RL Grime

Going dumb proves smart in RL Grime’s latest performance

“Playing Golden State in Oakland was a moment,” RL Grime tweeted right after his set at the Fox Theater last Friday. Indeed, lots of songs and moments happened during the show, with a surprising — albeit very well-received — amount of Bay Area hyphy rap mixed into his set. RL
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voices cataracs

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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IAmSu! revitalizes Bay Area rap

IAmSu! is a star. The 23-year-old stands tall, towering over every student walking on Sproul. He looks like a big kid with his skateboard, basketball shorts and a snapback that barely fits over his afro. It may not be obvious by his demeanor, but IAmSu! of Richmond, Calif., is one
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