The lineup for this year's Rock the Bells hip-hop festival has the likes of Snoop, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim and even the Wu-Tang Clan all performing classic hip-hop albums in their entirety. In our print edition this week, Tamara Palmer takes a look
back at each album's considerable legacy, and explains a few things to look for during each one's performance.
Maybe it wasn't always cool to listen to your parent's records -- that didn't stop Wavves' Nathan Williams, whose new album wraps Beach Boys-y pop influences, years of indie-rock grit, and even a sprinkle of hip-hop into a fine surf-punk burrito. Mark Keresman digs apart Williams' deep influences
, and writes that in a better world than ours, King of the Beach
could be more than just an indie hit.
Up-and-coming S.F. rappers like Roach Gigz, who is featured on Messy Marv's new Thizz City
compilation, were still in school when hyphy nearly blew up on the national scene -- and then didn't. Phillip Mlynar writes that Gigz
and a new generation of S.F. rappers are trying to figure out how to succeed where hyphy failed -- and are finding their own way in an Internet age where the path to big-time hip-hop stardom is still largely unclear.