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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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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
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Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Thursday, December 09, 2004

    Hip-hop reigns the Grammy nominations

    At last year's Grammy awards, OutKast ruled. This year Kanye West looks like he'll be starting his Grammy empire - showing that hip-hop has not only moved in, it has made the music industry its home.

    Hip-hop has long taken over pop music, making people wonder, is hip-hop the new pop?

    I think the future of music goes along with Jay-Z and Linkin Park's wonderful mash-up ("MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course"). The future may be a fusion of what we like, with no lines or labels.

    According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Jay-Z/Linkin Park CD/DVD has already sold 368,000 copies in the week that ended Dec. 5, displacing U2's latest album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (sold 288,000). It resides at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while U2's album is No. 2.

    Tonight, ch-check out some hip-hop and think about its future.

    WHAT:
    Ozomatli plus Crown City Rockers
    WHERE: Catalyst Nightclub, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
    WHEN:
    8:30 p.m. tonight 12/9
    TIX:
    $21 advance, $24 at the door; catalystclub.com
    WHY: Two live hip-hop collectives that will make you believe in hip-hop again. Ozomatli reflects Southern Cali with its jazz, funk, urban-hip-hop and Latin salsa stylings. And, Crown City Rockers also step it up with their boom-bap-ness.

    WHAT: Afrika Bambaataa
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight 12/3
    TIX: Free; check zoenightclub.com
    WHY: He is the godfather of hip-hop and his concert is a history lesson in the art.

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