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...

    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...

    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.

    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 [...]

    Oakland Athletic League Inducts First Hall-of-Fame Class

    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.

    The Bay Is For Lovers: V-day Inspired Music

    Every year on Valentines Day, a bunch of artists and DJs drop songs and mixes inspired by love, the pursuit of it, or the bitter fall out from it. It’s a bittersweet time of year all the way around, but the roller-coaster ride of love has always generated [...]