Mara Hruby & Chris Turner Live at Yoshis

    Mara Hruby & Chris Turner Live at Yoshis

    On Tuesday night, Oakland natives Marah Hruby and Chris Turner blessed their native soil with an inspiring performance worthy of the historic Yoshis venue....

    Ben Harper, The Bay, And The Imprint Of Brownie’s Blues

    Ben Harper, The Bay, And The Imprint Of Brownie’s Blues

    “I’ve been coming to Oakland for years. I used to come up here quite often to listen to the blues legend Brownie McGhee. We used to sit in his garage and eat candy. And talk—...

    Nas Celebrates illmatic's 20th Anniversary in Oakland

    Nas Celebrates illmatic’s 20th Anniversary in Oakland

    I used to rewrite Nas' rhymes, replacing key words in his lines in order to make his verses apply to my life here in Oakland. On October 19th, 2014, I heard Nas make alterations t...

    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...

    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.

    Dope New Bay Area Music Videos

    The Bay Area is a vast region with an excess of talent. For some young muhfuckas with full-time jobs like us, it can be a lot to keep up with. And as much as it is our mission to contextualize the art that the Bay produces, many folks these days don’t […]

    Stoney: Pac, Bud and Hip-Hop

    By Pendarvis Harshaw The video for Stoney’s first single “Bumpin’ Makaveli” is just a glimpse into a lovely lady’s life of lively lyrics, laughs and lit cigars… She’s an East Oakland girl who likes Al Green, and weed. She’s […]

    Experience Oakland: Play Pick-Up Basketball

    We had teenagers, OGs, a police officer, rappers, writers, teachers, students, and a singer all playing on the same court. If ever you wanted a glimpse of Oakland’s richness and diversity, that afternoon at Mosswood would have been a great introduction.

    Beats Rhymes & Life: Hip-Hop, Mental Health, and Youth

    Somewhere in your music library, there’s a track that can get you through a rough spot in your day. There’s a lyric or a verse that speaks to you like no other. The beat drops and you feel like everything will be alright. And if you’re a writer, there’s […]

    Sports: A's Look To Have Another Magical Season

    It seems as though it was just a few weeks ago that I was sitting in the Coliseum with 20+ family members cringing as the A’s were dominated by the now overpaid Justin Verlander and the rest of the Tigers. It seemed a pretty anti-climatic way to end a […]

    40Love Drops Trippy New Video For "Think Too Much"

    Two MCs plus two DJs/producers equals San Francisco’s 40 Love. A good beat, plus rapid flows, plus trippy visuals, equal “Think Too Much.”  The treatment for this video could have been really simple. But then again, if you’re going to make a video, why […]

    New Video: Nu Dekades: "Do That There"

    Hip-hop lovers often reminsce. And while I love a good throwback, I like to focus my attention on present dopeness. Witness Exhibit A: Nu Dekades. RyanNicole and K.E.V. are dedicated MCs who put real time into their craft. It’s clear in their verses. […]

    Vell Taylor, His Mother, And The #SodaProject

    By Pendarvis Harshaw For the past four months, Vell Taylor has run around the streets of the greater Bay Area with a 2-liter bottle of orange soda. Taking pictures. Lots of pictures. Shots with security guards. Pictures with his patnas. Images with […]

    Azuré Brings Old School Flavor with "Slow Motion"

    Azuré has been quietly building both a buzz and a base this past year. You may have seen him spit at a show or even bobbed your head to his 2012 solo project, The Umbrella Theory like we did. Or perhaps you have seen him DJing for J. Lately and the HBK […]