Music

Thursday Throwback: Christión: “Full Of Smoke”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in History, Music, Thursday Throwbacks

15 years ago, a duo from Oakland, CA was the first act (not named Jay-Z) signed to Roc-a-Fella Records. If you’re racking your brain trying to remember which Beanie Sigel-ish rappers were bubbling in The Town in ’96, you’re on the wrong track. [...]

New Music: Mike Baker the Bike Maker: “The Coast is Clear”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

There’s something very distinct about The Honor Roll Crew. They’ve managed to create their own lane without looking like the group of “cool kids” who try to be “different” in the same way as everyone else. They brand but put their art before the marketing. [...]

Music Video: Erk Tha Jerk: “Hands Up”

June 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Before Nerd’s Eye View dropped, Erk had a listening session. I walked through a sketchy alley to get there. Damn near everybody was late. There was smoke in the air and Henny in cups. Up until this point, Coolhand was advocate for all things Erk. I liked [...]

Video: Yours Tru.ly presents Little Dragon in SF

June 21st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Yours Tru.ly is a collective after our own heart. Based in San Francisco, it is a video blog site that creates unique content with a variety of indy musical acts. Their style mixes the stripped down sound of an MTV Unplugged session with an intimate visual aesthetic more [...]

Video: Earn Your Stripes Cipher Series

June 20th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Events, Music

Earn Your Stripes is a new cipher series hosted by Oakland emcee Do DAT and Oakland DJ Aebl Dee at the Berkeley Adidas store. In the first episode Vallejo’s Moe Green, Sac’s Chuuwee and the Sco’s Jinx, DB and Troy took the mic in front of a full [...]

Mixtape: Vell4Short: Project Sore Thumb

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Fears that Vell4Short’s Project Sore Thumb was turning into Detox were calmed last week when he sent around the advanced release. Bloggers, DJs, PR folk, and selected friends got a sneak peak of the collection that been reworked time and time again. [...]

Music: Baby Jaymes: “Heart & Soul”

June 13th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

“I put my heart in it, heart it / Go home or hard with it / I’m not going home, so let me turn you on,” sings Baby Jaymes on his latest single “Heart & Soul.” The singer/songwriter, who has worked with Raphael Saadiq and George Clinton, uses this [...]

Music: Darling Bonnie: “Far From Perfect”

June 12th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

A few things about Darling Bonnie:1. She’s from Oakland2. She’s a rapper3. She’s positioning herself somewhere between edgy and glamorous4. Oh, and she really wants you to listen”I attended Catholic school in the middle of the [...]

Video: Kev Choice: “Are You Impressed?”

June 3rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Music

Oakland’s maestro Kev Choice is back with a video for “Are You Impressed?” from his latest effort, The Power of Choice. The pianist, producer, bandleader and emcee dons conductor’s tails and jams with a few of his band members and Ms. Netta Brielle [...]

38th Notables

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN’s E:60

Marshawn Lynch Talks About Growing Up In Oakland on ESPN's E:60

I've loved Oakland since I was old enough to begin to understand it. And when you're from an underdo[...]

Introducing “East of the Lake” Restaurant Chronicles

Introducing "East of the Lake" Restaurant Chronicles

Over the past five years Oakland's culinary reputation has skyrocketed, but The Town has always had [...]

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

Kill A Hipster, Save Your Hood

It's been several years since Oakland's DJ Treat-U-Nice first dropped his infamous "Kill a hipster, [...]