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    Music, Reviewed Hood


    Hood's slightly frosty folk/indie/electronic hybrid sounds a touch brighter on this newest release. It's as if the wan Leeds-based outfit has been skipping rope and pumping iron since its last album, 2001's Cold House. Although the tracks still hover midair…
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    Music, Reviewed Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg

    Since his classic '93 debut, Doggystyle, Snoop has been more of a brilliantly honed caricature than a real person. On that album, he was a conflation of an Iceberg Slim novel and an Arthur Sarnoff painting; for R&G, he comes…
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    Music, Reviewed The Neptunes

    The Neptunes

    The Neptunes -- a producing duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo -- are considered by magazines like Vibe to be among hip hop's royal family. When producers held this status two decades ago, they mainly stuck to cashing…
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    Music, Reviewed Common


    Chicago-born MC Common (aka Lonnie Lynn) has been a standard-bearer for the Native Tongues' progressive style of hip hop for years. During that time, he's been rightly celebrated for his intelligent lyrics and his rejection of hip hop's rampant misogyny…
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    Music, Reviewed Beenie Man

    Beenie Man

    If Beenie Man weren't still smashing it on the ragga circuit, as he has been for nearly a decade, his crossover success in U.S. markets might taint his street cred. But instead, his lyrical skills and charisma just translate, making…
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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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