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Music, Hear This De La Soul: Show Preview

De La Soul: Show Preview

Adore it or abhor it, the non-musical "skit" track has long become a fixture in hip-hop records, resulting in such interludes as Method Man discussing testicular torture and Dr. Dre offering his take on an ultra-low-budget game show. De La…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Partying with your own demographic Rock The Bells is the only annual hip-hop festival to manage the difficult feat of attracting a truly diverse and multi-generational crowd. In its…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Method Man Flips into the Crowd at the Smoker's Club Tour

Live Review: Method Man Flips into the Crowd at the Smoker's Club Tour

The Smoker's Club Tour with Method Man and Curren$y November 2, 2011 The Warfield Better than: Curling up at home with a bong and a Snuggie. My moshing days never really began, but they should have been over about half…
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Music, All Shook Down Before Lil B's <i>I'm Gay</i>: Five Great Hip-Hop Homages to Marvin Gaye

Before Lil B's I'm Gay: Five Great Hip-Hop Homages to Marvin Gaye

When it comes to creative career moves, the rapper Lil B usually blazes his own distinct and often quirky path. But his decision to re-up the cover art of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album for his own I'm Gay…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top 6 Songs To Avoid If You Want To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Are you one of those hopelessly optimistic people who decides to transform yourself into a better human every time a New Year rolls around? You may have been brimming with enthusiasm for your resolution as the clock hit midnight last…
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Music, All Shook Down Wu-Tang Clan Rocks A Cutely Dressed Mezzanine Crowd, Eventually

Wu-Tang Clan Rocks A Cutely Dressed Mezzanine Crowd, Eventually

Wu-Tang Clan Là the Darkman Mean Doe Green DJ M-Rock Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ Mezzanine Better than: Being packed into a hot, wobbly sweatbox for any other conceivable reason RZA dropped out of the first night of the Wu-Tang…
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Music, All Shook Down The Rondo Brothers Take Up Residency at Coda

The Rondo Brothers Take Up Residency at Coda

Considering the artists that the Rondo Brothers have worked with--Dan The Automator, Mike Patton, Loquat, etc.--it's easy to imagine their LastNiteRuled residency at Coda in the Mission living up to its name. Housed in the newish "jazz supper club" that…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Method Man/Redman, Ghostface Killah at Mezzanine

Last Night: Method Man/Redman, Ghostface Killah at Mezzanine

Method Man/Red ManAugust 16th, 2009 Mezzanine By Noah Sanders Better than: Watching How High sober. Last night's Method Man/Redman show could've been swiped directly from the two veteran rapper's significant mid to late-nineties heyday. Everything was there: the clouds…
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Music, Method Man vs. Redman: tale of the tape

Method Man vs. Redman: tale of the tape

Is there a more beloved duo in hip-hop than Method Man and Red? Known for their sharply hilarious contributions to albums like 1999's Blackout!, they've also appeared in deodorant commercials, the stoner cult classic How High, and a short-lived Fox…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wu Hu!

Wu Hu!

Earlier this month, influential hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan released 8 Diagrams, its first full-length in seven years. The group has demonstrated a rare and remarkable staying power in a fickle pop-music landscape, despite a paucity of releases and live dates…
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News, The Snitch Today's Rapper Shot: Spice 1 (But He's OK, Thank G-d)

Today's Rapper Shot: Spice 1 (But He's OK, Thank G-d)

Yes, those of you who had Spice 1 in the pool please hand your paperwork to members of the SF Weekly street team and collect your cash prize. The 37-year-old rapper (real name: Robert Green) was driving his Cadillac…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Wu-Tang Clan -- 8 Diagrams

CD Review: Wu-Tang Clan -- 8 Diagrams

Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams (Loud/SRC/Universal) Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Raekwon has called Wu ringleader and beatmaker RZA a "hip-hop hippie" and says the beats on the new album are too…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Del and Devin

Move over, Method Man and Redman: Hip-hop's newest answers to Cheech and Chong are ready to burn down the house. With their respective ribald tales of weed, women, and song, Del and Devin might well have been separated at birth.…
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Music, BeatBox Method Man gets a bit too methodical

Method Man gets a bit too methodical

San Francisco would be far less funky without True Skool 's hip-hop parties. From the value-priced recurring club "The Big Payback" to special one-off events with such legends as Afrika Bambaataa and Jazzy Jeff, True Skool promoter/resident DJ Ren the…
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Music, Reviewed ODB

ODB

Pieced together by an all-star team of producers (RZA, Raekwon, Mark Ronson) and bolstered by guest vocalists like Missy Elliott, Macy Gray, and fellow Wu-Tang alumni Ghostface and Method Man, A Son Unique feels more like a posthumous tribute to…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

With Howard Stern on his way out, it won't surprise us if Method Man is crowned the next "King of All Media." After a long period of relative silence from the once-figurehead of the venerable Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man will…
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Music, Reviewed GZA

GZA

Once upon a time way back in the early '90s, a clan called Wu-Tang formed, with GZA "at the head." Two years after its seminal 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang, the Clan issued its twin classics: Method Man's Tical and…
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Music, Wu-Tang Forever?

Wu-Tang Forever?

When the Wu-Tang Clan released its first single, 1993's "Protect Ya Neck," hard-core rap was associated almost exclusively with the West Coast. Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Ice Cube were hip hop's most notorious rappers, and Death Row Records…
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