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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

This week's party preview celebrates San Francisco's famous diversity, with a mixed-up jumble of parties representing the full spectrum of our city's nightlife. We've got 18+ events, techno, house, hip-hop, and plenty more all selected and assembled for your perusal.…
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Music, All Shook Down Prince Paul's 'Negroes on Ice' Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Prince Paul's 'Negroes on Ice' Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Prince Paul's Musical: Negroes on Ice. That's the name of producer Prince Paul and his son's new hip-hop play. The title is provocative; it evokes scathing images of mainstream millionaire rappers with Bambi-like…
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Music, Prince Paul's "Negroes on Ice" Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Prince Paul's "Negroes on Ice" Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Negroes on Ice. That's the name of producer Prince Paul and his son's new hip-hop play. The title is provocative; it evokes scathing images of mainstream millionaire rappers with Bambi-like spindly legs slipping and sliding around on the slick ice…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Distortion 2 Static</i>'s Top Five Celebrity Guests

Distortion 2 Static's Top Five Celebrity Guests

During its 10-year run, the Distortion 2 Static hip-hop TV show graduated from profiling local upcoming artists to chatting it up with rap superstars. Started by Prince Aries, Ariel Nuñez and DJ Haylow, the show signed off on its broadcast…
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Music, The Books show their archivist instincts

The Books show their archivist instincts

In 1998, the Books didn't exist yet. Holding their place was a tower of MiniDiscs hovering conspicuously in the corner of Paul de Jong's New York apartment. Nick Zammuto, a dinner guest new to the city, was distracted by the…
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Music, BeatBox Souls of Mischief: Show Preview

Souls of Mischief: Show Preview

It's been 17 years since Souls of Mischief's seminal Bay Area rap anthem "93 Til Infinity" (and debut album of the same name), and the Oakland-based group is still performing and recording. MCs A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai met in…
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Music, Souls of Mischief embrace the Prince Paul regime

Souls of Mischief embrace the Prince Paul regime

Oakland rap quartet Souls of Mischief is most fondly remembered for a 1993 hit. Prince Paul is a legendary oddball production Svengali from Long Island who also goes by the aliases Chest Rockwell and Filthy Pablo. The idea of holing…
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Music, All Shook Down Souls of Mischief Announce Montezuma's Revenge

Souls of Mischief Announce Montezuma's Revenge

Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief yesterday announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by the equally-legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), the album features 18 songs worth of…
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Music, All Shook Down Prince Paul Plays PST

Prince Paul Plays PST

Legendary producer Prince Paul (De La Soul/Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School/Stetsasonic) drops through 330 Ritch's "PST" tonight for a rare DJ set.In case you don't know, PP is the guy who basically invented the alt.rap genre with his wacky, bugged-out…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

In Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop, Wu-Tang Clan's Mathematics has assembled a revealing documentary from the point of view of the genre's architects. The DVD is an entertaining crash course in the nitty-gritty of hip hop's evolution beyond…
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Music, Reviewed <i>Automatic</i> Weapon

Automatic Weapon

Bay Area studio wizard Dan Nakamura (aka Dan The Automator) is best known for his whimsical work with two of hip hop's underrated geniuses: Prince Paul (as Handsome Boy Modeling School) and Kool Keith (on his Dr. Octagon project). 2K7…
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Music, Reviewed Handsome Boy Modeling School

Handsome Boy Modeling School

Brazenly creative yet wildly erratic, Handsome Boy Modeling School producers Prince Paul and San Francisco resident Dan the Automator have made a career out of stepping onto the slipperiest of musical branches. White People, the follow-up to 1999's So...How's Your…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Shuffling between Ms. Mosley's seventh-grade math class and the school cafeteria with "Potholes in My Lawn" blasting from my cassette Walkman, it would've been nearly impossible for me to imagine De La Soul MCs Posdnous, Trugoy, and Mase as hip…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Pioneering Los Angeles lyricist Aceyalone (celebrating the release of his new album, Love & Hate) and trailblazing New York producer Prince Paul (who also has a new one, Politics of the Business) have joined forces for the cleverly dubbed "Love…
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Music, Reviewed Prince Paul

Prince Paul

Prince Paul will always be best known as the genius producer behind De La Soul's seminal 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising. That album's inventiveness inadvertently established a blueprint for commercial hip hop that still exists today: using comedy…
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Music, Handsome Dan

Handsome Dan

Dan "The Automator" Nakamura laughs when he recalls how his DJ career ended before it really began. The memory's probably funnier now than it was then, especially since his latest album, So... How's Your Girl? -- a partnership with another…
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Gravediggaz The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel (Gee Street) The plan was simple: Ally two talented but unsigned hip-hop veterans (Poetic and Frukwan) with an underground renaissance man on the verge of stardom (the RZA, on holiday from Wu-Tang…
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