Friday, July 22, 2016

This Weekend's Top Six Events

July 22, 23 & 24

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 6:58 AM

It's about time you get off the internet — there's only so many articles you can read about Taylor Swift's fight with Kimye before your brain starts to deteriorate. That's science. To help, here are six ways to distract yourself this weekend:

Too $hort. - RONALD DAVIS
  • Ronald Davis
  • Too $hort.
The Summer Classic Featuring Too $hort and Fat Joe 
From “Freaky Tales” to “Blow the Whistle” to “Shake That Monkey” to “The Ghetto,” Too $hort’s contributions to Oakland music over the past three decades have been monumental. The rapper, who began his career in the Eighties, has given the Town slick-talking pimp rap, hyphy slaps and twerk anthems, and protest songs. He’s exceedingly prolific even to this day. He performs on Saturday at Regency Ballroom for The Summer Classic, a huge blowout that also features Fat Joe and an epic roster of supporting acts. Local favorites J Stalin, Philthy Rich, Rayven Justice, Rexx Life Raj, D-Lo, Show Banga, and Tay Way are on the bill, as well as Young Dolph and D.R.A.M., of “Cut It” and “Cha Cha” fame, respectively. — Nastia Voynovskaya
Sat., July 23, 8:30 p.m. The Regency Ballroom (1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco). $29.50-$45.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$ Tour at Fox Theatre on Sale Tomorrow

by Nick Miller
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM

If you don't blame Schoolboy Q for sparking the noxious trend of basic bros in bucket hats, you should. I personally will never forgive Schoolboy for this (same for his slothful, sexist ballad "Studio"). Yet I feel like it is my journalistic duty to point out that Schoolboy and Joey Bada$$'s fall tour will pass through the Fox Theater on October 13, and tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 21, at 10 a.m.

For those of you who can't stop listening to "Collard Greens," you're welcome. (Also, it's time to move on.)
Less buckets.
  • Less buckets.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Elujay Teams Up with Caleborate and Samaria for "We Don't Mind"

by Nastia Voynovskaya
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

  • Elujay.
We form the most gratifying relationships with people who accept us for being ourselves — that's the key takeaway from "We Don't Mind," Elujay's latest single featuring Samaria and Caleborate from his upcoming album, Jentrify

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Rapper Elujay Is Making Protest Songs for a New Generation

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This Video About Oakland's Shade Zine Is Your Daily Dose of Inspiration

by Nastia Voynovskaya
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Azha Ayanna Luckman and Apryl Fuentes are the founders of Shade Magazine. - COURTESY MANCY GANT
  • Courtesy Mancy Gant
  • Azha Ayanna Luckman and Apryl Fuentes are the founders of Shade Magazine.
Shade Zine is a lot of things — it's a blog rife with eye-catching photos and plenty of other original content; a publisher of limited-edition zines and merchandise; and an IRL curatorial platform.

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Blossoming Online: How Shade Magazine Came to Be

Founded by best friends, room mates, and over-all partners in crime Azha Luckman and Apryl Fuentes, Shade has built its large online and local following through its carefully stylized aesthetic (think pastel-hued, with just the right balance of geometric minimalism and vintage kitsch), as well as its mission to amplify the voices and visions of young artists of color of various gender expressions and sexualities. 

Project 1324 recently did a mini-documentary on the women behind Shade, where they give some insight about what it means to be a multifaceted creative with many hustles. Watch below for your daily dose of inspiration.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Kamaiyah's New Mini-Doc Follows Her Journey to Rap Fame

by Rayanne Piaña
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM

  • Kamaiyah.

You might know Kamaiyah from her breakout banger, "How Does it Feel." But if you haven't already heard of the Oakland MC, you're about to. 2016 has been Kamaiyah's year. Her debut mixtape, A Good Night in the Ghetto, quickly rose to popular and critical acclaim, and her success in the rap game has so far landed her a feature on YG's new single "Why You Always Hatin?" alongside Drake. And at her sold-out, first headlining show at The New Parish last month, she revealed that she recently signed deal with Interscope Records.

