“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—...
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...
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...
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...
Read the notes Oaklanders are writing to their beloved city, and submit your own! Shoot us your story, celebration or plea to Oakland at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Notes to Oakland” in the subject.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 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 [...]
Given Oakland’s legendary sports history, it’s almost criminal that the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) hasn’t had a Hall of Fame to recognize it’s amazing public high school athletes. Thankfully, that all changed this past weekend inside the Oakland Coliseum’s Courtside Club.