Entries by Hip Hop Director

Does RnB Vampire, Trippie Redd, Have a Place in the Hip-Hop Canon?

With hip-hops rise into the dominant culture over the last decade, we are approaching an era of hip-hop reminiscent of the late 20th century with rock and roll. An overwhelming number of rappers are appearing and disappearing before our eyes – one hit wonders. Like Soft Cell and Dexy’s Midnight Runners (or rather “Tainted Love” […]

KZSC Interview: Grieves at the Catalyst

On November 10th 2017, KZSC Volunteer Forrest Murphy met up with Seattle rapper and producer Grieves for a pre show interview at the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. It took us a minute to get up on the blog but it’s finally here & ready for you! Peep it below.  

2017 Rolling Loud Bay Area Review

If you follow any hip hop news outlets, it’s been pretty hard to avoid Rolling Loud coverage. The festival has been getting quite a bit of attention, mostly focused around Lil B getting jumped backstage, and XXXtentacion attacking a fan during his set. KZSC hip hop DJs Jinx, Elbo and RIZ aka RSD were on […]

Hip-hop written within the Trump era, for the Trump era

As the great Nina Simone once said, “it’s the artist’s duty to reflect the times,” and in 2017, modern hip-hop artists from all over the country have acted on their duty and done just that: reflect the times. Here’s a playlist of my favorite hip hop released within the trump era, for the trump era. […]

Nef The Pharoah Interview & Concert Review

I caught Vallejo rapper, Nef The Pharoah last week during his Changuary Tour stop at the Catalyst. We talked about his extensive amount of vlogging done in high school, Nardwaur, and alcohols endorsed by other rap artists. Enjoy that and peep concert review below written by staff member, Riz Aliga. -Elbo Interview Riz gettin’ hyphy Concert […]