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Hip-hop hour: More than its mistakes

It’s Dec. 31, 2014. I’m sitting at home, on my laptop, because all my plans for New Year’s Eve have been canceled. But you know what? My night could not have been better. The clock struck 12, and I was ushered into 2015 by the sweet light of Kanye West.
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Keepin’ it real ’93 ’til

The unexpected combination of hip-hop, dark humor and kung-fu made Wu-Tang Clan unlike any group before it. Their breakout album, Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers), turned 21 this past Sunday. The day before the group’s 1993 hits were celebrated along those of A Tribe Called Quest, Pharcyde, Tupac, Dr.
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Tunesdays: Tuesday Bass Break

Midterms are over (for the most part) and spring break is just around the corner. Before many of you rush off to faraway beaches and relax in your spring break paradise, take a 20-minute break at home. Put your headphones on and zone out to some hip hop and R&B
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From Berkeley to the international stage with the Cataracs

Niles Hollowell-Dhar and David Singer-Vine were just sophomores at Berkeley High School when they formed the Cataracs in 2003. Deriving their name from a Snoop Dogg lyric (“Smoke ‘till your eyes get cataracts”), the duo rose to Bay Area fame as a definitive force in the hyphy movement. After their
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Schoolboy Q becomes teacher at Rasputin Music

Schoolboy Q stopped by Berkeley’s Rasputin Music on Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way on Tuesday to celebrate the release of his major-label debut, Oxymoron. One-fourth of rap supergroup Black Hippy, LA hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q’s debut album features collaborations with artists such as 2 Chainz; Tyler, the Creator; BJ the
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Rappers will never truly be rock stars

Back in high school, I was infatuated with the rock ‘n’ roll persona. The rock ‘n’ roll sound. The rock ‘n’ roll feel. I grew my hair out, bought a leather jacket and wanted to go to college in New York City to embody Julian Casablancas from The Strokes. I
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The best of R. Kelly’s ‘hip-hopera’

R. Kelly is not only dropping his “Black Panties” these days. The so-called king of R&B is also releasing new chapters of his long-running hip-hopera, “Trapped in the Closet,” in 2014 on IFC. Arguably, one of the greatest moments in pop culture happened when “Trapped” debuted in 2005. Kelly pioneered
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