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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Local Rapper Equipto Cusses Out Ed Lee at Coffee Shop: "You're A Disgrace to Asian People"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 12:44 PM

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  • Julie Blaustein/Flickr
Mayor Ed Lee was put on blast by local rapper Equipto during a trip to a coffee shop yesterday.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Antwon Needed Two Phones in New "JACUZZI" Video Because He's Important

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 12:20 PM

HAYDEN BELLOUMINI
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Antwon dropped a video for "JACUZZI" today ahead of his new EP Double Ecstasy, which is due out later this fall.

The rapper, originally out of San Jose, has strong ties to the Bay Area punk community he grew up in, which explains why the press release for the new video included references to Infest and power-violence. Now based in L.A., the rapper can be seen in the video chilling in Long Beach, wearing a Nothing shirt, and chatting simultaneously on two cellphones. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hella Saucy: Bay Area Rap Dances Are Getting Harder

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Priceless Da Roc, creator of "Hella Saucy."
  • Priceless Da Roc, creator of "Hella Saucy."
In advance of his Underground Celebrity EP, which will be available on iTunes and Amazon on April 16, rapper, dancer, and San Francisco State student Priceless Da Roc dropped an EA-Ski-produced single called "Hella Saucy" that features an accompanying dance video.

Priceless and Richmond DJ J12 are the duo behind last year's infectious J12 dance craze. After hearing "Slow Down" by Clyde Carson and the Team, Priceless and J12 made their own version of the song with a guest verse by Priceless and dance moves the two created for the track. Carson embraced the version and made it an official release many months after the original dropped, a wise move that gave his song a large boost. He also featured the J12 dance in the video -- by which time it had already spread through Bay Area schools and dancefloors.

As it turns out, though, the J12 was just the first move.

See also:

* Learn the J12, a New Bay Area Hip-Hop Dance Anyone Can Do

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Watch: Antwon's "3rd World Grrl" Is the Bay Area Party-Rap Song of the Year So Far

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

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  • Antwon

Behold, Antwon. The San Jose rapper's End of Earth mixtape made our list of the best local rap releases of 2012, and his latest tape, last week's In Dark Denim, is even better. (Grab it here.) The highlight and first video is "3rd World Grrl," a gritty party-funk beat that features Antwon getting explicit about his sexual pursuits. That would be a fairly accurate description of all of In Dark Denim, but (as SPIN's Brandon Soderberg has noted), Antwon's sex raps stand apart: They come off less as annoying braggadocio and more as desperate liberation. There's a pleasure to lines like "We fuckin' in the morning like who cares who we waking," sure, but it comes in lieu of the darker moments that surround "3rd World Grrl" on In Dark Denim. Suitably, then, this song has an all-fun video, where a puppet Antwon gets his silly-ass mack on in the club. Watch it, grab In Dark Denim, and let's all wait excitedly to see where Antwon goes next.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Rap Roundup: New Songs and Videos by Droop-E, Iamsu and More

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Droop-E channels the 1930s with "'N The Traffic." - SICK WID IT
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  • Droop-E channels the 1930s with "'N The Traffic."

As these new releases might suggest, Bay Area rap continues to evolve and become harder to pigeonhole. This is especially true when it comes to matching songs up with a visual; the same old bitches-in-the-club videos that we see all over the country don't really fly here unless they're super-duper fly -- and set, like, 80 years ago.

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* IamSu! on KILT, Getting an Invite From E-40, and Why He Wants Lil B to Do an "Up" Remix

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Hella Tight Bay Area Rap T-Shirts

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Hiero Mickey shirt by Hieroglyphics. - HIERO IMPERIUM
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  • Hiero Mickey shirt by Hieroglyphics.

Here in the Yay Area, we like to wear our affection for local rap on our sleeves. Our favorite hip-hop T-shirts are largely silly novelties that make us smile, with a sprinkling of iconic imagery that has lasted in some cases for as long as 20 years. Whether Hieroglyphics or Humpty Hump, here are our top 10 old and new classics.

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* Blondie's Debbie Harry Is Still Not Used to Seeing Her Face on T-Shirts

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Friday, November 16, 2012

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

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

IamSu! - ARTURO TORRES
  • Arturo Torres
  • IamSu!

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 $uzy 6 $peed mixtape last week to wide acclaim. Now he'll be keeping the buzz going with an instore appearance at Upper Haight streetwear shop True this Sunday. (Nov. 18, 3 p.m.) Ahead of that, we got him to drop the details behind his five favorite tracks from $uzy 6 $peed.

5. "100 Grand" feat. Juvenile

This collaboration came about when Juvenile came to town to perform. He was up in the studio after I was in a studio session and had a chance to kick it with him. He had heard a couple of my songs, so everything just fell into place. I was surprised he'd heard of me, 'cause I look up to Juvenile and have been listening to him since elementary school. When I first heard The Hot Boys, I remember thinking Juve was dope and had a unique style. Just having him sitting in the back for the song was a learning experience. I wasn't nervous though, 'cause I know what I can do.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top Five Things Oakland Spokesman MC Hammer Could Do To Improve His Hometown

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A Hammer for Oakland
  • A Hammer for Oakland

Oakland, meet your new tourism ambassador: MC Hammer, famous rapper, man of Christ, former A's exec, and purveyor of some very goofy pantaloons. The man born Stanley Burrell was born and raised in East Oakland, so it's only natural that he'd by tapped by the city for a new campaign to counter its rather grim public image. "Oakland: To know it is to love it" is the slogan for Hammer's effort, and while we'd agree, fancy words aren't going to solve Oakland's image problem alone. (Hammer pants, on the other hand...) So: as an encouraging slap on the back to the man who first introduced us, indirectly, to "Super Freak" -- and who played the first concert we ever attended, in Oakland -- here are five fairly easy ways Hammer could help his native burg.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Watch: DaVinci's "In My City" Is a Gorgeous Bit of Hometown Boosterism

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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Days after San Francisco's own DaVinci dropped a brand-new album for free -- the dense and delightful The MOEna Lisa -- here's a new video for the bumpin' track "In My City," which might be the best bit of Sucka Free City eye-candy we've seen all year. Shot in gorgeous black and white, the Tim Jieh-directed video has this Fillmore rapper reppin' his home hood along with other lovely S.F. locales like North Beach and Twin Peaks. He even ventures out of town to Oakland and Vallejo, grabbing cameos from the likes of Main Attrakionz and others along the way.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DaVinci Drops Free New Album The MOEna Lisa, Continues to Be Underrated

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

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Regular readers will doubtless know DaVinci, the under-appreciated Fillmore District rapper whose work has long stood out among the eager crop of local MCs. Over two records so far -- 2010's The Day The Turf Stood Still and last year's Feast or Famine -- DaVinci painted a portrait of his changing 'hood while proving himself one of the most vivid and versatile rappers in the Bay. Today he's back with new album The MOEna Lisa, the final chapter in a trilogy of sorts -- and he's posted it for free download on the usual platforms.

See also:

* SF Rapper DaVinci Lists His Five Favorite Fillmore District Memories

* The 10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2011

* Fillmore Rapper DaVinci's thoughtful 'hood parables

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