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Straight Outta’ Kuwait

Straight Outta' Kuwait

Jasmine Williams

November 2, 2015

Haidar Abu al Hasan (left) and Ahmad al Sumait (right) co-founders of Above All Elements studios pose for a portrait outside of the Honey Hive storefront in the Sunset. Photo by Imani Miller By Jasmine Williams [dropcap size="50px"]S[/dropcap]eated in front of a mixer to check the levels in preparation for his next...

Beats n’ Stuff #12: The Throwbacks

Positive K accosts a lady in hopes that she'll want him. Not happening.

Caty McCarthy

April 6, 2015

Positive K accosts a lady in hopes that she'll want him. Not happening. (Screenshot from his music video "I Got A Man")   Ah, throwbacks. The songs that make parties come alive with joy, bad dancing, and inaccurate lip-synching. Luckily, new San Francisco radio station Q102.1 has all th...

‘93 ‘Til Infinity touches a new generation

Fayola Perry

March 16, 2015

Students and faculty alike were buzzing as they gathered in the small lobby area in front of Francis Coppola theatre last month for a private screening of the documentary "'93 'Til Infinity: Celebrating 20 Years of Souls of Mischief." For some of the students, the iconic song "'93 'Til Infinity" was re...

Beats N’ Stuff #2: hiphoppin’

Beats N' Stuff #2: hiphoppin'

Caty McCarthy

September 30, 2014

Hello everyone! This week’s playlist theme is “hiphoppin’”, which will explore just that, hip-hop (and trip-hop too I guess). Hip-Hop’s evolved a lot over time, from the smooth rhymes of A Tribe Called Quest to the harsh beats of Dr. Dre to the melancholic yet insanely popular Drake. Th...

Beats N’ Stuff #1: rad remixes

Caty McCarthy

September 15, 2014

Greetings! I’m Caty McCarthy, a 21-year-old student here at San Francisco State University (obviously). For the next few months, I’ll be blogging every other week about music I dig. I have a pretty broad taste in tunes, from J-Pop to Hip-Hop to K-Indie to Alternative, so I’m hoping that t...

The Beginning and End as Far as Rap Goes*

Xpress Mag Staff

April 7, 2014

Written by Katie Mullen Photos by Lorisa Salvatin To define hip-hop as a musical genre and culture is to make sense of an oxymoron. The true essence of hip-hop resides on the continuum between intention and interpretation. Hip-hop reflects, and always will reflect, the people that surround it. Drastic differ...

Rapper goes AWOL

Rapper goes AWOL

Xpress Mag Staff

September 16, 2013

By Ivane Lund SoyomboPhotography by Ryan Leibrich  As soon as AWOL steps on stage he commands the attention of the crowd in the semi-packed strip mall bar, Park 77. It’s his first solo show, and the crowd watching him is an odd mix of his peers and sports enthusiasts still trying to figure out why th...

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