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This Weekend's Top Five Events

July 15, 16 & 17

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Since it's apparently this has been the week to reveal your endorsements, the Express would like to officially announce our endorsements for the top five things to do this weekend: 

  • G. Charles
Beast Crawl 
Beast Crawl is back for its fifth literary pub crawl extravaganza on July 16 from 5–9 p.m. (with after parties from 9:30–11:30). For the uninitiated, Beast Crawl is Oakland’s scrappier and edgier answer to San Francisco’s LitQuake — which means it’s a festival of literary events that takes place all around the city. (Millenial translation: It’s like Pokemon Go, except instead of combative creatures, you’re catching literary experiences). Beast Crawl is split up into three hour-long legs separated by half-hour breaks. During each leg, about thirteen events take place at venues all over downtown Oakland — everywhere from Econo Jam on 25th Street to E.M. Wolfman on 13th Street. The events are all free, and they highlight pockets of the East Bay literary scene by featuring shows curated by publishers and organizations — such as Pandemonium Press, Youth Radio, Brown people Don’t Read?, and Lyrics & Dirges. There are a lot of choices to choose from, but typically, wherever you find yourself will be entertaining. — Sarah Burke
July 16, 5–9 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rapper Int'l Hay Sús Takes a Stand with "Black Panther Rebels"

by Nastia Voynovskaya
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Int'l Hay Sús (R). - DEPHKHAN
  • Dephkhan
  • Int'l Hay Sús (R).
Rapper Int'l Hay Sús has taken it upon himself to organize for positive change. His community service collective, The Black Neighborhood, has been hosting grocery, shoe, and clothing giveaways at the People's Baptist Church in East Oakland, providing free essential goods for the area's most vulnerable populations.  

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Rapper Int'l Hay Sús Seeks to Unify #TheBlackNeighborhood

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Short Doc Shows Life in a Bay Area SRO

'Home is a Hotel' by East Bay filmmakers Kevin D. Wong and Todd Sills tells the story of a single immigrant mother living in a San Francisco SRO.

by Sarah Burke
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 5:34 PM

As the Express recently reported, Oakland's number of SRO hotels has swiftly been dwindling as developers are buying them up to convert them into boutique hotels or apartments with rent prices out of reach for low-income tenants. SROs typically serve as affordable housing for people who can't afford more stable options. Many cities, such as San Francisco, have laws in place to protect SROs — but Oakland does not. 

A ten-minute documentary by East Bay residents Kevin D. Wong and Todd Sills, however, highlights how, even for SRO tenants who aren't facing eviction, life can already be a struggle. Home is a Hotel is a tender portrait of a Chinese immigrant living in an SRO in San Francisco with her daughter — highlighting the ways in which the housing opportunity offers an option for people, such as immigrants, who may need some time to get on their feet financially. The piece, which was filmed in 2014, ends by noting that in the year and a half since its filming, the average rental price of an SRO has increased 45%. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

'Generation of Oakland' Documents Impacts of Displacement Through Touching Interviews

by Rayanne Piaña
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 9:49 AM

  • Bert Johnson
  • Nia Imara.
Last year, Oakland-born artist and astrophysicist Nia Imara began documenting the stories of individuals impacted by gentrification in her multimedia passion project, Generation of Oakland: The People's Portrait. Imara and her team of interviewers and volunteers photographed and gathered the intimate stories of Oakland residents, including parents, children, community organizers, business owners, and students.

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Nia Imara Captures the Faces of Oakland's Housing Crisis

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Friday, July 8, 2016

This New P-Lo Track Is "So Right" For Your Summer Playlist

by Rayanne Piaña
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 3:15 PM

  • Bert Johnson
  • P-Lo.
This morning, HBK Gang rapper and producer P-Lo surprised fans with three new tracks, announcing the drop via a succinct tweet that read, "New music coming right now doe," followed by links to his Soundcloud.

In his new song "So Right," P-Lo is on his way to steal your girl. It tells a rapper's timeless tale of forbidden passion: wanting another man's woman, who just happens to want him back — and even though it feels so wrong, it feels so right.

Produced by Kuya Beats and Zack Mack, the track balances party-paced high-hats and pounding bass with intricate riffs played across the frets of a nylon-stringed guitar. The guitar adds an acoustic, throwback vibe to P-Lo's smooth-talking rhymes (think Nelly's "Ride Wit Me" if Nelly were from the Bay).

"So Right" is a collaboration with rising Oakland R&B singer Samaria. Her emotive vocals give the song's hook a bright, sensual melody that's hard not to sway to.

The song is warm, light-hearted, and has a beat that slaps. It's the perfect reason to add some P-Lo to your summer playlist if you haven't already.

Correction: This article previously didn't mention Zack Mack as a co-producer of "So Right."

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