As the name that they go by suggests, The Hood Internet are quite clearly an act in thrall to the possibilities that the internet has opened up, these past few years, for hip hop as a genre; it’s especially true of alternative hip hop, whereby artists play by different rules and experiment more than the mainstream side of the style would really allow. The Chicago duo – comprised of ABX and STV SLV – were primarily concerned with mashing up other hip hop tracks to begin with, after they formed in 2007, but have since gone on to pursue original material, in the form of their one album to date, FEAT; the album features underground guest spots form the likes of Tobacco, Class Actress and Cadence Weapon. In addition, the pair have also pursued slightly sillier things, like Album Tacos, a series of photoshopped classic album covers with tacos covering the original content, but they’ve also played live sets, which has seen them mash up classic hip hop cuts in a slick and often comical manner; it’s little wonder, then, that they’ve managed to carve out a cult fanbase, one that’s no doubt eagerly awaiting the next move from the duo in the studio.
Def Jux / Ninja Tune production wizard BLOCKHEAD has made and then broken quite a few molds in the worlds of trip hop, hip hop, and midtempo breakbeat over his 10+ year career, including productions for Aesop Rock, Murs, Cage, Mike Ladd, and others plus multiple solo albums.
San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J Boogie continues to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 20-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language he created integrating techniques and musical genres including downtempo, dub, hip–hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro, bass, tropical, dubstep and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans on their feet, J-Boogie continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one-of-a-kind style.
Anyone’s who’s been paying attention to what’s left of SF’s party scene knows to look no further than Marcellus. As a purveyor of the best parties in the city, Marcellus has been instrumental to the resurgence of quality rap, R&B & throwback nights for SF. As a DJ, Marcellus has supported acts like A-Trak, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Jon, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Theophilus London, Flying Lotus, Ginuwine and so many more at venues like Mezzanine, 1015 folsom, Harlot, Candy Rain, Feels and that after hours with Diplo you heard about the next day you knew you should have gone to.Known to never take things too seriously, Marcellus’s parties and DJ sets break free from standard club nights, encouraging the dance floor to stop making it weird, and start getting on his level.