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Music, "Distortion 2 Static" Turns off the Mic After 10 Years

"Distortion 2 Static" Turns off the Mic After 10 Years

"Me and Ariel Nuñez walked into the public access TV studio on a Friday in 2002, and they gave us a time slot for that Monday!" Halline Overby, who performs under the name DJ Haylow, is recounting the day that…
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Music, Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Among the more than 30 musical acts appearing across four stages at the annual Rock the Bells Festival this weekend, nearly one-third are seasoned artists who plan to perform their debut albums in their entirety. Most of these records were…
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Music, Nas and Damian Marley show the wrong way to Africa

Nas and Damian Marley show the wrong way to Africa

"Who says we can't go to Africa?" Those immortal words are uttered by Sincere, played by rapper Nas, in the gripping (if narratively challenged) 1998 film, Belly. They're words of hope, a desire to return to something original, a home…
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Music, Hear This How the Grouch Stole Christmas

How the Grouch Stole Christmas

What good is a holiday present without colorful wrapping? No, I mean the other kind of rapping, with mikes, MCs, and turntables. At Thursday's How the Grouch Stole Christmas date, the audience gets the gift of gab with sets by…
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Music, Reviewed Nas

Nas

Since his classic debut, Illmatic, Nas has been mostly coasting on his charm, his gift for public relations, and his skills as an MC. But on Untitled he's clearly hoping that by name-dropping big issues (reparations, single motherhood, media control)…
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Music, Nothing in Common

Nothing in Common

In his continuing crusade against hip hop, FOX News polemicist Bill O'Reilly recently went on the attack against N.Y.C. rapper Nas. He tagged the Queensbridge MC a "gangster rapper," and claimed that by performing at a benefit for Virginia Tech…
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Music, For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

There's little doubt that the Rock the Bells festival, rolling through the Bay Area this Saturday, is the hottest hip-hop ticket for this summer's touring season. This year's edition of the annual rap circus collects more than 20 of the…
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Music, Who Killed It?

Who Killed It?

When Nas declared late last fall that "hip hop is dead," it's doubtful he anticipated the genre's demise would be expedited by a 67-year-old shock jock with a penchant for racist banter. But after Don Imus' now infamous screed on…
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Music, Reviewed Nas

Nas

As with 2004's "Thief's Theme," the title track to Nas' eighth disc is built around a sample of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida." But "Hip Hop Is Dead" also resurrects something else: a theme that's been floating around since the '90s. Back then, some…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

In It's No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, From Seduction to Scandal — A Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All, Carmen Bryan does more than wield the longest book title known to man. As someone whose name was smeared in…
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Music, Reviewed Diddy

Diddy

Sean "Diddy" Combs has a proven aptitude for entrepreneurship, a talent that has overshadowed his career as a music artist and record-label head for the last several years. Until the recent No. 1 successes of his Bad Boy Records artists…
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Music, Reviewed Nas

Nas

Nas has always been hip hop's most complex lyricist, so it comes as little surprise that he's released one of the genre's most ambitious albums. On Street's Disciple, the MC suggests the existence of a black culture that lies in…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be at Hollertronix' parties in Philly circa 2002 was very heaven." I'm paraphrasing Wordsworth, of course, but I think that's what he might have said had he been on…
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SF Weekly Picks

Wednesday, August 28 Nas How nasty can a rapper be who transforms the wistful chorus from the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" into an epic assault on urban discord? Well, nastiness is not what Nas is about; Nas is about real life,…
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Rosie Flores Rockabilly Filly (Hightone) Rosie Flores stole the show on Tulare Dust, her label Hightone's plucky tribute to Merle Haggard. On her elegant reading of the countryman's "My Own Kind of Hat," she sang with the kind of quiet…
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