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Music, All Shook Down From '93 Til: Looking Back at JT the Bigga Figga and the Get Low Playaz

From '93 Til: Looking Back at JT the Bigga Figga and the Get Low Playaz

Much as we like authoritative titles and watershed moments, there are few undisputed positions in hip-hop. But it's been exactly 20 years since 1993, and what a great year for hip-hop 1993 was. You might say it was the best…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Songs About Baseball to Make You Joyful Before the Playoffs

Five Songs About Baseball to Make You Joyful Before the Playoffs

Alright, Bay Area baseball fanatics -- this is your moment. Because yes, the Oakland A's have made it to the playoffs for the first time in six years. And yes, AT&T Park is hosting playoff games for the Giants on…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: New Local Rap Videos From Kool John, Erk Tha Jerk, Lil B and More

Watch: New Local Rap Videos From Kool John, Erk Tha Jerk, Lil B and More

It's been a lively few weeks in the world of local rap videos, and it seems by and large like people are stepping up their visual game with better cinematography and storylines. Here are some of our recent favorites: Kool…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • "Weird Al" Yankovic brought three decades' worth of musical parodies to the Fox Theater, skewering pop artists' air-headed detachment and scoring a victory for nerds in the process. Switching costumes more often than Lady Gaga, Yankovic played Kurt…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Rapper San Quinn Reviews His Own Discography

SF Rapper San Quinn Reviews His Own Discography

San Quinn is a certified Bay Area rap veteran. Since dropping his debut, Don't Cross Me, back in 1993, he's gone on to amass a 15-album discography, with his latest project, Can't Take The Ghetto Out A Ni**a, released…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F. Rappers San Quinn, DaVinci, and Jay Ant Are Playing a Free Show Tomorrow to Keep You Students in School

S.F. Rappers San Quinn, DaVinci, and Jay Ant Are Playing a Free Show Tomorrow to Keep You Students in School

Students, the rappers of our fair city want you to remain in school. Truly. They want it so bad that tomorrow, three of them -- DaVinci, San Quinn, and Jay Ant -- are playing a free show at S.F.…
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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, All Shook Down Video for S.F. Giants Ode 'Black & Orange' Brings Out City Rappers En Masse

Video for S.F. Giants Ode 'Black & Orange' Brings Out City Rappers En Masse

If Journey's not your thing -- or if you've just heard Askon Davaran's now-ubiquitous "Don't Stop Believing" anthem for the S.F. Giants enough times -- a pack of SFC rappers including San Quinn, Big Rich, Cellski, DaVinci, and Roach Gigz have…
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Music, Fillmore Rapper DaVinci's thoughtful 'hood parables

Fillmore Rapper DaVinci's thoughtful 'hood parables

The song "What You Finna Do?," released earlier this month by Fillmore District rapper DaVinci, opens with a vocal sample from the 2001 PBS documentary The Fillmore. It condenses the gentrification process the area underwent from the 1960s into one…
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Music, All Shook Down San Quinn, Ranking Scroo Tonight

San Quinn, Ranking Scroo Tonight

Yo, East Bay hip-hop and reggae people! Can't come to SF because of the Bay Bridge closure? Don't sweat it. Tonight, San Francisco comes to Berkeley. More precisely, All-City rapper San Quinn (GLP, 41Feva) headlines the Shattuck Down Low…
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Music, All Shook Down Stash Magazine and FTC Present Free Show This Saturday

Stash Magazine and FTC Present Free Show This Saturday

Hip-hop and skateboarding, that's what summer fun is made of. This Saturday, Stash magazine and FTC team up to bring you a free show at Potrero Del Sol Skatepark. The lineup should curl your toes: San Quinn, Pep Love,…
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Music, All Shook Down You and Me and Turf Unity

You and Me and Turf Unity

I love the concept of turf unity: creating peace on the streets and silencing the violence one block at a time, while using hip-hop as a medium of communication, expression, and ultimately, transcendence. The reality is that the problems…
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Music, Reviewed San Quinn

San Quinn

Thirty-year-old San Francisco native San Quinn (Quincy Brooks IV) has been releasing independent rap records for exactly half of his life, rhyming mainly about his Fillmore District turf. His seventh solo album, From a Boy to a Man, is his…
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Music, All Shook Down San Quinn Crowns Barry Bonds “Home Run King” in New Tribute Anthem

San Quinn Crowns Barry Bonds “Home Run King” in New Tribute Anthem

Just five home runs separate Barry Bonds from controversially wresting those top honors from Hank Aaron, but San Francisco rapper San Quinn has already crowned Bonds the “Home Run King” in his new tribute anthem “Knock It Out.” Set…
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Music, Reviewed Patriarch

Patriarch

Anger, frustration, and an almost desperate pride infuse this debut disc from Bay Area-raised rapper Patriarch. Born into a Palestinian and North African family, his music nonetheless comes straight from the hard East Bay streets where he grew up listening…
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Music, BeatBox Bay Area hip hop stands proud with San Quinn

Bay Area hip hop stands proud with San Quinn

Those seeking to sum up the curious sonics elicited by German Jan Jelinek need only look to the title of his breakthrough album, 2001's Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records. While still grounded in the austere glitches and crackles of contemporaries like Pole, Thomas Brinkmann,…
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Music, Reviewed San Quinn

San Quinn

Along with frequent collaborator JT the Bigga Figga, San Quinn has been one of the top rappers in San Francisco since the mid-'90s. He's released close to a dozen albums, but with national eyes fixed more closely on Bay Area…
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It's All in the Game

Walking through the Fillmore, it's hard to envision the grand neighborhood that it once was. In the '40s and '50s, the bustling streets were dotted with thriving black-owned businesses, and living legends like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong performed in…
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