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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, All Shook Down

    DJ Premier's Moving Statement on Guru's Death, Letter

    In the wake of hip-hop icon Guru's death earlier this week, supporters have come out in full force, paying tribute to the legacy the rapper has left behind. We've seen Twitter shout outs, listened to Gang Starr singles on the…
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    R.I.P. Gang Starr's Guru

    Legendary hip-hop emcee Guru passed away on April 19 at age 43 after a reportedly long battle with cancer that forced him to be hospitalized earlier this year. The news was posted to, a fan site dedicated to Guru's…
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    Music, All Shook Down Weekend Pick #2: DJ Premier

    Weekend Pick #2: DJ Premier

    When people talk about "classic" or "Golden Age" hip-hop, nine times out of ten, they're actually talking about DJ Premier . The Texas native, best known as the production half of Gangstarr, boasts an impressive resume , including tracks…
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    Music, Misc. Reviews

    Misc. Reviews

    In Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop, Wu-Tang Clan's Mathematics has assembled a revealing documentary from the point of view of the genre's architects. The DVD is an entertaining crash course in the nitty-gritty of hip hop's evolution beyond…
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    Music, Reviewed DJ Cam

    DJ Cam

    French hip hop producer Laurent "DJ Cam" Daumail hasn't issued a proper full-length album since his excellent 2003 excursion into future soul, Soulshine. He has tried to satisfy fans with an odds-and-sods compilation (Liquid Hip-Hop), a mix CD (My Playlist),…
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    Music, Reviewed Ol' Dirty Bastard

    Ol' Dirty Bastard

    The great thing about the Wu-Tang Clan's ODB wasn't that he smoked crack, fathered a dozen children, or had an arrest record thicker than a Russian novel. Listening to the Wu-Tang's finest was like riding the world's most dangerous roller…
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    Music, BeatBox


    In the late '90s, Japan's DJ Krush caught the hipster zeitgeist with his crackling Japanese-garden trip hop. Spare breakbeats cradled lush atmospherics (1996's Meiso), A-list hip hop collaborations ('97's Milight), and extended trumpet solos ('98's collaboration with Toshinori Kondo, Ki-Oku),…
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    Music, Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    Now that everybody can (and does) have his 15 minutes of fame, it's about time we completely overhauled Mr. Warhol's prediction, especially when it comes to hip hop: In the future, let's hope that no genre of music has more…
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    Music, Reviewed Murs


    While producer 9th Wonder and rapper Murs have taken different paths throughout their careers, they've both emerged near the top of the underground rubble. The latter slung his everyman, confessional lyrics for years in the Bay Area basement before signing…
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    Music, Reviewed Cee-Lo


    Cee-Lo's inclusion of a few guest collaborators -- most notably Blues Traveler's John Popper -- on his 2002 solo debut, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, was adventurous. But while the album was critically praised, its wide stylistic range confused…
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    Music, Reviewed Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

    Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

    Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, which ended with the 1960s, may have left out a thing or two. 1989: DJ Premier folds jazz into the hip hop lexicon with Gang Starr's debut. 1994: Mo' Wax announces a new birth of cool…
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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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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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