.D'Andre Ball

Needle on the Record
Oct 31, 2023

Needle on the Record

EMPIRE is a San Francisco-based record label, distribution and publishing company. On Oct. 16, to honor 50 years of hip-hop, it celebrated Bay Area...
Jul 26, 2023


Killer Mike talks about Black enclaves, Southern roots and his new album MICHAEL Many Black people in the Bay Area have seen more than a...
Jul 19, 2023

Bay Area Blueprint

Artist Capolow and manager Russell North rap the way forward The Bay Area rap community has always been guided by entrepreneurial savviness and artist independence....
May 24, 2023

Madison McFerrin

Songs of hope and forgiveness On May 12, singer, songwriter and producer Madison McFerrin released her debut album, I Hope You Can Forgive Me. This...
Mar 8, 2023

Raps to Riches

J. Stalin, Livewire Records CEO, talks about his new album, reflects on his 20-year rap career and fatherhood On an uncharacteristically frigid Saturday evening in...
Jan 18, 2023

GZA’s Genius Comes to Oakland

The pioneering member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan comes to Yoshi’s to rock mics and move rooks  Among the list of legendary solo album releases...
Jan 4, 2023

What’s the Rap in Oakland?

Meet The Town’s emerging rap innovators  It’s a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking to meet rapper and producer Ovrkast. at Part 2 Gallery in downtown...
Nov 30, 2022

Living the Glamorous Life

Oakland native Sheila E. returns to where it all began  I first learned of Sheila E. almost 25 years ago as a young kid stuck...