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Music, Keeping It Eel

Keeping It Eel

"I don't think you have to be having sex to be able to listen to the album," insists Brolin Winning, aka Unagi, describing his eponymous debut LP of sultry instrumental hip hop in his Mission District bachelor crib. "Like, you…
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Music, Reviewed The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

About the only thing royal about rapper the Last Emperor is the pain in his ass he's sustained getting his career under way. Since his appearance with KRS-One on 1998's Lyricist Lounge compilation, the intelligent thug with a college degree…
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Music, Reviewed Juggaknots

Juggaknots

The Juggaknots' Re:release originally surfaced as a vinyl-only EP (called Clear Blue Skies) way back in 1995. The initial effort went unnoticed, so the group's three Bronx siblings -- Breezly Bruin, Buddy Slim, and the peripheral Queen Heroine -- fluffed…
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Music, Reviewed The Majesticons

The Majesticons

The gap between creativity and accessibility is rarely as wide as in Mike Ladd's "Infesticons vs. Majesticons" series. In fact, the two are literally at war. Three years ago, the Bronx-based producer and rapper's Gun Hill Road set tensions between…
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Music, Saint in the City

Saint in the City

Rapper/poet Pitch Black seems to be living two incarnations simultaneously. In one, he's a scraggly 26-year-old b-boy, a product of the streets who lives and breathes hip hop. He wears baggy sweat pants, speaks in slang, and works a Krylon…
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Music, Reviewed Peven Everett

Peven Everett

Of the recent deluge of neo-soul artists, few are truly new-sounding, but a handful, thankfully, bring the soul. Peven Everett is the latest hotshot, joining hip hop fusionist Goapele and Stevie Wonder impersonator Donnie in classing up America's bedrooms. A…
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Music, Reviewed Little Brother

Little Brother

In the early '90s, the rising cost of funk and soul samples chased producers right into the arms of digital instrumentation. Thus the "golden age" of Pete Rock's and DJ Premier's horn-laden sample tapestries ultimately yielded to the Neptunes' vacuum-sealed…
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Music, Expensive Tastes

Expensive Tastes

Much to their alarm, the members of Zion I are watching their triumphant set shrink to the size of a footnote. An hour ago, producer Amp Live and MC Zion had completed the monumental task of winning over a roomful…
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Music, Reviewed Sean Paul

Sean Paul

Sean Paul's success in commercial hip hop markets doesn't make him a sellout -- yet. His ubiquitous ganja-burner anthem, "Gimme the Light," is genuine dancehall reggae, even if backed by Atlantic's major label clout. And as with his 2000 debut,…
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Music, Reviewed The Roots

The Roots

After paying dues with two fine albums of homemade rap-jazz jams, the Roots took hold with 1996's gritty Illadelphia Halflife and that album's subsequent tour. With the success of 1999's Things Fall Apart (which featured the mesmerizing "You Got Me"…
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Music, Reviewed GZA

GZA

Once upon a time way back in the early '90s, a clan called Wu-Tang formed, with GZA "at the head." Two years after its seminal 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang, the Clan issued its twin classics: Method Man's Tical and…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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