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Ghostface: Show Preview

The Wu-Tang Clan is in the midst of a mini-revival at the moment. Head honcho RZA directed and starred in The Man With the Iron Fists. GZA is working on a long-promised new album. And Ghostface has teamed up with…
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Music, Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

It's Valentine's Day, and Antwon is on the roof of his San Jose apartment tweeting about Kid Rock. Earlier this morning, the 26-year-old rapper released In Dark Denim, an 11-song mixtape that showcases his gruff voice reciting noirish sex-raps over…
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Music, Hear This Cam'ron: Show Preview

Cam'ron: Show Preview

Cam'ron closed out last year by allegedly stiffing fans at a New Year's Eve warehouse party in Brooklyn, but the former Dipset figurehead started 2013 by dropping the slinky and well-received new track "You Know This." At his most persuasive,…
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Music, Hear This IamSu!: Show Preview

IamSu!: Show Preview

This will go down as having been a breakthrough year for Richmond-raised rapper IamSu! His profile went national after he put in a starring stint on Bay Area ambassador E-40's hit "Function," and he solidified his talent with last month's…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Musician-Based Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser Right Now

Top Five Musician-Based Video Games You Can Play In Your Browser Right Now

2012 has seen a bumper batch of musician-helmed video games hitting the Internet. They're ostensibly meant to promote an artist's latest release, but also act as snappy diversions to play in your browser while you should be concentrating on something…
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Music, All Shook Down Rapper IamSu! Explains Five Favorite Songs Off His New Mixtape, <i>$uzy 6 $peed</i>

Rapper IamSu! Explains Five Favorite Songs Off His New Mixtape, $uzy 6 $peed

IamSu! is ending the year as one of the brightest new rap talents on the West Coast. Having seen his profile soar off the back of a starring turn on E-40's "Function" earlier this year, the Richmond-raised rapper dropped the…
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Music, Main Attrakionz Move Beyond Cloud Rap

Main Attrakionz Move Beyond Cloud Rap

The Main Attrakionz story starts with a karaoke machine in the basement of a house on 43rd and Market streets in Oakland. Down there, in the house where he lived, Damondre Grice began recording lo-fi rap songs with Charles Glover…
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Music, All Shook Down New Orleans Rapper Dee-1 on Meeting Lil Wayne and Playing Basketball with Master P

New Orleans Rapper Dee-1 on Meeting Lil Wayne and Playing Basketball with Master P

Back when he was in high school, New Orleans rapper Dee-1 was working at a local Circuit City store when Lil Wayne came in and ordered a TV. Dee ended up installing the goggle-box into Weezy's car. These days, Dee…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Tracks From the New <i>Darkest Before Dawn</i>  Bay Area Rap Compilation

Top Five Tracks From the New Darkest Before Dawn Bay Area Rap Compilation

Yesterday, Atlanta-based production unit SMKA released Darkest Before Dawn, a 10-track album compilation that showcases the best of the Bay's MCs spitting over their beats. Featuring a roll call of rappers that includes Shady Blaze, The Jacka, Mistah FAB, Richie…
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Music, All Shook Down Aesop Rock and Dark Time Sunshine Will Give You a Haircut You'll Regret at the Fillmore

Aesop Rock and Dark Time Sunshine Will Give You a Haircut You'll Regret at the Fillmore

Ever find yourself fantasizing about receiving an extreme haircut on stage at The Fillmore while Aesop Rock performs a song? Well, that's precisely what's going down this Sunday when Aesop performs "Racing Stripes," a song about getting a bad trim,…
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Music, Hear This Dillon Francis: Show Preview

Dillon Francis: Show Preview

Skrillex's OWSLA label continues to blaze on, with Dillon Francis next up to shine. Francis, an L.A.-based DJ and producer, has earned a reputation for creating monstrous moombahton music that causes eruptions of euphoria on the dancefloor, not least due…
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Music, All Shook Down Skrillex Pal Dillon Francis Thinks Doritos Tacos Are "Greatest Thing Ever Created," Hasn't Had Real S.F. Mexican Food

Skrillex Pal Dillon Francis Thinks Doritos Tacos Are "Greatest Thing Ever Created," Hasn't Had Real S.F. Mexican Food

Dillion Francis is setting his lofty stall out to become the DJ world's most renowned taco activist. Signed to Skrillex's OWSLA label, Francis recently embraced his love of a certain brand of taco by launching the Free Taco (DJ Awareness)…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz releases his debut studio album today. Titled Bugged Out, the rapper is banking on the project to build on the buzz his mixtapes have cultivated and jolt his career up another notch. So with Gigz being at the…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Shady Blaze and Young Gully's Breezy, SMKA-Produced "Greatness"

Premiere: Shady Blaze and Young Gully's Breezy, SMKA-Produced "Greatness"

Dropping in October, new mixtape Darkest Before Dawn will see a fresh line-up of Bay Area rappers hopping on tracks crafted by Atlanta production unit S.M.K.A. As a teaser for the project, which will include input from Roach Gigz, Mistah…
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Music, Das Racist's Kool A.D. Drops an Ode to the Bay Area

Das Racist's Kool A.D. Drops an Ode to the Bay Area

Das Racist member Kool A.D. will forever be tied to a certain fast-food spot that, at least according to rap lore, exists somewhere along Jamaica Avenue in Queens, New York City. But before he christened himself Kool A.D. and enjoyed…
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Music, All Shook Down The Pharcyde's Five-Step Guide To Creating A Classic Hip-Hop Album

The Pharcyde's Five-Step Guide To Creating A Classic Hip-Hop Album

Twenty years ago, The Pharcyde released a hip-hop classic. Titled Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, the 16-track album announced to the world the talents of M.C.s Bootie Brown, Fatlip, Imani, and Slimkid 3, plus producer J Swift. With raps that…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Hip-Hop Crew 40Love Share "Tiki Tiki," Talk Working With Zion I's Zumbi and Their Crazy Animal Masks

Premiere: Hip-Hop Crew 40Love Share "Tiki Tiki," Talk Working With Zion I's Zumbi and Their Crazy Animal Masks

The hip-hop troupe 40Love is currently in possession of the most famous animal masks in modern Bay Area music history. Having made their debut in the video for Wallpaper's "#Stupidfacedd," the plastic faces are now being sported by three-quarters of…
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Music, Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

Pump It Like the Future: El-P and Killer Mike Bust Hip-Hop's Boundaries

"Someone took his artificial leg off and handed it to me to sign at a show," says El-P, recalling the strangest thing he's ever seen on tour. The Brooklyn-based rapper and producer, born Jaime Meline, is looking back as he…
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Music, All Shook Down Del The Funky Homosapien on His Favorite Old-School Rappers, New Album <i>Attractive Sin</i>, and His Very First Live Show

Del The Funky Homosapien on His Favorite Old-School Rappers, New Album Attractive Sin, and His Very First Live Show

It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her -- but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Rapper Chippy Nonstop on Getting Kicked Out of Clubs and Her Dedication to Lay's Potato Chips

Bay Rapper Chippy Nonstop on Getting Kicked Out of Clubs and Her Dedication to Lay's Potato Chips

Chippy Nonstop would like to be sponsored by Lays. Specifically, she would happily get a Flamin' Hot Lays tattoo if the brand came on board and sponsored her lifestyle. If you've been following Chippy's moves of late, you'll know…
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