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Music, Can new Bay Area rappers step out of hyphy's shadow?

Can new Bay Area rappers step out of hyphy's shadow?

In 2006, when E-40's "Tell Me When to Go" was focusing the nation's attention on the Bay Area's hyphy scene, Roach Gigz was in his final year at Leadership High School in San Francisco. He spent his time there "making…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Hyphy Hitz purports to contain the essential songs of the Bay Area's contemporary strain of hip hop. Only just released, it is already one of the best hyphy compilations on the market, a clear snapshot of the largely synth-driven, high-energy…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

The Bay Area mixtape trade got its feet wet last year, and 2006 is already shaping up to be a serious pool party. We can expect full-length album previews, new artists' introductions, and all-around classics to be compiled onto discs…
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News, Feature Zion I

Zion I

On a warm Indian summer night, I wind my way through East Oakland's Jingle Town neighborhood and pull into Studio 880, a labyrinthine complex that's home to a video editing company, a graphic design firm, and recording studios where local…
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