Mar 10

More than 20 years after the release of the album,  Kool Keith & Dan The Automator did their first live shows as Dr. Octagon at The Independent in San Francisco and the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.  They were joined by DJ Qbert who was a critical part of the original album (and Del the Funky Homosapien in SF and Mix Master Mike in LA).

You have one more chance to catch them when they perform at Soundset in May which coincides with a deluxe box set of Dr. Octagonecologyst (Get on Down).  Check out a couple of videos from the LA show (these had the least amount of people’s heads and singing along).


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Feb 25

Fat Beats was always one of my first stops on a trip to NYC in the 90s.  Joe Abajian, the founder, is bringing some gems from his collection as well as some rare hip hop paraphernalia to a record sale at Rappcats.

Saturday, February 25, 2017, Noon-6

5638 York Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90042

For a brief history of Fat Beats, read more on Rappcats.

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Feb 13

In case you missed…some new spring arrivals from REBEL8.

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Feb 10

Akomplice has renewed their efforts to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. They have donated profits from this capsule collection to the tribe.  You can find pieces from the collection here.

The current route of construction takes the pipeline through many sacred religious and cultural sites, including burial sites of their ancestors. In addition, the pipeline is supposed to go under Lake Oahe, which would greatly jeopardize the tribe’s water supply. Water is life for all people and we must help to protect this finite resource. Other Native tribes and people of all races and creeds from around the world have traveled to show their support and stand along side the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This is not the first time that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has had their land seized by the government. In 1877 Congress removed the Sacred Black Hills from the Great Sioux Reservation. The U.S. Supreme Court later responded to this action of Congress by stating, “A more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealings will never, in all probability, be found in our history.” Please join us and stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We must help keep their land and water safe and demand that our government respect their sovereignty.





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Jan 13

Youth Speaks is celebrating 20 Years of Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, January 16th, 2017 at the Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St, SF.  The presale tickets have sold out, but there are a limited number of tickets that will be available at the door at 6:30pm the night of the show.

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Jan 04

2016 saw the passing of many legendary musicians.  Peanut Butter Wolf did a great series of mixes summing up the musical loss from last year.  We’ve had them on repeat this week…

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Dec 31

photo by Kevin Moore

2016 has been a decidedly difficult year for most people…we would be remiss if we let the year pass without acknowledging the death of someone close to TGP.

We met Mike Pinkney aka Mike the Mover around 2002 when we were located in Berkeley.  At the time, he was doing jobs for VC groups and a number of notable Bay Area families.  He started out giving us extra furniture, and then he helped us move our warehouse to Oakland (and later Alameda).   He had an extensive knowledge of wiring and completely rewired two separate offices for us.

Mike would always tell us stories about his life…growing up in New York with neighbors like Lena Horne, moving out west, working for much of his life at Pac Bell, and losing one of his children in a terrible accident.  He was a biker who enjoyed having an Irish Coffee at Brennans. He survived cancer and rehabbed himself after a stroke.

We will miss his kindness and wit, rest easy Mike.

Dec 27

Lyrics Born joins Blackalicious for a few year-end shows.

Dec 28 The Fillmore, SF
Dec 30 Nectar Lounge, Seattle
Dec 31 Star Theater, Portland


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Dec 21

Christmas came early: Dave Paul is giving you a free download of all 7 volumes of Bomb Hip Hop’s Return of the DJ series.

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Dec 16

Rappcats is releasing a new Madvillain vinyl figure with a bonus 7″ of the song, “Avalanche”.  Hop over to to preorder.




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