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Music, All Shook Down 8 Hyphy-Related Facts You Probably Didn't Know

8 Hyphy-Related Facts You Probably Didn't Know

It's easy to identify hyphy music, but it's not so easy to chart its origins and evolution. In an attempt to compile the genre's "oral history," Complex gathered 14 Bay Area representatives — which included longtime artists, like E-40,…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Female Rapper, Tia Nomore, Drops Debut EP, <i>#Holloween</i>

Premiere: Female Rapper, Tia Nomore, Drops Debut EP, #Holloween

If you haven't heard of Oakland rapper Tia Nomore, it's okay. Even though she's been rapping since the age of 17, she hasn't released any legit, not-recorded-in-her-bedroom slaps...until now. Today marks the day of her first official release, the…
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Music, All Shook Down From '93 Til: Rehashing Mac Dre and the Conscious Daughters

From '93 Til: Rehashing Mac Dre and the Conscious Daughters

[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93…
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Music, All Shook Down The Mac Dre Thizz Face Mask Is Here, Just in Time To Go Dumb For Halloween

The Mac Dre Thizz Face Mask Is Here, Just in Time To Go Dumb For Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and your winning costume has arrived: It's the Mac Dre thizz face mask, a $29.99 piece of rubber and fake hair shaped just like the face made by late Bay Area rap great Mac…
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Music, Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Before his death eight years ago, Bay Area hip-hop legend Mac Dre frequently used the term "thizz" to describe the feeling of being high on ecstasy. Dre, born Andre Louis Hicks, would drop the word in his breezy, synth-filled songs,…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Rap Mogul Stretch on the DEA Tying Mac Dre's Label to an Ecstasy Bust

Bay Area Rap Mogul Stretch on the DEA Tying Mac Dre's Label to an Ecstasy Bust

[Editor's note: This week's music feature looks at a recent DEA drug bust that claimed a substantial connection between late Vallejo rap legend Mac Dre's record label and a large-scale Ecstasy trafficking ring, of which 25 alleged members were arrested…
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News, The Snitch Mac Dre's Old Record Label Affiliates Arrested in Drug Bust After Federal Thizzvestigation

Mac Dre's Old Record Label Affiliates Arrested in Drug Bust After Federal Thizzvestigation

As the late Mac Dre explained, Thizz Face is "a look on your face like you smelled some piss."This expression is similar to "a look on your face when you are arrested as part of a nationwide DEA drug-trafficking sweep."So…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Drake Drives Through San Francisco and Oakland in 'The Motto'

Watch: Drake Drives Through San Francisco and Oakland in 'The Motto'

Canadian rapper/pop star Drake just dropped the video for his single "The Motto," featuring labelmates Lil Wayne and Tyga. It's the third single from Drake's second album, Take Care, which debuted at No. 1 last month with more than 600,000…
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Music, All Shook Down From Basics To Based: Grab One Hour of 'Dope' Bay Area Rap

From Basics To Based: Grab One Hour of 'Dope' Bay Area Rap

Believe it or not, "Digital Underground" used to mean something other than that secret server farm 400 feet beneath South Park. Want proof? This just in from the Good Records blog, via Tumblin' Erb: Cities of Dope, an expertly mixed…
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Music, The Jacka reprises hyphy with a gangsta twist

The Jacka reprises hyphy with a gangsta twist

Who needs a hyphy movement when you have the Jacka? The Pittsburg turf rapper is a one-man phenomenon. Though independent, he has as much street cred as any major-label rap artist. Maybe even more. Like his mentors C-Bo and Mac…
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Music, Hear This Tech N9ne: Self-Made Killer

Tech N9ne: Self-Made Killer

Killer, the ambitious double album from Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne, debuted atop Billboard's independent albums chart last month. The success of Tech's 11th full-length could help the rapper reach the admirable goal of selling more than a million albums…
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Music, OG icon B-Legit reflects on pre-hyphy rap

OG icon B-Legit reflects on pre-hyphy rap

Few artists can say they've recorded with Mac Dre and Daryl Hall. In fact, B-Legit might be the only person who can make that claim. "Daryl Hall, he's really a soulful dude," says the Vallejo rap legend, who teamed with…
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Music, Reviewed Bravez Team Hyphy

Bravez Team Hyphy

It's hard to look at the cover of BTH's debut and not think that these kids are just some bubblegum grommets. The Bay Area group sports the grills and chains, the boy-group baby faces, the chrome rims, and, of course,…
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Music, The War Emcee

The War Emcee

When hyphy broke nationally last year, the burgeoning genre was heralded as, to quote Village Voice rap critic Roque Stew, breaking "macho Apollonian pose" in favor of "a Dionysian authenticity of feeling over some make-believe authenticity to street stoicism." (Translation…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

We're kicking off the first Shmixtape of '07 by featuring two open-minded DJs appearing live on the same night this week. That allows for party-hopping club connoisseurs to test-drive the skills of these locals live, and, if they're a good…
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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, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Andre "Mack Minister" Dow appeared on America's Most Wanted for under 30 seconds in February (the clip is viewable on YouTube's Web site at www.youtube.com). But it was enough to get the minorly known Bay Area rapper arrested on March…
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News, Feature Feelin' Their Thizzle

Feelin' Their Thizzle

It's a frigid December night in West Oakland, and the sky is as black as slag. Rain pours down in thick, oily sheets, sweeping all kinds of detritus along the road. Outside Soundwave Studios, people are loading band equipment into…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

In the first installment of this segment last month, we mentioned a few basic points about mixtapes, including that they're mainly on CD format. For this month's edition ("Shmixtape 2: Electric Boogaloo") there's a need to slightly modify that definition:…
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Music, Reviewed Mac Mall and Mac Dre

Mac Mall and Mac Dre

The first release to feature Mac Dre since his murder last November is a collaboration with his one-time protégé and fellow Vallejo native Mac Mall. The MCs appear under two of their many aliases, Andre Macassi and Mall Macenroe, and…
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