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Music, Hear This Pete Rock: Show Preview

Pete Rock: Show Preview

Representing Brooklyn and the outer Bronx, DJ Premier and Pete Rock sit at the foundation of quintessential New York hip-hop. Masters of digging for dusty grooves, both came up in the early 1990s as producers for duos that rode funk-jazz…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

During hip-hop's golden era in the '90s, New York producer-DJs like Pete Rock highlighted the artistry of '70s soul-jazz and funk by collecting and sampling beats from those genres' records. Resulting anthems like 1991's "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" —…
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Music, Hear This Rock the Bells

Rock the Bells

If you're looking to throw your hands in the air, wave 'em like you just don't care, then scream ... oh, for about 10 hours straight, then you'll definitely want to be at the Rock the Bells festival. From its…
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Music, All Shook Down Experiencing a Virtuoso

Experiencing a Virtuoso

Yoshi's original Oakland spot was the place to be last night. Loads of scenesters were in the house, from ABB records honcho Beni B to KPFA's Weyland Southon to SF's beloved DJ RasCue to hip-hop professor Dawn-Elissa Fischer to…
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Music, The Roots discuss hip-hop’s second jazz age

The Roots discuss hip-hop’s second jazz age

Hey, Bay Area: Don't tell anyone, but Questlove thinks you're special. According to the Roots' drummer, our music scene is unique in fostering acts that cross genres the way pedestrians cross streets. "You come from one of three places that…
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Music, Hear This Pete Rock

Pete Rock

In all of hip-hop, is there a steadier hand than Pete Rock's? After 20-plus years as a DJ, producer, and MC who has worked with the cream of alt-rap's crop, the Bronx legend has yet to lob a misfire. He's…
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Music, BeatBox


!!!, Goldfrapp, Erase Errata, Donna Summer, the Faint, and the Minogue sisters are just a smattering of the brand names you've come to know and love, all of which you might hear at "Vanguard." Billing itself as an electro, disco-punk,…
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Music, Reviewed V/A


While not as widely heralded as Shaft or Superfly, Melvin Van Peebles 1971 classic Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song helped set the template for an entire decade of blaxploitation cinema. And that movie's soundtrack -- performed almost entirely by a young…
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Music, Reviewed Little Brother

Little Brother

In the early '90s, the rising cost of funk and soul samples chased producers right into the arms of digital instrumentation. Thus the "golden age" of Pete Rock's and DJ Premier's horn-laden sample tapestries ultimately yielded to the Neptunes' vacuum-sealed…
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Music, Reviewed DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna

Hip hop's history -- a dialectic forged by battling, boasting, and street-corner besting -- is a long-raging tug-of-war between MCs and producers. Throughout much of the late '90s, the lyricists had the upper hand, prompting the British label BBE (short…
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