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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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  • Friday, March 11, 2005

    Hip-hop and violence

    Recently, I've been getting a few emails and calls from students working on projects related to hip-hop and violence. They asked me one central question: "Does hip-hop cause violence?"

    This question is in reaction to the recent spate of events: ie. the shooting outside New York's Hot 97 (look at yesterday's entry).

    My response is - it's not a direct relationship. Lots of musical genres have lyrics that are based on violent things, including rock and even country. These types of music may put you in a certain mood to do certain things, but it ultimately is up to an individual to decide if he or she will act on violent thoughts.

    For example, I listen to hip-hop and consider myself a fan of even some of the most aggressive styles, but I'm not violent.

    Anyways, this weekend, ch-check it out:


    WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 3/11
    TIX: $20;
    WHY: There will be a two hour fashion who with such designers as urban label Triple 5 Soul and up-and-coming brand Dopeness Monster, along with three rooms of music, an art show, 5 on 5 B-Boy competition, dance showcases and spoken word.

    WHERE: Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 3/11
    TIX: $20 at the door;
    WHY: San Jose emcee extraordinaire Shamako Noble will be opening up for Los Angeles literate rapper Aceyalone.


    Ramen Life
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub on 1st St. @ San Salvador, San Jose
    WHEN: Ramen Event 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., After Party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday 3/12
    TIX: $15 at door; $20 admission + dinner
    WHY: There will be food served by some of Bay Area's top ramen restaurants (Halu, Himawari, Maruichi). And also there will be taiko along with performances DJ Shortkut , Abyss (3SIXTY5 Records), DJ Daeta (The Jimi Handtrix Crew), Artson (Rocksteady Crew) featuring Verbal Ase, breakdance performance by Rocksteady Crew, DJ Shohei, and more.

    A Musical Journey with Knowmadic DJs

    WHERE: Club Oasis, 135 12th St., Oakland
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday 3/12
    TIX: $10;
    WHY: dancehall, hip-hop, soul, reggae, reggaeton


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