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Music, All Shook Down Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Moment of Truth: To Pimp A Butterfly Gets Inside Kendrick Lamar's Conscience

Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid M.A.A.D. City (GKMC) changed the course of my life. Straight up. I wouldn’t be writing these words had I not delved into the lyrics and stories on that album. I fell in love with hip-hop…
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Music, All Shook Down Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

"We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand… This jury didn’t listen to any music, which is rather surprising to me … The fact is that the harmonies are different, the chords are…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tupac's Last Words, a Triumphant Timberlake, and a Clueless Macklemore

This Week: Tupac's Last Words, a Triumphant Timberlake, and a Clueless Macklemore

"@macklemore, first you trick people into thinking you're a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you're Jewish?"Seth Rogen, along with many other people, found Macklemore's on-stage "disguise" this week pretty anti-Semitic. (Twitter)"A fake witches nose, wig, and beard…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

sizzle Surface Tension, a new party by the folks behind the popular Warm Leatherette nights, brought out the goth kids for a night of abrasive, hypnotic, techno-meets-early-industrial music courtesy of Sandra Electronics, a joint project from techno luminaries Regis and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pop Goes the Culture

Pop Goes the Culture

The buzz over the Tupac hologram may have abated, but the reign of the holograms hasn’t, especially at the annual two-day explosion of Japanese pop culture known as the J-Pop Summit Festival. This year’s theme is “Cyberpop Overload!,” and fittingly…
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Music, All Shook Down Huge Sculpture of Digital Underground's Humpty Hump Can Be Yours for Free

Huge Sculpture of Digital Underground's Humpty Hump Can Be Yours for Free

A man who calls himself Johnny Payphone is looking to bring a ginormous, functional sculpture shaped like Digital Underground frontman Humpty Hump into your home or storage facility for free. It's been abandoned in an Oakland storage facility for years,…
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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 • On what would have been Tupac Shakur's 41st birthday, the group that gave the late rap legend his start, Digital Underground, celebrated him in a live show at Yoshi's. Guests included George Clinton (who was virtually unrecognizable without…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/16/12: Digital Underground and Surprise Guests Celebrate Tupac at Yoshi's

Live Review, 6/16/12: Digital Underground and Surprise Guests Celebrate Tupac at Yoshi's

Digital Underground June 16, 2012 Yoshi's Better than: Watching reruns of Juice on TV. Oakland's own Digital Underground is the group that gave a young Tupac Shakur his first significant start in the music business. But if not for the…
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Music, Hear This Digital Underground: Show Preview

Digital Underground: Show Preview

Since the Oakland-bred rap group Digital Underground was the first to take a young Tupac Shakur on the road as a backup dancer and roadie, and produced his early hits "I Get Around" and "So Many Tears," every live show…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrate Tupac's Birthday This Week With Digital Underground, Spice 1, Other Collaborators

Celebrate Tupac's Birthday This Week With Digital Underground, Spice 1, Other Collaborators

Tupac Shakur would have turned 41 this June 16, and the occasion will be commemorated with two birthday celebrations in San Francisco featuring a number of his former colleagues and friends. Shakur was part of L.A.'s Death Row Records when…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Reasons P. Diddy Is Hilarious Now

Top Five Reasons P. Diddy Is Hilarious Now

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone our colleagues at L.A. Weekly reported that an ex-LAPD detective has implicated Sean Combs in Tupac's murder. Greg Kading apparently asserts in a new book that Suge Knight and Puffy ordered the murders of Biggie Smalls and…
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Music, All Shook Down Mark Wahlberg Compares Justin Bieber to Tupac: World Cries

Mark Wahlberg Compares Justin Bieber to Tupac: World Cries

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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, Michael Jackson, Zombie

Michael Jackson, Zombie

Money and death were on Thomas Edison's mind in April 1878. Money, as usual, because Edison was the Gilded Age's favorite boffin. And death, because he had just invented the phonograph. That spring, he explained his new gadget to the…
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Music, Hear This J. Valentine

J. Valentine

J. Valentine is the closest San Francisco comes to a homegrown R&B superstar. The singer and songwriter has penned material for Tyrese, N*SYNC, and Mario, and appeared on two of Tupac's posthumous releases. The mix of tenderness and edge he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be His Valentine

Be His Valentine

J. Valentine is the closest San Francisco comes to a homegrown R&B superstar. The singer and songwriter has penned material for Tyrese, *NSYNC, and Mario, and appeared on two of Tupac’s posthumous releases. The mix of tenderness and edge he…
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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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Music, All Shook Down Tupac's Birthday Today

Tupac's Birthday Today

Everyone's favorite thug angel, Tupac Amaru Shakur, would have been 38 today. Born in 1971 to a Black Panther mother, 'Pac came to symbolize the voice of his generation like no one except maybe Jim Morrison, another societal rebel…
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Music, All Shook Down Tupac's Mama Sues Hollywood Production Company

Tupac's Mama Sues Hollywood Production Company

Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter announced the latest development in the ongoing fight over the rights to a major motion picture biography of the late Tupac Shakur: Amaru Entertainment and Shakur's mom Afeni Shakur are suing Morgan Hill entertainment for what…
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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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