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Music, All Shook Down

The Top Five Utterly Embarrassing White Girl Rap Songs

Kreashawyn's "Gucci Gucci" is blowing up. The video to the song from the Bay Area-raised female rapper, which features cameos from members of Odd Future, is on track to top over a million YouTube views since its release last week.…
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Music, BeatBox Jack Beats

Jack Beats

Once upon a time, eclectic and hard-edged DJs were relegated to side rooms at dance venues while main stages were dominated by monotonous trance and crappy house music. Current headlining acts like U.K. duo Jack Beats represent a revenge of…
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Music, Reviewed Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign

White grime rapper Lady Sovereign was the British Asher Roth of 2006, the subject of a tremendous marketing blitz preceding the U.S. release of her debut, Public Warning. As with Roth, there was some question whether the public was ready…
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Calendar, Night&Day Riding the SART Train

Riding the SART Train

Local comedy troupe the Freeze throws a bass, a drum kit, and five MCs on the stage to play a musical round of “Can you use that in a sentence?” It’s not a spelling bee, though: It’s a comedy production…
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News, Sucka Free City Stunt Brides: SF Ad Exec Zach Slow’s $50K Online Marriage Contest

Stunt Brides: SF Ad Exec Zach Slow’s $50K Online Marriage Contest

Last year, San Francisco advertising exec Zach Slow raised $10,000 on the Internet to take snarky British hip-hop artist Lady Sovereign on a dream date. A media blitz ensued, and Slow told us he was less interested in romance than…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Cultural caches:Battling wits with Lady Sov's "nemesis"

Cultural caches:Battling wits with Lady Sov's "nemesis"

Over rice and meat cubes at an Upper Haight skewer joint, Zach Slow revisits the story he's now told to the BBC, MTV, Yahoo, Current TV, the Chronicle, and numerous other publications over the last eight months. It's the one…
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Music, Live Wires

Live Wires

Before we toss our 2006 calendars, it's time for a little eggnog-induced reflection on what went down on stage — or on the tour bus between gigs, as it were. Lady Sov's Public Meltdown With a mountain of hype making…
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Music, Boss S-O-V

Boss S-O-V

Lady Sovereign is a one-woman British Invasion. In the past two years, the 5-foot-1 English rapper has gone from an anonymous MC posting clips on MySpace to the it girl of the nascent grime movement, to a budding superstar in…
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Music, BeatBox UK hip hop passes the mic

UK hip hop passes the mic

The War of 1812 obviously settled nothing, judging by the intrusion of the Brits upon America's hallowed grounds of hip hop. The thing is, something special is simmering in rap music across the pond: the garage- and dance hall-influenced beats,…
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Music, Hip Hop's International Overflow

Hip Hop's International Overflow

In case you missed it, hip hop has gone global. One of America's truly homegrown musical genres and social barometers has definitely left the building, as rap has been appropriated and infused with a new vivacity by emcees and producers…
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Music, Reviewed Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign

After decades of suffering glittery novelties like Icy Blu, Blondie, and, most recently, the puerile Princess Superstar, rap has finally been gifted its first great artisan of the white female voice. And surely it's the voice that makes Lady Sovereign…
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