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    Music, The Jay-Z state of mind

    The Jay-Z state of mind

    You have to get in a space where you can't even all the way listen to your friends, because they love you so much that they have places they want you to be." So says Jay-Z, on the subject of…
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    Music, All Shook Down Obama and Hip-hop: Better than "Beef"?

    Obama and Hip-hop: Better than "Beef"?

    For a long time, hip hop debates have tended toward the tawdry and tabloidesque--i.e., Is Kanye Gay?; Is Alicia Keys creepin' with Swizz Beats?; Joe Budden vs. Saigon, T.I. vs. Mysonne, Charli Baltimore vs. Lil' Kim, Lil Kim vs.…
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    Music, Reviewed Kanye West

    Kanye West

    Despite what some critics have written about Kanye West's fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak doesn't sound especially shocking. Sure, the record incorporates "tribal"-style drum machines and Auto-Tuned vocals, but bassy, accessible singles like "Robocop" and "Love Lockdown" make nonissues of…
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    Music, All Shook Down Last Night: KMEL Block Party at Oracle Arena

    Last Night: KMEL Block Party at Oracle Arena

    (T-Pain) KMEL Block Party Oracle Arena, Oakland August 7, 2008 Review by Tamara Palmer Better than: Bloc Party, the British indie rock band. Watch: KMEL’s official recap and backstage interviews. It was national stars and not local talent that…
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    Music, New Coke

    New Coke

    Cocaine/Crack rock is ... A) A national scourge, resulting in a generational holocaust following its boom in the early- to mid-'80s, leaving an entire generation of urban youth permanently maimed and/or scarred. B) A hip-hop treasure. A wellspring of creativity,…
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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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