Elujay takes on a whole new R&B direction on “Adojio”

Elujay's 2016 rap love letter to Oakland Jentrify set him on a path as another local force to watch out for. After two years of collecting nods from Billboard, Fader, and Okayplayer, and even booking a feature on the popular COLORS Berlin series, a string of loosies hinted at a full-on pivot away from rap which has come to fruition in his newest project, Adojio, out today. Despite being only 22 years old, Adojio proves what an old soul Elujay is. Warm and experimental, tracks like "Get U" and "Spaceships" forgoes theme, formalities or cohesion for the sake of creativity [...]

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Mixtape: The Bay Area’s Standout Hip Hop and R&B Producers

This episode first ran on KQED.org. Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Standout Hip Hop and R&B Producers (Podcast #426) The Bay Area's vibrant hip hop and R&B scenes include a wealth of talented MCs and singers, but it's often easy to forget the important behind-the-scenes role that music producers play in crafting great songs. A skilled producer doesn't just provide a instrumental backdrop for an artist to showcase their craft; instead, the best producers elevate their artists, adding emphasis that highlights a song's melodic immediacy or depth that demands repeat listens. This mixtape showcases a dozen songs from local hip [...]

Julia Lewis teams up with Elujay for “On the Regular”

Even though Julia Lewis has been permeating from Bay Area speakers for the better part of these last few years — think Rexx Life Raj’s “Handheld GPS” and a handful of songs from Caleborate’s 1993 — his next goal is to become a household name on his own right, following in the footsteps of several Bay Area behind-the-boards producers turned center-stage artists (P-Lo and Iamsu, to ring a bell). Today, he releases “On the Regular,” the first from a packet of forthcoming releases with Elujay, the 21-year-old Oakland rapper whose last project Jentrify made waves and caught the attention of [...]

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Best of 2016: Pranav Trewn’s Bay Area Rap Hall of Fame

You’ll probably hear that 2016 hip-hop belonged to Atlanta. This is the year the region’s most prominent ambassadors cemented their status as national icons. Young Thug released three increasingly excellent commercial mixtapes that culminated with his greatest work yet, this summer’s JEFFERY, which nabbed him a handful of radio staples with “Digits” and the Travis Scott-assisted “Pick Up The Phone” along the way. Meanwhile, Future became a verifiable festival-topper, Drake tour mate, and bona fide rock star, landing his very own Rolling Stone cover over the summer. 2016 also saw the breakthroughs of sure-to-be career artists in 21 Savage and [...]

Live This Month: October 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/LTM_October_2016.mp3 Download: Live This Month: October 2016 (Podcast #394) Support for this podcast is provided by Goldstar. Visit their web site at goldstar.com/thebaybridged In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This episode kicks off with a song from Tycho, one of many great acts performing at the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival. From Saturday opener Kamaiyah through Sunday closer Sigur Rós, both days are stacked at the tenth installment of one of our favorite annual events. The fact that this year's fest [...]

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