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Music, All Shook Down Tony! Toni! Tone! Promises to Bring Some "Real Authentic Oakland Shit" to Yoshi's

Tony! Toni! Tone! Promises to Bring Some "Real Authentic Oakland Shit" to Yoshi's

Oakland trio Tony! Toni! Tone! got its start during after-school jam sessions and their first song was recorded at a friend’s kitchen table. Few would have thought that a group of Castlemont High School students from East Oakland would…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Unless you're in the midst of a social media blackout, you will have no doubt heard the heart-wrenching tale of Cecil, the beloved 13-year-old lion who was lured away from the safety of Zimbabwe's protected Hwange National Park, murdered,…
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Music, All Shook Down Patriotic In Their Own Ways: Songs By Bay Area Veterans

Patriotic In Their Own Ways: Songs By Bay Area Veterans

Do a search for "Veteran's Day playlist" and you're sure to find lots of Toby Keith, some Billy Ray Cyrus, a little Loretta Lynn if you're lucky, and at least four or five different versions of "God Bless the U.S.A."…
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News, Feature Desperately Seeking Hammer

Desperately Seeking Hammer

The first time I ever came to California, I landed in San Francisco. I was 19; I was traveling with my best friend, Millie, to visit our mutual pen-pal/zine friend (remember zines?) Heather, and to see a band called The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ad Hock

Ad Hock

You may not have heard of Portal A, a video production company formed by three East Bay twentysomethings, but odds are you’ve seen one of the company’s viral videos, particularly if you follow politics or sports. During Mayor Ed Lee’s…
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Music, All Shook Down What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Albums of the Last 25 Years?

What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Albums of the Last 25 Years?

The Bay Area isn't home to the biggest-selling artists in the country, but it still has a fair share of musicians who've earned a place in the Recording Industry Association of America's multiplatinum club for selling two million or more…
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Music, All Shook Down What's Worse Than PSY? PSY and MC Hammer Together

What's Worse Than PSY? PSY and MC Hammer Together

If you, like us, have been desperately trying to ignore the tedious novelty bullshit that is PSY's "Gangnam Style" since it emerged back in September, then you can probably sympathize with the sheer horror we experienced last Sunday while watching…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 10 Hella Tight Bay Area Rap T-Shirts

Top 10 Hella Tight Bay Area Rap T-Shirts

Here in the Yay Area, we like to wear our affection for local rap on our sleeves. Our favorite hip-hop T-shirts are largely silly novelties that make us smile, with a sprinkling of iconic imagery that has lasted in some…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Things Oakland Spokesman MC Hammer Could Do To Improve His Hometown

Top Five Things Oakland Spokesman MC Hammer Could Do To Improve His Hometown

Oakland, meet your new tourism ambassador: MC Hammer, famous rapper, man of Christ, former A's exec, and purveyor of some very goofy pantaloons. The man born Stanley Burrell was born and raised in East Oakland, so it's only natural that…
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Music, Hear This Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: Show Preview

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: Show Preview

One of the most enduring local holiday traditions is the annual show presented by Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir at Slim's, a San Francisco club that has seen its fair share of the blasphemous and irreverent. Under the artistic direction of…
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News, The Snitch List: Now That Ed Lee Is <i>Really</i> Mayor, What Will He Do?

List: Now That Ed Lee Is Really Mayor, What Will He Do?

Now that he's no longer a "caretaker" mayor, what is Ed Lee's agenda?         *  Promise the Board of Supervisors that he won't seek re-election      *  Have Willie Brown's coffee ready at 8 a.m. sharp      *  Be Chinese…
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Music, All Shook Down MC Hammer Lines Up for Ed Lee in Ridiculous Music Video Featuring Ashkon, Will.i.am, Brian Wilson, and Willie Brown

MC Hammer Lines Up for Ed Lee in Ridiculous Music Video Featuring Ashkon, Will.i.am, Brian Wilson, and Willie Brown

Well, "Too legit to quit" was a perfect out-of-the-box slogan for mayoral candidate Ed Lee, and apparently Bay Area rapper MC Hammer was happy to lend it to him. Hammer himself appears in this ridiculously cheesy campaign video, which…
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Music, All Shook Down Too Legit to Google: MC Hammer Is Starting a Search Engine

Too Legit to Google: MC Hammer Is Starting a Search Engine

In perhaps the greatest gift to headline writers unleashed on the blogosphere this minute, Bay Area hip-hop figurehead, ordained Christian minister, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass regular MC Hammer announced some curious news in S.F. this week: He's starting his own…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: MC Hammer, En Vogue, and Other East Bay Artists Reminisce at KBLX Stone Soul II

Saturday: MC Hammer, En Vogue, and Other East Bay Artists Reminisce at KBLX Stone Soul II

KBLX Stone Soul II Oct. 1, 2011 Sleep Train Pavilion Better than: Listening to KBLX for nine hours MC Hammer, the Oakland bred '90s pop star and early Twitter adopter, took to tweeting on Saturday night after his performance…
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Music, All Shook Down J Hova's Wackness: Five Unsportsmanlike Jay-Z Dis Songs

J Hova's Wackness: Five Unsportsmanlike Jay-Z Dis Songs

In positioning himself as the world's foremost financial investor who also sometimes still deigns to rap, it's understandable that Jay-Z has inspired a certain amount of jealousy along the way to the top. This week, a new book, Empire State…
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Music, All Shook Down Please Don't Hurt 'Em: Hammer Beefs With Jay-Z

Please Don't Hurt 'Em: Hammer Beefs With Jay-Z

Now that we've made short work of Texas, it's apparently time to revive that age-old rap rivalry between the East and the West. So who's bringing the vitriol for the Left Coast? The Game? Ice Cube? Lil B? 2Pac's…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

Five Bay Area Hip-Hop Stars Who Should Be Really Stinkin' Rich

On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent…
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Music, Hammer, from the waist down

Hammer, from the waist down

At 3:25 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, a defense of hip-hop's tight-jeans fashion fad popped up on Twitter. "New rule: Fat, out of shape (double-belly) dudes can't talk bad about skinny jeans. LOL. It ain't right y'all!" In the annals…
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Culture, Bookcap

August Book Events: Joyce Maynard, Goth Hop, Hillwide Garage Sale, Melanie Gideon, Josh Healey

Thursday, August 6 Best-selling local author Joyce Maynard's new novel, Labor Day (HarperCollins, $25), tracks six transformative days in one rural teenager's life. As the summer of 1987 winds down in a small New Hampshire town, a lonely 13-year-old and…
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Music, All Shook Down MC Hammer Proves He Really is Too Legit to Quit, Launches Interactive Dance Site

MC Hammer Proves He Really is Too Legit to Quit, Launches Interactive Dance Site

You can't keep a good Hammer down. After going through his own version of Steve Martin's The Jerk several years back, the SF Gate reports that Hammer is starting a new website, dancejam.com. Users can upload videos of their…
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