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As a bay area resident (by way of New York), Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist made his mark by curating top notch events featuring hip hop legends and supporting independent artists from the Bay and beyond. In 2000, his True Skool events won the "Best of the Bay" in the SF Bay Guardian. Ren has appeared on numerous publications, such as the XLR8R, 7x7, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, Mugshot and SF Magazine, to name a few. Since True Skool's inception in 1999, his online magazine and newsletter has served as a resource that covers hip hop history, politics, emerging artists and events. As a DJ, he has shared bills with world-renowned artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Red Alert, Q-Bert, Cut Chemist, DJ Premier, Wu-Tang Clan, Lupe Fiasco, Black Thought   >> READ MORE

 

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Jazmine Sullivan
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[Video] Filthy Rich @RealFilthyRich - Only My Plug Could Judge Me

Filthy Rich -  Only My Plug Could Judge MeYouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA7LiIGVH7oStream/Download Link:  http://www.audiomack.com/album/dj-smoke-mixtapes/only-my-plug-could-judge-meNew Music Video From Filthy RichDir. @Mr2CanonsTrack Produced By BruusFollow @RealFilthyRichNew Project Coming Soon!See More
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Serena Williams's Version of "7/11" Is a Grand Slam - Vogue

Our April cover star Serena Williams pulled a Beyoncé at the BallenIsles Country Club, practicing power shots and Bey-worthy dance moves to "7/11." Watch her...
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Outside Lands Festival feat. Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Billy Idol, G-Eazy... at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

August 7, 2015 at 11am to August 9, 2015 at 9:45pm
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 7-9Outside Lands FestivalMusic - Food - Wine - Beer - Art - ComedyFeaturing:Elton John Mumford & Sons The Black KeysSam SmithKendrick LamarWilcoAxwell & IngrossoTame ImpalaD’Angelo and The VanguardSt. VincentPorter RobinsonBen Harper & The Innocent CriminalsBilly IdolG-EazyHot ChipSlightly…See More
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Outside Lands Festival feat. Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Billy Idol, G-Eazy... at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

August 7, 2015 at 11am to August 9, 2015 at 9:45pm
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 7-9Outside Lands FestivalMusic - Food - Wine - Beer - Art - ComedyFeaturing:Elton John Mumford & Sons The Black KeysSam SmithKendrick LamarWilcoAxwell & IngrossoTame ImpalaD’Angelo and The VanguardSt. VincentPorter RobinsonBen Harper & The Innocent CriminalsBilly IdolG-EazyHot ChipSlightly…See More
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D'Angelo & Kendrick Lamar to Play Outside Lands 2015

Another Planet Entertainment just announced this year's Outside Lands Festival lineup on August 7-9.  Tickets go on sale via the festival’s website Thursday at 10am.Here's the complete lineup:Elton JohnMumford & SonsThe Black KeysSam SmithKendrick…See More
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Big Daddy Kane: Me, KRS, & Rakim Changed How People Rhymed

Grammy-winning rapper Big Daddy Kane recently sat down with VladTV and was challenged to create a list of Hip-Hop's 3 greatest MCs that did not include himself. Pausing to contemplate the challenge of not being able to include himself on the list,…
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The Essence ft Mr Ed Lover at 111 Minna

April 19, 2015 from 2pm to 8pm
Supabad Entertainment Presents: THE ESSENCE ( A Day Party Musical Journey )   Ft a LIVE Dj Set by  MR ED LOVER ( Yo MTV Raps ) Join us as we explore 'THE ESSENCE' of Ol Skool music with our special guest dj Mr Ed Lover, as he  takes you back Yo MTV Raps style with a classic Hip Hop dj set that we are sure you will enjoy. Get Your Early Bird Tickets Now before the price goes up. Also Ft: Pos Red & Supreme in the Mix  111 Minna Gallery  111 Minna St San Francisco  Sunday April 19th 2pm-8pm 21…See More
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Dissolver at ODC Dance Commons, SF, CA

May 8, 2015 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
From Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2014 comesDissolverFriday and Sunday, May 8th & 10th, 2015Friday at 8:30 PM                Sunday at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM                          ODC Theater’s Studio B, Shotwell Street (at 17th Street); SFTickets $15, General and $12 seniors and students available athttp://www.odcdance.org/performance.php?param=262…See More
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Divinyl Echo presents: BLESSED 6 Year Anniversary with two of the Bay's house musical treasures: RUBEN MANCIAS (Devotion - SF, NYC) PATRICK WILSON (Nulilfe - SF, Soultogether - London) at Somar Bar

April 4, 2015 at 9pm to April 5, 2015 at 2am
Divinyl Echo presents BLESSED 6 Year Anniversary with two of the Bay's house musical treasures:RUBEN MANCIAS (Devotion - SF, NYC)PATRICK WILSON (Nulilfe - SF, Soultogether - London)Smoothin' out the evening with a soulful variety of the Deep, the Uplifting, the Classic and the Fresh are your BLESSED residents - RAFI ACEVEDO and DISCAYA.The essentials:BLESSED - Saturday, April 4, 2015, 9 pm - 2 amYou!Ruben Mancias (12:15 - 1:45)Patrick Wilson (10:30 - 12:15)Discaya (9:00 - 10:30,…See More
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