February and local activist Adisa Banjoko is on one hell of a book tour. Inspired by renowned area rap vets hawking their albums out of car trunks, Banjoko sells his Lyrical Swords…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

It's right to consider Gavin Cheung one of drum 'n' bass' most enduring hierarchs. More than a decade ago, he moved from pirate-radio experiments as a teen into London's fledgling rave scene, swapping records with young dance-music godhead Danny Bukem…
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Music, Reviewed Baby Blak

Baby Blak

For more than a decade now, hip hop has struggled to reconcile its hustla and activist sides. During much of that time, the music has fostered a simmering ideological tension between outlaw "me first"-ism and communitarian selflessness. Like KRS One…
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Music, Reviewed The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

About the only thing royal about rapper the Last Emperor is the pain in his ass he's sustained getting his career under way. Since his appearance with KRS-One on 1998's Lyricist Lounge compilation, the intelligent thug with a college degree…
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Music, That's Edutainment

That's Edutainment

When he was 14 years old and living in the South Bronx, Rico Pabón caught KRS-One performing a live freestyle version of "The Bridge Is Over" on Yo! MTV Raps. In a rhythmic reggae-style chant, the New York rapper broke…
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Recordings

KRS-One I Got Next (Jive) Only the fools who maintain a willful ignorance of hip hop's influence on pop culture would deny KRS-One (aka Kris Parker) his props. His combination of authority, longevity, and integrity is matched only by Sonic…
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