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Music, All Shook Down G-Unit A&R Added to Bay Area Producers Conference

G-Unit A&R Added to Bay Area Producers Conference

BAPC's Mario Flores has big news to share for all you up-and-coming rappers looking for some industry hookup: Andre "Dre" McKenzie, A&R of G-Unit Records , has just been added to the July 25 event. Confirmed panelists thus far…
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Music, All Shook Down Grouch & Eligh "Say G&E" at Slim's

Grouch & Eligh "Say G&E" at Slim's

Say what you will about the virtues of backpack rap compared to its gangsta and pop variants, but the Grouch & Eligh are eating well off the indie hip-hop teat. The prolific Cali duo, both accomplished solo artists in…
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Music, Producer, Remixer, MC

Producer, Remixer, MC

"Everyone's looking for that new, new provocative music. A lot of people are still looking at hip hop. You can't look in the same places." So says Trackademicks, an Oakland resident (and Alameda native) who's probably best known as the…
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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 Awards, Award Show Performers

Award Show Performers

Bing Ji Ling If you believe the legend (and there's no reason why you shouldn't), Quinn Luke was christened "Bing Ji Ling" when he was a jazz and blues singer working a nightclub in Shanghai. Upon introducing himself to the…
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Music, Reviewed Federation


With the breakout hit "Hyphy," Fairfield act Federation is at the forefront of a Bay Area hip hop renaissance that some are calling the "New Bay." But much of the credit for this group's success goes to producer Rick Rock.…
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