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DJ Premier's Moving Statement on Guru's Death, Letter

In the wake of hip-hop icon Guru's death earlier this week, supporters have come out in full force, paying tribute to the legacy the rapper has left behind. We've seen Twitter shout outs, listened to Gang Starr singles on the…
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R.I.P. Gang Starr's Guru

Legendary hip-hop emcee Guru passed away on April 19 at age 43 after a reportedly long battle with cancer that forced him to be hospitalized earlier this year. The news was posted to, a fan site dedicated to Guru's…
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Music, BeatBox The Boozoo Boogie

The Boozoo Boogie

A decade of singles, albums, and remixes from German duo Boozoo Bajou bears out an educated and passionate intake of dub, soul, hip-hop, downtempo, and various other forms of boogie. This diversity really goes on display when Boozoo Bajou DJ…
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Music, BeatBox All Fists and Kisses

All Fists and Kisses

A name like All Teeth and Knuckles — and its aggressive acronym, ATAK — conjures true bloodiness. But, while this S.F. electro hip-hop duo's beats are loud, its lyrical content is anything but violent. On "My 411 Track," producer Gio…
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Even with groups like Federation and the Frontline garnering international attention for a new generation of Bay Area hip hop, it's still a hard sell for rap artists from here to get national airplay on the radio and video networks…
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Calendar, Night&Day KAH Boom

KAH Boom

Too often, debates about what is or isn't hip hop serve little purpose beyond boxing in artists and polarizing listeners, most of whom are fine leaving the labels to PR firms and (ahem) critics. That said, Los Angeles' daKAH Hip…
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Dar Williams, Ron Sexsmith Palace of Fine Arts Saturday, April 18 In a recent online poll of folk music fans' favorite record of all time, Joni Mitchell's Blue came in second. It was tied with Dar Williams' sophomore album, 1996's…
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