Azure searches for peace on new album, ‘Godspeed’

Down 2 Earth's Azure dug deep for his latest project, "Godspeed," out now. As one-third of the standout Oakland trio hearkening back to the Town's conscious hip-hop heyday, an introspective Azure isn't all that unfamiliar but the exploration of self and sound shows throughout "Godspeed"'s 10 tracks. Tapping inwardly (and into a collective of his fellow music buds including Drew Banga, P-Lo, JR Jarris, Iamsu!, Mike Gao), Azure has hella questions — but isn't that what modern life in the Bay Area is like, anyway? Even among the most tumultuous times, Azure delivers the vibe, throwing caution to the wind [...]

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Mixtape: Over a dozen of the Bay Area’s best new and emerging rap artists

(Originally posted at KQED Arts) Download: Mixtape: Over a Dozen of the Bay Area's Best New and Emerging Rap Artists (Podcast #386) We haven't done a deep dive into the independent hip-hop scene in some time, but that certainly isn't due to a lack of new local rap talent. While artists like Iamsu and G-Eazy are among the latest Bay ambassadors to have gained mainstream attention, many exciting and relatively unknown MCs are emerging out of the San Francisco Bay Area. This mixtape collects 13 songs showcasing some of the best emerging rappers from the Bay. As you'll hear [...]

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