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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

"Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try... It's really been a liberating and freeing time... I made the decision to spend time on…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

So, 2 Chainz and Kanye West just saw fit to join forces to write a birthday song. Called "Birthday Song." What the ball-sack were they even thinking?It's a well known fact that there are only three birthday-related songs in the history…
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Dining, SFoodie

The Cheesiest Food Songs of 2010

These eight songs aspired to be hot enough to melt our popsicle, but all they did was make us taste cheddar. Behold, our countdown of the cheesiest food-themed songs of 2010: 8. "Ms. Chocolate" by Lil Jon featuring R. Kelly…
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Music, All Shook Down

Lil Jon Articulates the Virtues of Modern American Literature

Psych!There is nothing especially timely about the above, but it will make your day a little better. Or at least a little more surreal, which, in this specific case, equates to better.After the jump, an old favorite brought to you…
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Music, Reviewed Too $hort

Too $hort

Get Off the Stage marks Too $hort's seventeenth album — not counting compilations and reissues — but it's also the end of an era. It's his last for Jive, the label he's been associated with since 1988. "I'm a legend…
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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, Reviewed


Somewhat underappreciated in the rise of the hyphy movement has been the contributions of local producers to the sound; when Lil Jon helmed E-40's "Tell Me When to Go," many Baydestrians felt the King of Crunk stole a stylistic page…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Despite the "for promotional use only" stickers marking their packaging, there's a whole cottage industry of Web sites, retail outlets, and manufacturers supported by the cash hip-hop mixtapes generate. So far no other genre has bothered to tap this precious…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature My Name Is Earl

My Name Is Earl

Earl Stevens II is E-40, except when he's not. Sometimes they call him Dr. Scrill or E-Feezy or Forty Water. Pimpy E was his first alias, the one he took in seventh grade. There is also E-40 Fonzarelli (later upgraded…
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Music, Reviewed Ying Yang Twins

Ying Yang Twins

Like their collaborator Lil' Jon, Atlanta's Ying Yang Twins (the team of Kaine and D-Roc) burst onto the mainstream as the ambassadors of brash, bass-heavy urban club anthems, i.e., crunk. U.S.A. is expected to surpass the platinum achievement of its…
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Music, Bouncer

Da Da

According to Urbandictionary. com, here is the definition for "crunk": "The word in Yiddish means 'sick,' and was brought into the Southern Black vernacular through the presence of European Jewish immigrant shopkeepers in black neighborhoods in cities such as Atlanta."…
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Music, Reviewed Aceyalone


Clearly engulfed in an era of the producer (see Kanye West, David Banner, Lil' Jon, Madlib, etc.), hip hop fans have all but forgotten what for so long dominated their hearts and minds: the inner-city griot, the visionary, the microphone…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

A few months back, we got excited when we heard that TVT Records, giddy over its success in 2003 with Atlanta artists Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz and Ying Yang Twins, was preparing a "crunk" Christmas album. Such a…
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