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Original Big Nose Rapper

The 1991 Digital Underground single, “The Humpty Dance,” had people getting down all over the dance floor. It was a huge hit and finally solidified Digital Underground’s relevance in hip-hop. However, little do people know, ringleader Shock G actually is a multi-talented artist that produced Tupac’s breakthrough single, “I Get Around” and his first album, 2Pacalypse Now.

Born Gregory E. Jacobs, Shock G,...


Headed Underground: 2013 Music Predictions

Here it is, the most well-read, if not the most controversial, article of the year -- a clairvoyant peek into untapped regions of time to ponder what will happen musicwise in the Year of Our Lord 2013.

But before we get to that, let’s see how well I did with last year’s predictions:

2012 Prediction: Vinyl record sales will peak in 2012 and then begin to flatten out as the novelty wears thin.

Reality:...


Just A Girl

Before No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani started whining about being “just a girl,” another blonde-haired, blue-eyed 19-year-old was beginning her career as front woman for local ska band, Jimmy Skaffa. Formed in 1992 by ex-members of local ska bands Knuckle Junction and Porkpie Conspiracy, Jimmy Skaffa kept adding members until it consisted of 16 different people on the roster, including singer Robin Goodwin, although she...


Gifts of Music

Playing With Fire promoter Jeff Davis has two more concerts planned to generate funds for his tenth anniversary summer event planned for the weekend of July 13, 2013. Feb. 9 at Slowdown, Davis presents Cassie Taylor & the Soul Cavalry opening for Ben Poole. Davis says, “Poole is from Brighton, England, and is currently the hot ticket in Europe. He won third at the 2012 European Blues Challenge in Berlin. In my...


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