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Music, Hear This Hood Internet: Show Preview

Hood Internet: Show Preview

Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and the Internet's boner for mash-ups. Hit YouTube this instant and you'll find remixes involving Lana Del Rey and The Notorious B.I.G., Willow Smith and Devo, Tupac and dialogue from The…
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News, The Snitch "Rapture Party" Planned for May 21

"Rapture Party" Planned for May 21

On May 21, fans of American hip hop music will have a chance to celebrate the birthday of the late Christopher George Latore Wallace, popularly known as Biggie Smalls. But those who don't like rap need not feel left out,…
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Music, Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste

Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste

At the center of the stage is a sweaty dude leaning intently over a laptop. Surrounding him is a forest of half-naked young people writhing to a mix of Notorious B.I.G. rapping over Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." This is the…
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Music, All Shook Down Remembering Biggie, Who Died 14 Years Ago Today

Remembering Biggie, Who Died 14 Years Ago Today

Christopher Wallace, better known to posterity as the Notorious B.I.G., died fourteen years ago today in Los Angeles. (Obligatory S.F. cameo: a few days before, he did a radio interview here on WiLD 107 where he said he'd hired a…
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Music, All Shook Down Lil Kim to Perform at SF's Hotel Nikko July 12

Lil Kim to Perform at SF's Hotel Nikko July 12

Prepare to hear lots of naughty words if you show up to this. The famously explicit, once-Notorious B.I.G.-endorsed Lil Kim will perform at the Rrazz Room at San Francisco's Hotel Nikko on July 12. The Brooklyn-born Lil' Kim (born Kimberly…
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Music, Hear This Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu's sneaky allure comes from the way she can tinge her own feminine mystique with hip-hop's gruff legacy. Her style is at once funky-slow-singing and funeral-flower-bringing, to paraphrase a Notorious B.I.G. verse she also lifts for her upcoming album,…
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Music, BeatBox Stretch Armstrong

Stretch Armstrong

Few DJs have helped boost dancefloor culture into the 21st century like New Yorker Adrian Bartos. As Stretch Armstrong, he teamed up with Robert "Bobbito" Garcia for most of the '90s on the legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito show on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fair Use

Fair Use

From a legal perspective, Girl Talk is remarkable — he isn't in jail. To us, it means copyright laws will never be the same, that they have in fact already changed and are just waiting for everybody to notice, like…
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Music, All Shook Down Ten Known (and Little-Known) Facts About Tupac

Ten Known (and Little-Known) Facts About Tupac

10. Pac was born June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, NYC. He also lived in Baltimore, Marin City, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. 9. The name Tupac Amaru is a reference to the last indigenous Inca ruler of Peru,…
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Film, Biggie, Small

Biggie, Small

Notorious, about a crack dealer who becomes an iconic rapper who becomes a tragic legend, is the first film George Tillman Jr. has directed since 2000's Men of Honor, about a sharecropper's son who becomes the first black diver in…
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Music, Noise Pop Preview: Mountain Goats Delve into Divine Dread

Noise Pop Preview: Mountain Goats Delve into Divine Dread

John Darnielle's songs operate with the grace of a slasher movie. They are precise in their depiction of messy situations, triumphant even in desperation, usually grisly, sometimes hilarious. His meth addicts have the wherewithal to tell you the exact street…
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Music, Reviewed Panthers


Panthers -- the George W. Smith School Panthers, to be precise -- were my grade school's official mascots, but I'm pretty sure that these Panthers are exactly the kind of thing our well-meaning teachers and Officers Friendly wanted to protect…
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Music, Reviewed The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.

The hedonistic prince lacing the "lyrical douches" of "Big Poppa"; the baritone-silk street hustler careening through the back-alley boom-bap of "Gimme the Loot"; the sad nihilist muddying the nostalgia of "Things Done Changed," i.e., "Our parents used to take care…
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Skeleton Key Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon (Capitol) Back in my college days of yore (the late '80s, at New York University), it seemed Berlin-based industrial-strength noise-makers EinstYrzende Neubauten had influenced every dark corner of the Lower East Side music scene.…
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Winners' Circle If you were foolish enough to miss the Sixth Annual WAMMIES awards ceremony last night, here's a list of the winners. Drumroll, please: Beyond/Retro/Cabaret: Trash Women; Blues/R&B: Fillmore Blues Foundation; Country/Folk: Red Meat; Hard Rock/Metal: Toiling Midgets; Hip…
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