Hip Hop

Unlikely Heroes Hip-Hop Punk @ Bottom of the Hill Friday 5/12

05/10/2017

Unlikely Heroes bring high energy hip hop punk to Bottom of the Hill on Friday night, and jumping around with front man Enon Gaines is gonna make you sweat good. The genre mash up isn’t so unusual as it might seem. As it turns out, both styles got their start in 1970s New York City and Read More

Vince Staples Bringing His Blend of West Coast Hip Hop to Noise Pop

02/24/2016

As is often the case, the epicenter of the hip hop zeitgeist is LA these days. West Coast gangsta rap set the tone for many of the hits of the past two decades, and is what many consider LA hip hop. But an argument can be made that as the 90s progressed, rap mainstream lost Read More

Explosive Hip-Hop Ensemble Mik Nawooj @ Harmonia in Sausalito 2/27

02/11/2016

Hip hop, as an art form, is not this writer’s expertise. As such, I can’t comment on how Ensemble Mik Nawooj contributes to the genre’s progress. But I do know that hybrid sounds – combining multiple genres and atypical instrumental arrangements – are the future of music in general. Ensemble Mik Nawooj achieves this hybrid sound Read More

Anderson .Paak PAAKS the House @ 1015 Folsom

01/26/2016

Sorry not sorry about that headline… too goddamn easy. Last Thursday night, breakthrough hip-hop & soul star Anderson .Paak fired up a crowded house at 1015 Folsom with his funky backing band The Free Nationals. The free show was the official release party for his excellent sophomore album Malibu, released just a week earlier. Word is there were over 5000 Read More

Chef Bronson’s Delicacies Delight at The Warfield

04/09/2015

New York got together with California to cook up a delicious hip-hop chowder on Tuesday evening. The city by the Bay served as the host for a meeting of the minds between Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and an entourage of guests.  The performers and crowd alike were riding high on the excitement of new releases, Read More

Young Fathers Shake Things Up at The Independent 4/25 With Mas Ysa

04/09/2015

The Mercury Prize winning UK trio Young Fathers will be making a stop in San Francisco at The Independent on Saturday, April 25th. The group just released its newest album White Men Are Black Men Too on April 7th with the Big Dada label. The newest single from the album, “Shame,” embodies their hard to Read More

Story Time With Slick Rick @ Public Works

11/19/2014

MC Melina Jones served as Slick Rick The Ruler’s Bay Area ambassador, and along with DJs Supreme and Pos Red, had the dance party popping off for a couple hours before Rick hit the stage well after midnight. The crowd, which was thick with golden era hip-hop heads, ate up the classic rap tracks being blasted, Read More

Run The Jewels at Mezzanine: A Thugs and Biffles Performance

11/17/2014

Run The Jewels performed at Mezzanine Friday with a lineup that hailed exclusively from their hometown of New York City. The openers were Despot, a solo act signed to El-P’s label Definitive Jux, and RatKing some scrappy looking teens from Manhattan that synthesize hardcore music with hip hop. El-P made a brief appearance before the Read More

Giveaway: Tickets to Slick Rick w/ DJs Supreme & Pos Red at Public Works November 14th!

11/11/2014

From Beowulf to Breaking Bad, well-told stories have always had the ability to capture our imaginations, and among the great storytellers there are few with as much style as Slick Rick. With a voice as distinct as his signature eye-patch, Slick Rick has remained a prominent figure on the hip-hop scene for more than three Read More

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