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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, November 30, 2004

    Jahi and the Life

    This weekend, I went backstage with Jahi and the Life at the Independent in San Francisco.

    And even though I was interviewing the band, it felt more like meeting old friends in their dorm room.

    Before they went on stage, they practiced their set verbally and their teamwork shows on stage. They pull off live rap better than most.

    After their show, they talked about getting future gigs. They're still indie, but at the point where they can turn down bad venues. One member joked about not wanting to eat ramen anymore.

    Drummer Maurice says they have their heads on straight and that nothing backstage would make their mothers embarrassed - just two couches, some chips with salsa, and a few beers.

    For more, look for Jahi and the Life in one of my future stories.

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