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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

Given the unrest in Baltimore this week — and out of solidarity with those that feel the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, from injuries received while in police custody, was unjust (to say the very least) — our weekly quotes…
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Music, All Shook Down After 19 Years of "93 Til Infinity" Remakes, Only Freddie Gibbs Has Done It Justice

After 19 Years of "93 Til Infinity" Remakes, Only Freddie Gibbs Has Done It Justice

"Dial the seven digits. Call up Bridget/ Her man's a midget. Plus she got friends, yo, I can dig it..." It was 19 years ago when Tajai, Opio, Phesto, and A-Plus first upped us on how they just chill, roaming…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Rapper DaVinci Lists His Five Favorite Fillmore District Memories

SF Rapper DaVinci Lists His Five Favorite Fillmore District Memories

DaVinci represents the Fillmore passionately. The rapper claims roots in the area going back to his grandmother's time, and has traced the changes in the blocks he grew up on through songs like "What You Finna Do." So before…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Cap'n Jazz Reunion, Jewish Black Music, and the Significance of Freddie Gibbs

In Print: Cap'n Jazz Reunion, Jewish Black Music, and the Significance of Freddie Gibbs

Does anyone else feel like 2010 has been particularly flush with big-name indie-rock bands getting back together? Pavement and Guided By Voices aside, another seminal outfit reassembling for a tour this year is Cap'n Jazz, a midwestern group that helped establish…
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Music, All Shook Down Fillmore MC DaVinci on the Mixed Bag of Gentrification, and Why His Music Isn't Throwback Rap

Fillmore MC DaVinci on the Mixed Bag of Gentrification, and Why His Music Isn't Throwback Rap

Easily the most surprising and refreshing hip-hop record to come out of the Bay Area this year is the first album from DaVinci, The Day the Turf Stood Still. Not only did that record revitalize this writer's faith in local hip-hop,…
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Music, Freddie Gibbs shows gangsta rap's limitations

Freddie Gibbs shows gangsta rap's limitations

Freddie Gibbs may have flat-lined gangsta rap. As one of the most hyped up-and-comers, the Indiana native has amassed a publicity portfolio that includes magazine covers, plaudits from The New Yorker, substantial blog buzz, and a spot headlining the Pitchfork…
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Music, All Shook Down Rap Albums You Probably Don't Know But Should, Part I

Rap Albums You Probably Don't Know But Should, Part I

​Since many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. The…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: Freeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye

Over the Weekend: Freeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye

​Freeway and Jake One, DaVinci, Freddie Gibbs, J-Billion, and Jern Eye Friday, April 2, 2010 Mezzanine Better than: most overstuffed hip-hop bills. It was opening weekend, and Top Billin' put together a searing line-up at the Mezzanine that pitted Bay…
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