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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music, Diddy vs. Sports Teachers, and Kanye vs. Termites

This Week: Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music, Diddy vs. Sports Teachers, and Kanye vs. Termites

This week was just full of surprises... Taylor Swift managed what all manner of smaller artists couldn't, and prompted Apple to reverse its policy of not paying any musicians for the first three months of its new streaming service. (Swift…
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SF Weekly Letters

And the Champion Is... Inside the boxing world: A well-written story about an unusually focused and disciplined young man who has courage, principles and dignity . Cassandra Flipper Web Comment Hemp Equals Happy Images break…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As…
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Music, All Shook Down Lupe Fiasco Brings Food, Encouragement to Occupy Oakland

Lupe Fiasco Brings Food, Encouragement to Occupy Oakland

Okay, so he might be kind of a whiner. But Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is also down for the cause. Prior to performing last night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Fiasco dropped by the Occupy Oakland encampment and…
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Music, All Shook Down Lupe Fiasco: Hip-Hop's Greatest Whiner

Lupe Fiasco: Hip-Hop's Greatest Whiner

It's time for the hallowed halls of hip-hop history to start giving Lupe Fiasco his due respect. Not, you understand, as a purveyor of conscientious rap music bursting with positive-leaning messages; nor for the Chicago-based rapper's ground-breaking work as…
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Music, All Shook Down

Janelle Monae Walks the Tightrope Again with Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B.

We can't wait to see Janelle Monae perform at our All Shook Down Music Festival later this month, but in the mean time she's given us something to tide us over: a revamped and remixed version of her video for…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: B.o.B. with Lupe Fiasco

What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: B.o.B. with Lupe Fiasco

Tonight is your chance to see a hip-hop star with a playful self-image shooting his way to the top. As Sean Fennessey wrote in our April 21 issue, B.o.B. is about to get ridiculously huge. Whether the Atlanta rapper is…
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Music, BeatBox Capitol MC

Capitol MC

In the space of 61.4 square miles, Washington, D.C. produces plenty of national legislation, but few nationally acclaimed music acts. One rare recent exception is Wale (pronounced Wah-LAY), a Chocolate City MC buoyed by go-go — the District's timbale-filled take…
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Music, Kanye, Jay-Z, Mary J., and Rihanna clamor for diva status

Kanye, Jay-Z, Mary J., and Rihanna clamor for diva status

As Ye-Day approaches, one question looms large: Can any arena contain Kanye West's massive ego? The 20,000-seat HP Pavilion, where hip-hop's favorite college dropout plays April 19, is hardly large enough for a performer of his stature. He deserves a…
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Music, All Shook Down Kanye West, Rihanna Play HP Pavilion in April

Kanye West, Rihanna Play HP Pavilion in April

After winning something like 280 Grammy Awards this year, Kanye West is celebrating by making a visit to San Jose. The Louis Vuitton Don comes to the HP Pavilion April 19. He'll also bring some rather strong opening acts--…
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Music, All Shook Down

Lupe Fiasco, Kate Nash, The Black Heart Procession - SF Music Stream 01/09

Selected music from the SF Weekly Music Section. All these bands play this week in SF. Go check out said interviews and profiles.…
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Music, Lupe Fiasco hints at music retirement

Lupe Fiasco hints at music retirement

"I just don't think I have that much to say," Lupe Fiasco says over the phone, explaining why he plans to quit recording music soon. "A lot of the stuff that I want to say musically, it has a limit.…
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