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Love For the Bay: Ivy Leegue’s Niko Villamor talks about his new singles and his Bay Area beginnings Love For the Bay: Ivy Leegue’s Niko Villamor talks about his new singles and his Bay Area beginnings
By Troy Espera, Photos by Kyle Monk

Born in Berkeley and raised in San Francisco, Niko Villamor still claims the Bay with native pride despite living in Atlanta for the past decade. Representing one-fourth of Atlanta hip-hop collective Ivy Leegue, Villamor returns to his roots charged with a mission.
Dissecting the Incipient American Apocalypse: A conversation with El-P Dissecting the Incipient American Apocalypse: A conversation with El-P
By James Monroe Adams IV, Photos by Gretchen Robinette

El-P is seated in front of me. He is nursing a new tattoo. He is obviously wanting to be anywhere but here. However, I have his attention for 15 minutes, and what follows is what arose from our encounter...
A dream deferred? A dream deferred?
By Zoneil Maharaj, Photos by Angelica Flores and Steve Wake

East Oakland Community High School, a school with a progressive perspective and radical approach to education, has had a tumultuous three-year history. This is their saga, broken into four parts...
Sisterz of the Underground Sisterz of the Underground
By Dylan Silver | Photos by Steven Simonetti

The Sisterz of the Underground, an all-female hip hop collective of b-girls, DJs, artists and designers, build a support network in a male-dominated culture.
Heroes in Razorblade City Heroes in Razorblade City
By Zoneil Maharaj

It's not just kids who can learn something from the Lifesavas. The trio continues their mission as humble, positive, socially conscious artists whose creativity stretches wider than the collective overgrown egos of today's pop-rap stars. If you haven't already, start taking notes…
Cleaning blood, brains and bird shit: Somebody's gotta do it... Cleaning blood, brains and bird shit: Somebody's gotta do it...
By Anna Elledge & Photos by James Monroe Adams IV

Dan Lombardi’s first week at Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. involved removing 20 years and nearly 70 yards of pigeon guano from an abandoned theatre. The next week it was picking up the gray matter of a roofer who had slipped and died…
KEEP IT ALIVE: An Interview with Kero One KEEP IT ALIVE: An Interview with Kero One
By Len Vinas & Photos by John Coyne

OH DANG! sits down with producer, rapper and deejay Kero One to talk about his musical career, influences and growing up in a Korean household
The Mystery of Chess-Hoppin' The Mystery of Chess-Hoppin'
By Zoneil Maharaj

In this battle, it doesn’t matter how fast you can freak a fader or how quick-witted your punchlines are, it comes down to patience, logic and precise decision-making. This is Hip Hop, Chess and Life Strategies – the world’s first hip hop chess tournament…
Boac: Still Banging Out the Classics Boac: Still Banging Out the Classics
By Donna Tam & Photos by Constance Cavellas

BOAC’s a man that’s got spunk. He spews energy and he just can’t stop cheesing for the camera. As we talk, there’s a video camera...
Hip hop gets a symphonic mash-up Hip hop gets a symphonic mash-up
By Gary Moskowitz & Photos by Colleen Cummins

Musicians on turntables, saxophones, clarinets, congas, trombone, upright bass, electric bass, samplers, drums, keys, violins, viola and cello perform for audiences what the group’s MC calls “a mash-up of everything we can cram into hip hop.”
Destroying submission, one band at a time Destroying submission, one band at a time
By Gary Moskowitz & Photos by Nathan Weyland

Skerik has chops for days. He can play for hours, and thinks nothing of playing a gig until three in the morning. The tenor saxophone, in his hands, is strong, loud and powerful. It can also be soft and melodic, then spastic and distorted.
A Palestinian State of Mind A Palestinian State of Mind
By Kimberly Castillo and Erika Estrada & Photos by Alan Fackler and Joanne Toth

Members of the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State University use hip hop to convey a message of Palestinian struggle.
Another Sound Mission Another Sound Mission
By Asiana Ponciano

Crown City Rockers go through their soundtrack as if it were a memorized dance. The perfect sound each group member is trying to strive for by undergoing a tedious sound check results in what the group feels propels their success – a rocking hip hop show...
Superhero to save Oakland...and mankind Superhero to save Oakland...and mankind
By Gary Moskowitz

Orlando Harding did something nobody’s ever done before. The Bay Area native created a comic book superhero that fights evil in Oakland.
King Dork King Dork
By Gary Moskowitz

Frank Portman aka "Doctor Frank," is the lead singer of the Mr. T Experience and has the band he played in for more that twenty years. A friend who had seen his band play as a kid and was a fan of the lyrics suggested Portman try writing a book. Suddenly things changed for Doctor Frank…
Sky's The Limit Sky's The Limit
By Summer Sewell

Skyler Clay was waiting for a breakthrough to catapult his clothing line, Kama 4k, to the level it deserved to be. He was building a solid rep in the clothing industry and creating a signature style. His days of being a talented servant were behind him, he thought. But he was wrong….
Revolutionary Rap Revolutionary Rap
By Zoneil Maharaj

Immortal Technique encapsulates the same radical voice as the political pioneers of hip hop within his stout and stocky frame. Hip hop, as he says later, is not the end-all agenda for Immortal Technique. He aims to educate and inform listeners about the issues that mainstream media are afraid to address, and hopes his message gets to the public by any means.
Reinventing the Steel Reinventing the Steel
By Zoneil Maharaj

The Native Guns are more than just another rap group in the oversaturated genre of hip hop – they’re radical activists with the hammer cocked, taking aim at the struggles facing today’s youth by utilizing their past experiences to promote social change.
Shootin' the shit with P.O.S. Shootin' the shit with P.O.S.
By Sam Devine

P.O.S stands for several things, among them Piece of Shit, Promise of Stress, and Pissed Off Stef. But if you really wanna know what and who P.O.S. is, you better click here!
Civil Service: An interview with the Typical Cats Civil Service: An interview with the Typical Cats
By Zoneil Maharaj

Don’t let the name fool you, the Typical Cats are anything but typical…
Bunnies and skulls and skateboards, oh my! A Q&A with Jeremy Fish Bunnies and skulls and skateboards, oh my! A Q&A with Jeremy Fish
By Zoneil Maharaj

An interview with artist Jeremy Fish discussing his artwork and his recent collabo with Aesop Rock.

RECENT STORIES

Love For the Bay: Ivy Leegue’s Niko Villamor talks about his new singles and his Bay Area beginnings
Dissecting the Incipient American Apocalypse: A conversation with El-P
A dream deferred?
Sisterz of the Underground
Heroes in Razorblade City
Cleaning blood, brains and bird shit: Somebody's gotta do it...
KEEP IT ALIVE: An Interview with Kero One
The Mystery of Chess-Hoppin'
Boac: Still Banging Out the Classics
Hip hop gets a symphonic mash-up

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