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Music, All Shook Down Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

Blackalicious Producer Chief Xcel Talks New Album and Crafting Music on the Road

One of the most celebrated hip-hop acts to emerge from the greater Bay Area during the '90s, Blackalicious made a triumphant return with the release of Imani Vol. 1, the duo's first new studio album in a decade that just…
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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: Lyrics Born Spits Hot Fire in Explosive Hot Sauce Q&A

Moment of Truth: Lyrics Born Spits Hot Fire in Explosive Hot Sauce Q&A

Yesterday we premiered Lyrics Born’s 8th LP, Real People. It sees the legendary Bay Area MC stepping into New Orleans to produce a new sonic explosion of funk and soul, but make no mistake about it — Lyrics Born is…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Listen to Lyrics Born's New LP <i> Real People </i>

Premiere: Listen to Lyrics Born's New LP Real People

Bay Area hip-hop staple Lyrics Born’s eighth LP, Real People, is nothing like we’ve heard from him before. The man responsible for co-founding the storied Bay Area Quannum Collective traveled to New Orleans to produce and record his funkiest, most…
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Music, All Shook Down Myra Melford on the Magic of Duos, the Art of Improvisation, and Performing With Rappers For the First Time

Myra Melford on the Magic of Duos, the Art of Improvisation, and Performing With Rappers For the First Time

Expect the unexpected at the Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night. Presented by Red Bull Music Academy Radio San Francisco — currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with a full two weeks of live performances, guest DJs, and more, broadcasting out of a…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Lyrics Born Updates Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Listen: Lyrics Born Updates Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

Lyrics Born is one of the most prolific members of the Bay Area's indie hip-hop community, between his collaborations with Lateef the Truthspeaker as Latyryx, guest spots and production credits with other locals like Blackalicious, and his steady stream of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Down on The Bay(Ou)

Down on The Bay(Ou)

With Mardi Gras approaching, it's worth exploring a few of the similarities between San Francisco and New Orleans. Both cities are defined by the water that surrounds them, both suffer the occasional real estate reset from natural disasters (our…
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Music, All Shook Down <em>Unsound</em>, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

Unsound, an S.F.-Made Documentary About the Music Industry in the Age of Free

San Francisco producer-engineer Mikael Eldridge, a.k.a. Count, has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, New Order, No Doubt. Locally, he's collaborated with Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and DJ Shadow. And Count, who…
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Music, Lyrics Born and Lateef Return as Latyrx, Right on Time

Lyrics Born and Lateef Return as Latyrx, Right on Time

So Jurassic Five has reunited, Deltron 3030 just put out a new album, El-P and Killer Mike have made three of the best rap records of the last two years, Death Grips smolders controversially in the national consciousness, and Kanye…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Shows in San Francisco This Week

The Top Five Shows in San Francisco This Week

5. The Faint @ Regency Ballroom, Saturday, Nov. 17 The first time you heard The Faint's album Danse Macabre, you probably were struck by how distinctive it was. This album was dance music for people who only listened to indie…
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Music, Hear This Latyrx: Show Preview

Latyrx: Show Preview

Born out of the lauded Northern California hip-hop collective Solesides — the same group that produced DJ Shadow and Blackalicious — Latyrx was a short-lived, much-loved partnership between rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. Their 1997 full-length became…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

The next two weekends in San Francisco feature parties in tribute to the late James Brown, who would have turned 79 on May 3. The entertainer had a long history performing for multiple generations in the Bay Area, perhaps most…
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Music, All Shook Down Get a Free Tour of the Fox Theater and Celebrate Its Third Anniversary This Friday

Get a Free Tour of the Fox Theater and Celebrate Its Third Anniversary This Friday

It's kind of a big week for Oakland's Fox Theater: Tonight, Wilco plays its last in a series of three Bay Area concerts -- which, if it's anything like Sunday's show at the Warfield, should be incredible. Then, on…
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Music, All Shook Down Exclusive Premiere: Lateef The Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow Team Up for "Say What You Want"

Exclusive Premiere: Lateef The Truthspeaker and DJ Shadow Team Up for "Say What You Want"

Lateef the Truthspeaker is a prince of Bay Area hip-hop -- as a member of the Quannum collective, he's worked with DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and numerous other local greats. Lateef recently…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

The Top Five Classics From Quannum, the Bay Area Hip-Hop Collective

With a line-up that includes cut-and-paste maestro DJ Shadow, innovative rap duo Blackalicious, and the spirited funk styles of Latryx, the Quannum collective is a Bay Area institution. Since its inception in the early '90s, the creative crew has…
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Music, All Shook Down Lyrics Born Lays Down the Boogie in "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" Video

Lyrics Born Lays Down the Boogie in "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" Video

Sweater Funk's irresistibly smooth '80s boogie is catching on. The new video, "Coulda Shoulda Woulda," from the Bay Area's Lyrics Born, features the same kind of funky grooves that dominate that DJ night. The video certainly has its charms, with…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Lyrics Born and Live Band Play a Tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield

Tonight: Lyrics Born and Live Band Play a Tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield

Last-minute change to your Saturday night schedule? This evening, Bay Area hip-hopper extraordinaire and surprisingly capable singer* Lyrics Born plays a tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi's S.F. For this show, called "Continuum," he'll have his…
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Music, BeatBox Soulico: Show Preview

Soulico: Show Preview

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Democracy in the Middle East

Democracy in the Middle East

If you're looking for musical democracy, get your ass to Tel Aviv, a resort destination with nightlife that ranks among the best the Mediterranean coast has to offer. Residents of Israel's most cosmopolitan city were early dance music adopters, supporting…
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Music, All Shook Down Lyrics Born on Licensing Songs, The Vaselines' Ex Factor, and Erk Tha Jerk's Homemade Hooks

Lyrics Born on Licensing Songs, The Vaselines' Ex Factor, and Erk Tha Jerk's Homemade Hooks

​In SF Weekly's music section this week:Lyrics Born:  "For an artist like the Berkeley-based Lyrics Born, who prides himself on making "progressive" hip-hop, and who has remained on the independent level throughout his 15-plus-year recording career, licensing songs to TV shows,…
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Music, Rapper Lyrics Born pays for his art by selling songs to ads and TV shows

Rapper Lyrics Born pays for his art by selling songs to ads and TV shows

"Seeing Katie Morgan pole-dancing topless to 'I Like It, I Love It' was certainly not what I had in mind when I made that song, but when I see it, it works." Rapper Lyrics Born is talking about having one…
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