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Music, All Shook Down Song of the Day: "Big Chang Chang" by Nef The Pharaoh

Song of the Day: "Big Chang Chang" by Nef The Pharaoh

  For reasons I still can't figure out, I woke up this morning with the lead single from Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh's latest EP stuck in my head. "Big Chang Chang," as the song is called, is easily one…
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Music, All Shook Down An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

Listening to Vallejo producer SELA is akin to wandering through a bleary, dew-laden field at dawn, accidentally falling down a rabbit hole, and then getting sucked up by a rainbow tornado before drifting slowly back down to earth and laying…
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News, The Snitch Vallejo: Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot By His Grandson's Father

Vallejo: Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot By His Grandson's Father

An off-duty Richmond police officer was shot and killed in his Vallejo home by the father of his 6-year-old grandson, who is now in custody, according to reports. Gus Vegas, 58, was asleep in his home in Vallejo's Glen Cove…
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Music, All Shook Down E-40's Latest EP, <i>Poverty And Prosperity,</i> Ranked From Best to Worst Song

E-40's Latest EP, Poverty And Prosperity, Ranked From Best to Worst Song

If you checked Twitter last Friday morning, you might have noticed that E-40 dropped a new EP. (Seriously, the Twitterverse was going insane over this new drop from Big Earl.) Somehow, whilst making appearances on other artists' albums (like…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Untitled: 627 Vallejo St.

Untitled: 627 Vallejo St.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, a 53-year-old man who goes by the name of "Elvis Christ" stood at the southwest corner of Vallejo and Columbus in North Beach. He had masking tape in one hand and colorful markers in the…
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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 Vallejo rap godfather E-40 has launched a wine business. Introducing Earl Steven Selections, a line of three fermented grape juices bearing the name of Uncle Earl himself. The Mangoscato sounds pretty tasty, but the regular Moscato, with its "cacophony…
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News, The Snitch Vallejo Police Killed Man With Excessive Tasing, Lawsuit Claims

Vallejo Police Killed Man With Excessive Tasing, Lawsuit Claims

On June 15, 2010, Michael White, a 47-year-old Vallejo man, died after police officers tased him while attempting to arrest him inside his home.Vallejo police reported that cocaine was found in White's blood. His death, the department told the press,…
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Music, Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Before his death eight years ago, Bay Area hip-hop legend Mac Dre frequently used the term "thizz" to describe the feeling of being high on ecstasy. Dre, born Andre Louis Hicks, would drop the word in his breezy, synth-filled songs,…
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News, The Snitch Mac Dre's Old Record Label Affiliates Arrested in Drug Bust After Federal Thizzvestigation

Mac Dre's Old Record Label Affiliates Arrested in Drug Bust After Federal Thizzvestigation

As the late Mac Dre explained, Thizz Face is "a look on your face like you smelled some piss."This expression is similar to "a look on your face when you are arrested as part of a nationwide DEA drug-trafficking sweep."So…
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News, The Snitch Ammiano Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses and Sales That Are Already Legal

Ammiano Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses and Sales That Are Already Legal

Call it an industry, call it a movement, call it a gigantic scam. Law enforcement and politicians can't agree what to call California's medical marijuana scene, except to say it exists in a legal gray area.And how. A dispensary operator…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Johnny Otis, R&B Pioneer

R.I.P. Johnny Otis, R&B Pioneer

Johnny Otis, the Vallejo-born musician who helped coalesce jazz, blues, and gospel into rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, died Tuesday at his home in Altadena, California. He was 90. Best known for classics like "Hand Jive" -- an…
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News, The Snitch U.S.S. <i>Iowa</i> Sails Out of Bay on "Last Mission" (Photos)

U.S.S. Iowa Sails Out of Bay on "Last Mission" (Photos)

If only someone would tow this thing to Des Moines​By Jan. 18, Vallejo must submit a plan for slithering out of bankruptcy. Former banker Merylin Wong, the head of a maritime enthusiast's group there, has a plan for keeping the…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Moe Green Reps Vallejo in New Video for "707"

Watch: Moe Green Reps Vallejo in New Video for "707"

Yeah, Moe Green has a new EP, Lionheart, dropping this weekend. But that isn't stopping him from dropping other stuff -- including videos for songs that aren't even on the new record. Witness, then, this clip for "707": It…
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News, The Snitch U.S.S. Iowa's Final Battle Pits Vallejo vs. L.A.

U.S.S. Iowa's Final Battle Pits Vallejo vs. L.A.

If only someone would tow this thing to Des Moines​By Jan. 18, Vallejo must submit a plan for slithering out of bankruptcy. Former banker Merylin Wong, the head of a maritime enthusiast's group there, has a plan for keeping the…
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Music, Vallejo rapper Moe Green wants fame too badly to sleep

Vallejo rapper Moe Green wants fame too badly to sleep

In high school, Gregory Carter called himself Moe Green, the Money-Makin' Machine ("Ching ching!"). Now, a little more "real" with himself at 22, he's Moe Green, the Dreamer — an everyday joe from Vallejo. The up-and-coming rapper doesn't roll with…
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News, The Snitch City, County Officials Whisper 'Bankruptcy' to Solve Pension Woes

City, County Officials Whisper 'Bankruptcy' to Solve Pension Woes

McClatchy Newspapers Pension Investigation: More Local Government Accounts Looking As Red As Bankrupt Vallejo's; California's 80 Largest City and County Governments Face $28 Billion Shortfall.SF Weekly Follow: Failure is no obstacle to the pension good life: CalPers records show $197,421 yearly…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Caffe Amici: 36 Fifth St. (at Market), 391-3241, www.caffeamiciespresso.com. SOMA. Coffee and pastries. Carte415: 101 Second St. (at Mission, in the atrium lobby), 567-0415, www.carte415.com. SOMA.…
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News, The Snitch Arrrrgh, Matey! Thar Be Photos of NorCal Pirate Fest Ahoy!

Arrrrgh, Matey! Thar Be Photos of NorCal Pirate Fest Ahoy!

Arrrgh, me mateys! Rum, sodomy, and the lash! Insert some other pirate cliche here (pieces of eight, keel-haul, MENDOOOOOOO-ZER!). This weekend marked the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo -- a fitting locale; the city has faced its share of…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

A weekly listing of new restaurants around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. Cafe Mystique: 464 Castro (at 17th St.), www.cafemystiquesf.com. Castro. North African. Candy Darling: 796 Sutter (at Jones), 346-1500. Tenderloin. Handmade candy and chocolate. Frapez: 4092 18th…
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Dining, Recent Openings

New Restaurants

Baby Blues BBQ: 3149 Mission (at Precita), 896-4250, www.babybluessf.com. Bernal Heights. Barbecue. Cafe Mystique: 464 Castro (at 17th St.), www.cafemystiquesf.com. Castro. North African. Candy Darling: 796 Sutter (at Jones), 346-1500. Tenderloin. Handmade candy and chocolate. Dosa on Fillmore: 1700 Fillmore…
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