hip hop

2:35pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Bay Area Beats

Bay Area Beats: Tyson Amir

 

Islam has a rich artistic heritage of architecture, design, music, painting, and poetry. Muslim poets like Rumi and Hafez are famous for a depth and beauty that defies time. Today, that poetic tradition is still strong. It's kept alive in what many may perhaps consider an unlikely place—urban America, through the genre of hip hop.

 

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4:41pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: Two artists fall in love

Jena McRae and David Schwirtz

Jena McRae, a dancer with the Embodiment Project, first met David "Dublin" Schwirtz, a vocalist with the Shotgun Wedding Quintet, during a rehearsal at the Treat Street Social Club. They sat down with StoryCorps and shared a few highlights of how their relationship evolved over time, into love.

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8:31am

Wed April 1, 2015
Digest

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gun crime drops in Oakland, according to new data // Contra Costa Times

"If it seemed like fewer nights were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire and sirens last year, that's not your imagination.

"Oakland, which in 2014 had its fewest homicides in 14 years, also saw a big reduction in one of the leading causes of murder: gunfire.

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3:00pm

Tue February 17, 2015
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Geary Buchanan

Geary Buchanan

Geary Buchanan is one of several socially conscious Bay Area hip-hop artists taking part in “An evening of audio resistance” tomorrow, February 18th. That’s taking place at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco. The event starts at 8pm.

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6:39pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Primordial and poetic: Hip hop according to Baraka Blue

Baraka Blue
Baraka Blue (Facebook Mobile Upload)

The religion of Islam has been showing up in hip hop and rap music for decades.  Artists like Mos Def are open about their Muslim faith, and how it influences their music. And there are many others too -- Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, and some members of the iconic 90s hi hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Similarly, hip hop artist Baraka Blue draws inspiration for his music from Sufi Islam. But unlike these artists who are African American -- he’s white.

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