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Dec 8, 2021

Saigon But Not Forgotten

In rural South Vietnam, in a modest courtyard in the early 1960s, a little girl with black bangs crouches by her neighbor’s radio, listening...
Mar 23, 2016

Zen and the Art of Turntablism

Cutting against the grain has pretty much always been Rich Quitevis’ thing. The San Francisco-born Quitevis, better known as DJ Qbert, just prefers zagging where...
Feb 10, 2016

Dam-Funk Embraces the Weird and the Wild

It's no easy task to be a creator of throwback sounds in this modern era without sounding overly derivative, disingenuous, or worse yet, like a...
Jul 25, 2014

Southern Hustle: Juicy J Gets Ahead by Keeping Money on his Mind

Southern Rap’s bouncy party anthems are now ubiquitous in mainstream music. But it wasn’t always that way, especially in the ’90s when East Coast...
Mar 5, 2014

DJ Jazzy Jeff Brings Decades of Experience to Myth Lounge

Seasoned hip-hop fans of a certain age will remember Jazzy Jeff as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, a rap duo...
Aug 2, 2013

Make it Funky: Lyrics Born Discusses James Brown Tribute Show at San Jose's Jazz...

Jazz and funk share similar qualities, anchored by musicianship and the notion of utilizing musical space. Longtime Bay Area rapper Tom Shimura, known by...
Aug 2, 2013

Make it Funky: Lyrics Born Discusses James Brown Tribute Show at San Jose’s Jazz...

Jazz and funk share similar qualities, anchored by musicianship and the notion of utilizing musical space. Longtime Bay Area rapper Tom Shimura, known by...
Jun 5, 2012

Preview: Andre Nickatina at Avalon Nightclub

“I like candied yams, I never jeopardize who I am!” says Andre Nickatina, the renowned West Coast rap veteran who’s making a highly anticipated...
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