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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Chali 2na, Gift of Gab, & Mr. Lif at the Independent

Last Night: Chali 2na, Gift of Gab, & Mr. Lif at the Independent

Chali 2na, Gift of Gab, & Mr. Lif, hosted by Lyrics Born November 7, 2009 The Independent Better Than: This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Indie hip-hop icons still pack them in up in the Bay Area. On Saturday night, the…
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Music, Reviewed Kirby Dominant

Kirby Dominant

Local rapper Kirby Dominant celebrates his 10th anniversary of releasing records with the new EP Prostitute. The disc showcases Kirby's "New Wave Thug" approach to hip-hop, which mixes synth-heavy grooves and '80s pop sensibilities with lyrics that get serious about…
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Music, Azeem: Cartoon networker

Azeem: Cartoon networker

Azeem never wants to be considered a "local" MC. For one, the label is technically false: He comes to Oakland by way of New Jersey and Miami, and maintains strong ties to his family's Jamaican roots. For another, he has…
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Music, Hear This Fresh Rhymes Dope Tour

Fresh Rhymes Dope Tour

While the "Fresh Rhymes and Videotape" tour doesn't sport the glitz of other high-profile summer extravaganzas, it has dope hip-hop in abundance. Dilated Peoples are a good four albums into their meat 'n' potatoes approach of solid rhymes backed by…
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Music, Rapper Dizzee Rascal Hopes Third Time Is the American Charm

Rapper Dizzee Rascal Hopes Third Time Is the American Charm

As huge as hip-hop has gotten in the U.S., mainstream America has yet to really embrace artists from overseas. Case in point: Dizzee Rascal, a savage MC from East London who is still mostly unknown here, despite years of generating…
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Music, The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

The Grouch Personifies the Hip-Hop Hustle

There are no free rides for hip-hop heroes who achieve worldwide acclaim. The Grouch, founding member of the internationally known Living Legends crew, can attest that even when you sell records, pack your shows, and maintain control of your music,…
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Music, GZA: Going Back in Wu-Tang Time

GZA: Going Back in Wu-Tang Time

A little over a decade ago, the Wu-Tang Clan seemed unstoppable. The nine-member crew took hip-hop by storm, creating a dirty Staten Island sound that captivated millions of listeners. During the group's peak, six Wu-Tang–affiliated albums went either gold or…
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Music, Reviewed Jennifer Johns

Jennifer Johns

Oakland-born singer Jennifer Johns has a penchant for funneling myriad influences into her music. Her sophomore album, Painting on Wax, is an ambitious stab at soul, hip-hop, dancehall, calypso, and industrial, among other styles. Johns is an excellent vocalist, and…
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Music, Reviewed T.I.

T.I.

T.I. was one of 2006's few success stories. His fourth album, King, went platinum, and it was considered the hip-hop hit of last year. So the rapper decided to strike while the iron was hot, and recently released T.I. vs.…
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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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