Erk Tha Jerk Is In The Kitchen, Ladies and Gentlemen

    Erk Tha Jerk Is In The Kitchen, Ladies and Gentlemen

    As children, very few of us wanted to eat our vegetables. I would try to convince my mom "my vegetable shelf (of my stomach) is full, but my dessert shelf is empty." That never wor...

    Mick Jenkins Fights The Drought with "The Water[s]"

    Mick Jenkins Fights The Drought with “The Water[s]“

    My little brother just put me on to the south side Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins. He wanted me to be as juiced about Mick as he was, so he led off by texting me a Boy Meets World re...

    Will Travel for Music (...or Chasing Kris Bowers)

    Will Travel for Music (…or Chasing Kris Bowers)

    Friday night, as the line for Kris Bowers curved corners, my heart sank. After an hour drive, and months of being hyped, it looked like I wasn't going to see my latest musical fave...

    The Honor Roll Presents "The Champagne Room"

    The Honor Roll Presents “The Champagne Room”

    When DJ Tap.10 dropped his Champagne Soul mix in 2011, he was introducing a sub-genre that he and his Honor Roll brethren had diagnosed years earlier. The 80s R&B that fit the ...

    Notes To Oakland
    To kick off our new community series, Notes to Oakland, we are sharing a note from Alma Jurado. She came by the 38thnotes table at the Temescal Street Fair and shared this appreciation for Oakland men. I humbly accept her compliment on behalf of all Oakland men, and echo her remarks to The Town’s women as well. Whether you are into men, women or both, as this Indian summer settles over the Bay Area, we are bound to witness the best The O has to offer. Thank you for sharing, Alma!

    Read the notes Oaklanders are writing to their beloved city, and submit your own! Shoot us your story, celebration or plea to Oakland at with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.

    Nate: "C.O.T.C. (Children of the Concrete)"

    San Francisco emcee Nate (aka Nate the Great) has built his reputation by sharing honest reflections of a blue collar kid traversing adolescence in the Sco. His youthful introspection stands in stark contrast to the glorified hood-rich stuntin’ that permeates [...]

    SiairaShawn: Ghost EP

    It’s a wonderful thing to watch an artist grow, especially when you love how they’ve grown. In the spring of 2010, SiairaShawn dropped The In Between EP. Throughout the years she’s experimented with her sound a bit, but always provided content that [...]

    Chris Turner: "This Christmas"

    It doesn’t snow here, but there are plenty of things to signal “the most wonderful time of year.” As soon as I hear Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” I’m ready for holiday feasts, gifts, and a drive down Picardy Drive to see the lights. I usually [...]

    Home Field Advantage: Oakland – The City That Changed The Face of Sports

    My father has been talking about the amazing history of Oakland sports for as long as I can remember. Every night at the kitchen table the whole family was given history lessons about the local legends who collectively told the Oakland story. There [...]

    Oakland's Vocal Rush Is Turning Heads on NBC's "The Sing Off"

    Never underestimate Oakland youth. If I’ve learned anything as a high school educator in Oakland, it’s that our young people are strong, intelligent, and talented. Case in point? Vocal Rush, an impressive student acapella group from the Oakland School [...]

    Scott La Rockwell Shoots Dreams Deferred in East Oakland

    When you cruise through Oakland, you see some vintage automotive gems gleaming on chrome rims or gold spokes. Candy-painted Stangs, Cougs, Chevelles and El Caminos shine like turf prisms; hood rich testaments to pride amidst struggle. You also see [...]

    East of the Lake: Loard's Ice Cream

    Most Fridays after school, my mom or my aunt would take my brother, my cousin, and I to Loard’s Ice Cream on MacArthur Blvd in East Oakland’s Dimond District for ice cream cones. In those days I was a Rainbow Sherbet fiend, Lara was a Mint Chip girl, [...]

    Childish Gambino Serenades an Oakland Girl on "Telegraph Ave"

    “Now I’m drivin’ up the 5 and she waits till I arrive in Oakland, in Oakland.” It was a late night discovery. A Childish Gambino song by the name of “Telegraph Ave” was posted on DJ Platurn’s facebook page affixed with a description that read, “random.” [...] Airline Stewardess

    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 underdog city, you love everyone who is putting on for your city by proxy. I’ve known Marshawn Lynch since we attended high school together at Oakland Tech. [...]