Main Attrakionz

Ladies and gentleman, hip-hop 2012: Kitty Pryde, Main Attrakionz, Hottub

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Concurrent downlow Rusty Lazer set across the bridge at Ruby Room notwithstanding, Y3K at DNA Lounge was the place to be for hip-hop in the Bay Area on Friday night. This is a disputable claim, given the hordes of Youtube haters that run amok over headliner Kitty Pryde's channel. But a Hottub-Main Attrakionz-Pryde 1-2-3 punch will tell you more about where hip-hop is today than any number of shows by more universally-accepted rappers. Read more »

Main Attrakionz

On the Rise: East Bay rappers blow puffs of cloud-rap

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Why is Oakland's Main Attrakionz (www.mainattrakionz.com) on the rise? It's because everybody's talking about it, and with good reason. Last year's massive 808s & Dark Grapes II mixtape wowed the underground hip-hop world, and with every passing month the act — rapper-producer Squadda B and rapper Mondre M.A.N. — catches the attention of yet another publication, and yet another rising producer — there have been collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Clams Casino, Kool A.D. of Das Racist and Danny Brown, among others.Read more »

Live Shots: Main Attrakionz and G-Side at Independent

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Despite all the local and national attention Oakland's “Best Duo Ever” Main Attrakionz has been receiving lately, the Independent was less populated than I expected last Tuesday night. It was an appreciative bunch, however, with a handful of bloggers and collaborators joining fans to show the act love. Read more »

Clouded: Oakland’s Main Attrakionz rise up from the fog

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Maybe it’s the dreamy, celestial quality of their ethereal beats, or the cloud of weed smoke that seems to float from the speakers whenever Squadda B or MondreMAN spit one of their sky-high verses. While the origin of the term “cloud rap” may be up for debate, it’s undeniable that Main Attrakionz is carving out its own place in hip-hop by pioneering a new sub-genre. Read more »

The mixtape masters behind Friendzone get by with a little help from their...you know

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If you live in the Bay (or own a computer), you’ve probably heard of Oakland “cloud rap” duo Main Attrakionz via its breakthrough summer mixtape 808’s & Dark Grapes II. You may, however, be less familiar with the visionary producers behind two of the mixtape’s most spaced-out, hypnotically chill tracks, “Perfect Skies” and “Chuch.” Allow me to introduce you to the East Bay’s James Laurence and Dylan Reznick, a.k.a. Friendzone. Read more »