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Music, All Shook Down Our Favorite Local Hip-Hop Releases of 2014

Our Favorite Local Hip-Hop Releases of 2014

As promised (for a cranky mini-dissertation on how lists are dumb, check this list first): Here some of SF Weekly's favorite hip-hop releases from the past calendar year. Want to support the local music scene? Go straight to these artists'…
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Music, 20 Years of "93 'Til Infinity": Souls of Mischief's hit taps the collective unconscious

20 Years of "93 'Til Infinity": Souls of Mischief's hit taps the collective unconscious

Maybe it's the sample, a mercurial sped-up marimba melody from a Billy Cobham jazz-fusion song. Or maybe it's the familiar boom-bap beat, or the warm, wistful bassline, or the fact that this prophetic posse-cut features four precocious Oakland teenagers spectacularly…
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Music, Hieroglyphics Holiday: Indie Hip-Hop Ringleaders Throw a Free Party

Hieroglyphics Holiday: Indie Hip-Hop Ringleaders Throw a Free Party

Start looking and you'll see the logo everywhere, especially here in the Bay Area. It's one thick circle, a short straight line, and three dots, which together form an abstract face with a third eye. In total the image is…
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Music, All Shook Down After 19 Years of "93 Til Infinity" Remakes, Only Freddie Gibbs Has Done It Justice

After 19 Years of "93 Til Infinity" Remakes, Only Freddie Gibbs Has Done It Justice

"Dial the seven digits. Call up Bridget/ Her man's a midget. Plus she got friends, yo, I can dig it..." It was 19 years ago when Tajai, Opio, Phesto, and A-Plus first upped us on how they just chill, roaming…
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Music, All Shook Down I Got Five On It: Weighing Out San Francisco's Stoniest 4/20 Parties

I Got Five On It: Weighing Out San Francisco's Stoniest 4/20 Parties

Rest assured, attending any of these S.F. parties held on the marijuana smoker's unofficial holiday of April 20 should result in a world-class contact high -- not to mention beats worthy of holding a limited attention span. There are no…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz on Playing with Souls of Mischief, Covering Gil Scott-Heron, and Touring with Sheila E.

S.F. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz on Playing with Souls of Mischief, Covering Gil Scott-Heron, and Touring with Sheila E.

"Souls of Mischief brought me in initially to replace a sample that was going to cost them too much to clear!" So says San Francisco-born trumpeter Bill Ortiz with a laugh as he recalls his contribution to the Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Reviews His Own Discography

Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Reviews His Own Discography

As part of the mighty Souls of Mischief crew, A-Plus ushered in a new style of Bay Area rap with the group's breezy and effortless "'93 'Til Infinity" anthem. Also a mainstay in the Hieroglyphics movement, the rapper and producer…
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Music, All Shook Down Rock the Bells Brings Classic Debuts from Lauryn Hill, Souls of Mischief, Nas, and More to the Stage

Rock the Bells Brings Classic Debuts from Lauryn Hill, Souls of Mischief, Nas, and More to the Stage

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Rock the Bells: Among the more than 30 musical acts appearing across four stages at the annual Rock the Bells Festival this weekend, nearly one-third are seasoned artists who plan to perform their…
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Music, Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Rock the Bells Brings Classic Hip-Hop Debuts to the Stage

Among the more than 30 musical acts appearing across four stages at the annual Rock the Bells Festival this weekend, nearly one-third are seasoned artists who plan to perform their debut albums in their entirety. Most of these records were…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Oh Why: Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Drops Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute EP

Why Oh Why: Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Drops Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute EP

Maybe there was something in his blunt. Otherwise, what the hell was A-Plus thinking? The Oakland rapper -- a member of the celebrated alternative hip-hop crews Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics -- just went and dropped a tribute EP…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Hieroglyphics' DJ Toure Steps Out with Nio Tha Gift and Tajai from Souls of Mischief

Watch: Hieroglyphics' DJ Toure Steps Out with Nio Tha Gift and Tajai from Souls of Mischief

Sometimes it's nice to see musicians focus on doing one thing well, instead of trying to do everything well. So we happily can forgive the basic production of this black-and-white video, as well as the track's lack of song-ness. This…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: A Defense of Weezer, and the Books' Archivist Instincts

In Print: A Defense of Weezer, and the Books' Archivist Instincts

From SF Weekly's latest print music section:In Defense of Weezer: Weezer reissued 1996's Pinkerton this month, and the glowing reviews -- including a Pitchfork 10.0 -- explain why. The accepted critical narrative on the band goes like this: Weezer made two classic…
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Music, BeatBox Souls of Mischief: Show Preview

Souls of Mischief: Show Preview

It's been 17 years since Souls of Mischief's seminal Bay Area rap anthem "93 Til Infinity" (and debut album of the same name), and the Oakland-based group is still performing and recording. MCs A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai met in…
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Music, SXSW 2010 Showgoers' Guide to Bay Area Acts

SXSW 2010 Showgoers' Guide to Bay Area Acts

Between March 17 and March 20, thousands of musicians, some signed and many more hoping to be signed, will descend upon Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Nearly three dozen of these acts call the Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit

Last Night: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit

Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Crowne Royal, Supernatural, Exile, Alexander Spit Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 Mezzanine Better Than: Rock the Bells Souls of Mischief stormed the stage last night with such havoc and energy that it turned on…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief

Left Fest w/ Souls of Mischief @ MezzanineOakland rap quartet Souls of Mischief is most fondly remembered for a 1993 hit. Prince Paul is a legendary oddball production Svengali from Long Island who also goes by the aliases Chest Rockwell…
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Music, Souls of Mischief embrace the Prince Paul regime

Souls of Mischief embrace the Prince Paul regime

Oakland rap quartet Souls of Mischief is most fondly remembered for a 1993 hit. Prince Paul is a legendary oddball production Svengali from Long Island who also goes by the aliases Chest Rockwell and Filthy Pablo. The idea of holing…
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Video of the Day: New Souls of Mischief Get Artsy

Oakland's Souls of Mischief crew went the unconventional route for the first single off their new album, Montezuma's Revenge (out today, and produced by Prince Paul and Domino). The debut track, "Proper Aim," shows visual artist Steven Lopez  painting…
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Music, All Shook Down Souls of Mischief Announce Montezuma's Revenge

Souls of Mischief Announce Montezuma's Revenge

Legendary Oakland hip-hop group Souls of Mischief yesterday announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by the equally-legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), the album features 18 songs worth of…
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Music, Reviewed Opio

Opio

For Bay Area hip hop fans, a new album from Opio is akin to receiving a call from a long-lost friend: surprising yet satisfying. In addition to his involvement in the vaunted Hieroglyphics ensemble, Opio has lent his distinct, nasal…
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