Hip-Hop Hour: Kendrick celebrates himself

Does anyone remember when “i” first dropped? It had been two years since we were hooked to the atmospheric swirls of Good Kid, and the thirst was real. Then we were caught off guard. The dense, syrupy fog of Good Kid had been lifted, and what we heard was chipper.
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FlyLo’s latest a matter of life and death

When an artist such as Flying Lotus warns Rolling Stone that his new album might “mess up the game a little bit,” fans are wise to take notice. In the eight years since his debut, FlyLo has progressed from a jagged, minimalistic blend of trip-hop to something more layered and
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Indie music takes over Windy City at Pitchfork Music Festival

Say what you will about Pitchfork and its fanbase, but it does know how to run a music festival. Sure, every fifth person at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park was wearing cutoff jeans, every 10th person was smoking a cigarette, and almost everyone was white. Cups of craft
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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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Tunesday: Halloween, Part II

This week, the Halloween playlist continues with a couple of new songs.  Next week, in the third (and final) part of my Halloween party list, I’ll be discussing some favorites, both classics and new releases.  Today’s list includes a bunch of songs intended for a party where people will be
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So what if Miley’s a slut?

Aug. 25 was an iconic day in contemporary American history, apparently. Miley Cyrus twerked, and we cared. The single act sparked one of the most notable outcries from the general public in the history of live performance, and if you haven’t been living under a pile of discarded Random Access
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Rock the Bells rings true to hip-hop history

At the 10th anniversary of Rock the Bells hip-hop festival this past weekend in Mountain View, the lineup — though it included virtual performances by the Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, both deceased — reminded festival-goers of the virtue in dynamic stage presence and solid delivery that no special effects can replace.
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