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Music, Reviewed Scarface

Scarface

"I write in tears and pray till it hurts," Scarface offers on the excellent "Who Do You Believe In" from the grim, mournful M.A.D.E., an album that's as much Old Testament as it is old-school. Paranoia is pervasive, vengeance is…
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Music, Seventies funk icon Darondo talks limos, ladies, and his Bay Area legacy

Seventies funk icon Darondo talks limos, ladies, and his Bay Area legacy

When crate-diggers unearthed the long-forgotten Bay Area '70s soul hit "Didn't I" by Darondo Pulliam in the early years of this decade, they stumbled onto one of the greatest musical treasures to ever come from that scene. By all accounts,…
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Music, Nothing in Common

Nothing in Common

In his continuing crusade against hip hop, FOX News polemicist Bill O'Reilly recently went on the attack against N.Y.C. rapper Nas. He tagged the Queensbridge MC a "gangster rapper," and claimed that by performing at a benefit for Virginia Tech…
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Music, For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

There's little doubt that the Rock the Bells festival, rolling through the Bay Area this Saturday, is the hottest hip-hop ticket for this summer's touring season. This year's edition of the annual rap circus collects more than 20 of the…
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Music, Brains, Brawn, and Balls

Brains, Brawn, and Balls

Immortal Technique The music of Immortal Technique serves as a solid rejoinder to those who think that rap's fire-and-brimstone radicalism is dead. The N.Y.C.-by-way-of-Peru MC's righteous indignation is driven by healthy political paranoia and topped with a dappling of gangsta…
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Music, His Writing Technique is Unstoppable

His Writing Technique is Unstoppable

Considering the all-too-humble sales of catalog hip-hop albums, it's surprising the number of books dedicated to the genre's history and pioneers. This dynamic is a testament to the obsessive nature of the small but vocal devotees of classic hip hop.…
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Music, The Call of Katrina

The Call of Katrina

Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall more than 21 months ago and decimated New Orleans, that city's music community has been almost solely focused on chronicling the psychological and physical fallout of the storm. Rapper Lil Wayne released his acerbic polemic…
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Music, The Future of Hyphy?

The Future of Hyphy?

Some say that this thing of ours, this hyphy music, is dead. The national hip-hop community never really accepted us, pop audiences never understood us, and politicians lambasted our influence (god forbid suburbanites ghostride their SUVs). Even within the Bay,…
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Music, BeatBox Modern R&B balladeer Ne-Yo slides into S.F.

Modern R&B balladeer Ne-Yo slides into S.F.

Decatur, Georgia's Whild Peach delivers nasty funk just the way George Clinton intended. Its groove is so irresistible that OutKast has considered the group its resident session act and touring band since 2000's Stankonia. Whild Peach lost its heart, though,…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

In this era of Internet omnipotence, where immortality means little and scarcity less, it's both comforting and quaint to imagine there's still great music hidden in dusty basements and lost in record store bins. The vinyl archaeologists at Luv N'…
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Music, BeatBox Serious hip-hop's for the birds: Pigeon John's goofy humor

Serious hip-hop's for the birds: Pigeon John's goofy humor

San Joaquin ValleyÐbased DJ WiiJ specializes in high-energy mash-ups of crazy hybrid styles. He even co-produced an album's worth of material merging Queen with 50 Cent's G-Unit. Instead of using a computer keyboard to mix tunes, though, WiiJ programmed two…
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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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