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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
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
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

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Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

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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  • Monday, March 28, 2005

    New Bay

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I checked out the new Asian American musical "Making Tracks" which was a bit like an Asian version of "Rent." More on that tomorrow.

    As for today, ch-check out my story today on the New Bay hip-hop scene!

    It's been in the works for months now and I'm glad it finally printed.

    In the print version I have a list of notable South Bay hip-hop groups. Here are the groups that are a little farther out that are worth checking out.
    (click on the names to find out more)

    OAKLAND

  • Tupac - West Coast gangster rapper leader
  • Digital Underground - funky party rap
  • MC Hammer - Pop rapper who had made parachute pants popular

  • Too Short - rhymes riddled with violence and sexual prowess
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien & his crew Hieroglyphics - Ice Cube's cousin has a jazzy funky vibe in his music
  • Jahi - conscious rapper (of Jahi and The Life)

  • EA-Ski - producer and lyrical emcee

  • Keak Da Sneak - hardcore rap
  • Balance - Bay Area mixtape king

  • The Team - known for their base-ridden single "It's Gettin Hot"
  • Zion-I - conscious emcees

    RICHMOND
  • Frontline - leaders in the New Bay movement

    VALLEJO
  • Baby Bash - behind the funky single "Suga Suga"
  • E-40 - Slang heavy rhymes


  • FAIRFIELD
  • Federation - behind the hyphy (hyperactive) phenomenon
  • DJ HYPHY - recently put out a limited edition mix CD of Bay Area artists that includes unreleased Federation singles and a rare Mac Dre prison interview from 1992.

    SACRAMENTO
  • Rick Rock - producer who got his start with Tupac and recently produced The Federation

    DAVIS
  • Quannum Projects - Blackalicious, Lateef the Truth Speaker, DJ Shadow, Joyo Velarde, Lyrics Born: these more conscious artists founded their label at the University of California, Davis

    Plus here's an online forum on the New Bay scene.
  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    Another favorite was Rappin' 4-tay. Playaz Club..

    1:20 PM  
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    2:12 PM  

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